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Being sick is no fun, and with cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s time to get prepared. So today, I’m sharing my favorite tips to help you survive a sick day!
Somehow, I’ve already gotten sick once this fall. I blame my husband, who travels constantly for work. He must have brought those nasty airplane germs home with him (just kidding … maybe!).
Thankfully, it was a 24 hour thing, and I recovered quickly. But being sick reminded me that cold and flu season is almost here, and that now is the time to get ready.
Being under the weather is the worst, but why not make the best of it? At least you’re not at work, right? Here are a few of my favorite tips to help you survive a sick day.
Get Settled and Cozy
Before you hunker down on the couch or in bed, take a few minutes to gather a few creature comforts. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read, a pile of unread magazines, or a crossword puzzle or sudoku book.
Pull out a couple pillows and a few blankets to ward off any chills. Round up cold medicine, cough drops, and tissues. Find some snack and drinks.
Make sure the remote, phone, and computer or tablet are within reach. Don’t forget chargers!
Basically, keep whatever you can find to keep you entertained and feeling better within arm’s reach, because you won’t want to get up once you get comfy!
Water is always great (add lemon for a dose of Vitamin C), but my go to sick day drink is tea. A cup of hot tea is a tried and true method for fighting off colds and the flu. It’s comforting, soothes a sore throat, and warms the body on chilly days. To me, there’s also nothing more relaxing when I’m cranky than a cup of my favorite tea.
When shopping for tea, my first choice is always Bigelow Tea. I love the delicious, unique flavors, and by choosing Bigelow, I can “tea proudly”! Bigelow Tea is a family-owned company that manufactures its tea in the US from the freshest, most high quality ingredients. They also have a commitment to supporting our troops which I truly admire.
I’m a huge fan of Bigelow’s Green Tea, and their Green Tea with Lemon was so soothing (especially with a little honey added) on my recent sick day. Make sure to cheer yourself up by using a cute mug for your tea, too. I love my owl mug! It’s guaranteed to make me smile, even when I’m feeling my worst.
Get a Little Fresh Air
When you’ve been sick for a few days, the air in your home is bound to feel stale. If you’re feeling up to it, bundle up and take an easy walk or sit on your porch. Just breathing in the fresh air is bound to perk you up a little bit.
If you don’t have a porch, or just aren’t up for a walk, try cracking open a window for a few minutes. You’ll get the same benefits without leaving your home.
Indulge in a TV or Movie Marathon
My favorite way to survive a sick day is by catching up on my favorites shows, losing myself in a good movie, or binge watching a new-to-me series. When else will you have so many uninterrupted hours?
When it comes to movies, I like to watch my faves, like Waitress, Hairspray, or the Hunger Games series. A cheesy, romantic comedy will often cheer me up, too.
A sick day is also the perfect time to binge watch a TV show that’s been on your list for too long. Right now, I’m loving anything British. Call the Midwife, The Fall, Orphan Black, Happy Valley, Catastrophe, and Broadchurch are a few of my recent favorites. You could also watch an old standby like Friends, Seinfeld, or Gilmore Girls … the options are pretty much endless!
It’s so tempting when you’re sick to try to catch up on things. Put the to do list aside though, because you’ll get better much faster if you simply take it easy.
Illnesses always seem to strike at the worst time. If it’s busy at work, try to delegate as much as possible or only do what is absolutely necessary. Ask a friend or neighbor for assistance with a task or personal errand that can’t be put off. They’ll probably be happy to help.
If you’re having a hard time sitting still, use the downtime to reflect on your life a bit. Make lists of goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months or years. Day dream about a beach vacation. Call a friend or relative that you’ve been meaning to connect with. Whatever you do, give your body a chance to recuperate.
Take a Shower or Bath
Before you settle on the couch for another day, take a few minutes for a relaxing shower. If you’re feeling achy, a warm bath filled with epsom salts will soothe your muscles. At the very least, wash your face and brush your teeth. I guarantee you’ll feel a little better.
Don’t forget to change into clean clothes (I suggest your favorite pajamas or yoga pants topped with your coziest sweater!) when you’re done.
Warm up broth to soothe your throat and tummy. Chew on crackers, cheese, and fruit, or munch on veggies and hummus. Make a tomato and cheese omelet; it only takes a few minutes.
Of course, soup is always the best. Yet, whenever I’m sick, my cupboards seems to be bare. Thankfully, I usually have all the ingredients for my go to sick day remedy, a yummy Peas and Rice Soup, in my pantry. Check my archives for the recipe and feel free to replace the peas with whatever you have in your fridge or freezer.
Before Your Get Sick
Of course, the best way to survive a sick day is to plan ahead. That way, you won’t have to drag yourself to the drugstore when all you want to do is stay in bed.
Stock your medicine cabinet now with cold medicine and cough drops. I like to keep this stuff in a box that I can pull out at the first sign of illness. Fill your pantry with soup and nonperishable snacks, too. If you like to cook, keep your freezer stocked with homemade soup, too. Whenever I make soup, I cook a double batch and freeze half.
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