There are many ways to survive those nasty cold bugs, but this is what I do to get through:
Accept that the cold might go on for 5-21 days. If symptoms are getting worse - not better or holding - after 14 days that is usually when I assume the virus has mutated into something else and I should go see the doctor.
Drink lots of warm fluids. My prefered comfort tea when I am suffering from the cold is Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals. This tea is like a huge internal hug when you are feeling sick. Check the label before enjoying, just in case your body doesn’t agree with the herbs involved. Chicken broth and warm water are good too. Add a little local honey for an extra boost to your immune system.
Rest and relax as much as possible. Go to bed early, sleep in a bit later, and nap if possible and needed. It is so important to listen to your body! Sometimes laying down makes the symptoms worse, so simply reducing vigorous activity helps too.
Eat good, healthy foods - especially soups and chili. Homemade and hot really is the best for you. I take advantage of our local co-op as much as possible for seasonal, organic produce. The hot, hot peppers that my husband grows in the garden are stored in my freezer for these winter months. Nothing like a hot paper lantern at 420,000 on the scoville scale to kick out a cold virus! (Jalapenos are 2500).
Cough syrups and cold medications aren’t really my thing. But when the aches and pains get really bad, I take an ibuprofen tablet as needed. No need to be super tough! In fact it’s better to be extra nice to yourself. Remember, this too shall pass. :)