I hope you had a great weekend and are kicking off your Monday feeling healthy and ready to take on the day.
I’m feeling much better, but yesterday especially I started to feel pretty terrible. Every part of my body just felt really off and my mood was off and I wasn’t even hungry all day. It was just a really blah day! Thankfully, I’m feeling much better but the grossness I felt last night has inspired this post for today!
I hate being sick, especially when I’m away from home and don’t have anyone to automatically turn to. It just bums me out on top of already not feeling my best. Today I want to talk about some small ways to help nurse yourself back to health and relax a bit when you’re not feeling well!
Here are some things I like to do when I’m feeling super gross, whether I have time to just lay in bed all day or I have to be out and about at least a little bit. Obviously running around while sick is not ideal, but come on! Life doesn’t stop for us to feel sick. Sometimes we have no choice. Here are my tips for your sick days!
STOCK UP ON LIQUIDS
Most importantly, drink a ton of water. No matter what you are sick with, water is your best friend. I also recommend hot drinks which soothe your throat and, in my opinion, your stomach. While I’m sick, I try to stay away from coffee and caffeinated tea – I usually go for a decaf lemon tea, or a decaf peppermint tea as it helps with digestion and can help ease a stomach sickness.
If your stomach is the problem, beverages like Sprite and Ginger Ale are also great to have around! These drinks calm your stomach down and can clear out a stomachache. Don’t go without them.
HAVE SMALL AND HEALTHY MEALS
Overeating while sick is never a good idea. Whether or not your stomach is the problem, overfilling your stomach will only add to your discomfort! If you eat smaller meals throughout the day, you’ll feel a little more refreshed than you would otherwise and your stomach will have an easier time processing.
Obviously, try to eat something healthy. Don’t try to nurse your body back to health by feeding it junk! This makes no sense! Since you’re not feeling well, I understand you probably don’t want to go out of your way to make a fancy, healthy cuisine – in fact, I recommend you don’t spend your energy on this. Aim for a sandwich with some greens in it, or some oatmeal with fruit. Have a simple meal, but one that will give your body a boost!
DO SOMETHING EXTRA RELAXING
Again, even if you have no choice but to be out and about during the day. Try to find the time after you come home to give your body some extra relaxation. Personally, I think this the perfect excuse to take a hot bath! The warm water will feel super refreshing on your skin and can even clear your sinuses. Find something you enjoy that is extremely relaxing, as this will give both your mind and your body a break – something both of them might need before you can start to feel better.
IF YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST WORK, GET COMFY
We can’t always ignore e-mails or skip out on homework when we’re feeling gross. This is the time when I think it’s finally okay to do homework in bed or while laying on the couch wrapped in a blanket, in your pajamas. This will help your body to relax as much as possible while still working.
If possible, try to stick to smaller tasks that won’t overwork your body or your mind. I would probably try to avoid writing a huge research essay while sick, if at all possible. I would focus on easier things such as readings for class, short assignments, or reviewing.
BE PATIENT AND HAVE A PLAN
Usually, we can’t nurse ourselves back to health in one night. Sometimes it may even take a week or more! But being patient is key, because if you’re not patient you might just stress your body out more and elongate the illness. Know that it takes time, and have a plan of action.
Find little things you can do so that you don’t fall too behind in work or classes, and have a plan for catching back up once you feel better. If we have a plan, we can avoid the stress of falling behind in our obligations, and our bodies will feel better faster. This will prevent us from feeling too impatient and our bodies from stressing.
If you’re feeling sick, I hope you feel better super soon! If you’re not sick, I hope you might be able to keep these tips in mind so that you are ready to battle any sickness as soon as you feel it coming on. It’s definitely getting to be that time of year where everyone is coughing and sniffling!
This is going to sound so cliché, but HONESTLY. The BEST way that you can protect yourself from getting sick is to WASH YOUR HANDS!!! For most of college, I have been able to prevent getting sick simply by washing my hands after using public doors or getting off of the bus. Remember how loaded with germs places like that are from other people’s hands, and wash it off! This is the #1 way people become sick, and there is such an easy preventive solution. So wash your dang hands!
I hope the rest of your week is wonderful, productive, and healthy. Happy January!
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