When my 6:30 alarm went off this morning, I turned to Matt and was like “nope.” I started to feel poorly yesterday afternoon – I had swollen tonsils, a sore throat and a nasty cough – but this morning it felt like my whole throat and face was on fire. So, I took the day off work.
I haven’t moved all day and I’m feeling very sorry for myself because I took a couple of days off sick last week too. When things start getting a little stressful (in this case, my new job), it’s as if my immune system just gives up. Last week, I had a mouth full of demonic ulcers and sores in my mouth and this week my tonsils are playing up. I can’t catch a break!
I never really follow my own advice when I’m ill. There are lots of things I know I could to do make sick days a little easier. So here is a gentle reminder to myself, and to you, for when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, on how to make yourself feel a little bit better.
- Brush your hair, and have a shower or a bath.
When I’m sick, the last thing I want to do is submerse myself in hot water. I am now in a committed relationship with Lush bath bombs and bubble bars so they make the process a whole lot nicer when I’m feeling poorly.
- Don’t forget to drink water.
You’d think this is an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised how little water I used to drink. When I’m sick, I tend to just sit and let time pass by but it’s really important to keep yourself hydrated. Healthy body, healthy mind.
- Spend time with your pets.
I don’t know about you, but after 10 minutes ‘one-on-one’ time with one of my cats I can actually feel my heart slow down and my body stops being so tense. It’s amazing what a bond with your pets can do.
- Create a little nest.
When I was young and had to take a day off school because I was ill, watching day time television felt like the naughtiest, most exciting thing I could do. Now, creating a bed in the living room gives me the same pleasure. I bring the quilt and my pillows onto the sofa (okay, I lied, Matt does this for me) and create a sofa fort. Poorly and uncomfortable is a bad mix, so make yourself comfortable if you’re going to be sat around doing nothing all day. That brings me onto my next point…
- Try not to sit on your bum all day (if you can help it).
I can’t speak for everybody, but when illness and stillness combine I start to feel really down in the dumps. Because it’s only my head and throat that are feeling crappy today, I’ve been thinking of things to keep the rest of my body from getting bored or depressed. A bath was my first idea, but I’m also thinking of ironing, stretching and maybe organising my desk area.
- Take your mind of it.
It’s hard to start feeling better if you’re only feeling sorry for yourself. Do something simple but fun. Do a crossword, draw a picture, write a blog post, play a game. Try not to focus on how crap you’re feeling, and try to smile.