So since I moved to Germany, I have been trying to be more mindful of these sort of things. It helps that I don't feel guilty about taking a sick day at work - it is expected. In fact, in the beginning, I used to go into the office when I had a cold or a cough "that wasn't really that bad" and people would look at me in horror and shoo me out of their offices, telling me to go home right now. So I started listening.
But I still don't like it. The only thing about being sick that I do really like is the excuse to make hot toddies, which, honest to God, really really help when you are sick. At least temporarily. It's that wonderful combination of honey, lemon, hot water, spices, and of course a shot of whiskey.
2 fingers measure of whiskey
juice of 1/4 lemon, and 1 slice of the peel
1 cinnamon stick
1 spoonful of honey
2-3 thin slices of fresh ginger
1. Heat the water in a teapot on the stove.
2. Pour the whiskey into the bottom of a teacup.
3. Remove the outer skin from the ginger, and slice a couple of nickel-sized rounds.
4. Squeeze the lemon into the teacup. Slice off a strip of the peel and add to the cup.
5. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, ginger, and a spoonful of honey. Pour the hot water over everything and stir until the honey is absorbed.
6. Let the spices steep in the hot water for a few minutes before drinking.
After consuming, immediately go to bed and let the soporific effects of the hot toddy lull you into as restless a sleep as possible given your inability to breathe at night.