One of the most important, powerful things you can do for yourself when you’re sick, is care for yourself. While others may offer to care for you (and of course you can take them up on this), you’ll have a much speedier recovery if you choose to care for yourself too.
Here are the must do’s for when you’re feeling sick or under the weather:
First of all, you need to take some time to rest and recuperate. Even if you have a simple cold, attempting to carry on life as normal can hinder you in the long run. Going to the gym might not be the best idea and make you feel worse. Would it kill you to have a day off work too? Do you really want to spread your germs to others?
Getting ill can be annoying, especially if you’re really busy, but it can sometimes be a sign from your body that you need to slow down and relax, so take as much time for yourself as you can.
Take A Long Bath Or Shower
Staying clean will not only help you to avoid spreading those germs, it’ll make you feel much better. Take a bath or shower, whichever you prefer. If you can handle the heat, it could also help to clear your head and sinuses.
Drink Plenty Of Liquids To Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated at all times is important, but especially when you feel unwell (unless you have been told to avoid drinking too much by a medical professional). Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, and potentially juice. You can also make yourself nice soups. These liquids will stop you from feeling too lethargic and groggy and clear up your sinuses further.
Have A Contingency Plan In Place
If you feel you need to carry on your life is normal even though you’re sick, then that’s how you feel. However, you should at least put a contingency plan in place so that you and others can have peace of mind. Save important numbers in your phone, and consider your options. For instance, medical flight services are available for serious instances. Ideally, you’ll take the time to rest, but we understand this isn’t always possible.
Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
Drugs like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine will only make you feel worse and prolong your illness. They aren’t going to do your body any favors!
Enjoy The Simple Things
Now is a time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. Spend the day watching an old favorite film, reading a book, and doing other low-energy activities that make you feel good. Don’t wallow in your own despair!
Seek Help If Your Symptoms Persist
If your symptoms persist, it could be time to go and see a professional. They might not seem serious at first, but there could be something scarier at play. Make sure you take your health seriously if you have these symptoms for longer than a few weeks.
Care for yourself and you’ll likely recover much faster!