Many people have ideas of their sick days. They prepare themselves for a boring day in their pajamas, miserably struggling to get through the day. However, there are many things, other than taking medicine, that can make you feel a lot better and it doesn’t involve napping or Iron Chef marathons.
1. Sleep late. When you feel sickness coming on, you should take advantage of it at night and seize the opportunity to sleep in late. It’s easier to get a full rest during the night, rather than trying to nap all day when you may have likely interruptions.
2. Clean yourself up. Taking care of yourself while sick doesn’t just mean taking medicine and getting rest. It also means making yourself feel good and comfortable. Don’t walk around in your pajamas feeling sweating and dirty. This can make you feel worse, sometimes, and irritable. Instead, take a shower, get dressed, comb your hair and brush your teeth.
3. Clean up. The typical image of someone at home sick is them coughing and in their PJ’s with piles of tissue paper in a messy house. This doesn’t have to be your sick day. If you’re feeling well enough, do some light house work. Sweep the floors, do the laundry, or make dinner early. Doing this will make you feel less miserable and stressed by your illness. It can also increase your energy and give you a bit of a boost. Don’t overdo it, though.
4. Do computer work or study. Like I said, some part of illness can be mental and feeling accomplished can make you feel a bit better. If you’re a student, try to catch up on studying. Do some computer work or answer emails, for work. Many people find sick days difficult because they get bored. Solve this by doing something productive.
5. Eat healthy. Not only will it boost immunity but eating light, healthy meals will reduce indigestion and sour stomach. For flu and colds, research items high in vitamin C and are anti-inflammatory. Light and healthy foods are easier to prepare and can make you feel a lot better.
6. Get some fresh air. You may think you need to stay inside sleeping all day, but getting a little exercise in the fresh air can really make your sickness more bearable. It can be as simple as a light stroll or sitting outside while reading a book.
7. Avoid napping. While many people believe you should sleep all day when you’re sick, it really can work to your detriment. Many times when you nap, it can cause headaches, sluggishness, and drowsiness. You can end up feeling worse than you did. Instead, resting by doing light activities, sitting down to read or even doing sedentary work.