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Thank you, Mothers!

Thank you, Mothers!

Mother’s Day was started in the early 1900’s by a Philadelphia copywriter named Anna Javis as a tribute to her own mother, Ann. According to Time magazine, Anna founded mother’s day to commemorate mothers for their “matchless service” in all aspects of life. Anna had wanted the day to allow mothers to come together and help less fortunate mothers. After Ann’s passing, Anna led the national charge, but switched the messaging to honor one’s own mother instead. Take a moment to recognize and appreciate the motherly figures in your life on May 9th for their hard work. If you need ideas, here are some suggestions. 

Consider celebrating outside! While COVID case numbers are dropping in the United States and more people have been vaccinated, restrictions are being lifted allowing for more gatherings to occur. Continuing to remain safe and to follow protocols this Mother’s Day is essential in helping us move to a more normalized summer. If you are gathering with others outside your household who have not been vaccinated, take advantage of the springtime weather and meet outside. 

If you are far away from your mother, calling or scheduling a video chat will bring her joy and bring you closer. Sending a card or flowers can also brighten her day! Who doesn’t love dessert? Contact a local bakery and inquire about having a sweet treat delivered. This blog from Parade also lists 30 ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day. If possible, support small, asian-owned, or black-owned businesses if sending something. Browse thousands of businesses using these resources:  Black- Owned Businesses Directory, Support Block-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online, or 40+ Asian- Owned Businesses to Shop

This Mother’s Day, we are honoring Cold FAid®’s founder, Julie Dickens. She began this business venture as a way to help others, including mothers, take charge of their and their older childrens’ health by fighting colds faster and more efficiently. This product has eased the minds of many parents, especially those with students in college. Thank you for all you do! 

Happy Mother’s Day from our team at Cold FAid®!

Spring into Activity

Spring into Activity

April showers bring May flowers and, with that, warmer weather. Being active outside is a great way to improve your mental health and stay fit! This can lead to greater overall happiness. Instead of dreading physical activity as an obligation to check off, incorporate it into your daily health and wellness routine. Here are some suggestions for remaining active this spring. 

Physical exercise is a key aspect of living a healthy life. Walking, running, and hiking are three common ways to exercise in warmer weather. In addition to increasing your heart rate and burning calories, these activities allow for exploring nature and socializing with friends. Find new areas to traverse using apps or websites like AllTrails. Biking is another social activity that also includes numerous health benefits. To start, since your weight is primarily on your pelvis, biking is easier on your joints. Like all aerobic workouts, pedaling causes endorphins to be released while building muscle and bone. Engage in any of these activities to move your body and talk socially. 

Sports offered by local parks and recreation departments or other companies are a great way to stay moving and meet others. Join a beginners group or a competitive league. Learn a new sport like pickleball or stick to a familiar one. Swimming is another low impact sport that has numerous benefits, including toning muscles and building strength. Regardless of what you choose, consistently engage in these activities to maintain physical and mental strength.

This spring, get a head start on the day and leave time for a morning walk or yoga routine. This can help clear your mind and prepare you for the day ahead. If possible, take a 20-25 minute walk during your lunch break to rest your mind before you conquer the rest of the day. Finish out the evening with a jog, bike ride, or walk. When consistently implemented over time, you will start to notice increased energy levels throughout the day, decreased stress, improved mental clarity and strengthened overall health.

If a cold tries to interfere with your routine, fight it off fast and regain your health with Cold FAid®. We hope you stay active and healthy this spring! 

Cold or Allergies?

Cold or Allergies?

With spring on the horizon, allergy season is coming. The blooming of flowers and budding of trees causes allergens to flourish! When allergy season is in full swing, it can be difficult to differentiate a cold and allergies. 

While a cold is caused by a virus, allergies are caused by an immune system’s reaction to an allergen like pollen, grasses, or animal dander. Since allergic reactions are the result of exposure to allergens, symptoms will last as long as one is exposed. Allergies are most common in the spring and summer due to pollen or winter due to mold. However, they can happen at any time of the year, just like the common cold. Cold season is defined as the time period with the highest incidence, namely late August through early April. Colds will typically last less than 2 weeks.

The antecedent is different for both illnesses, but it results in similar symptoms. Sneezing, runny nose, and stuffy nose are the three most common overlapping symptoms. Itchy or watery eyes are more typical of  allergies, although can be present with colds. Fevers, coughs, headaches, and body aches are often signs of a cold. Over days cold symptoms commonly evolve and change while allergic reactions remain consistent. Of note, if your nasal mucus is yellow, green or thick, that is also more indicative of an infection like a cold. 

If you are unsure about what is causing your allergies, talk to your doctor about seeing an allergist to obtain a skin test and create a treatment plan. Allergies can be treated with antihistamines, decongestants, as well as nasal steroids. Cold relief medications aid your body’s reaction to the cold virus and symptoms. Cold FAidhas all of the essentials to conquer the common cold quickly. 

We, at Cold FAid, hope you remain happy and healthy this spring!