You woke up to find your body out of whack, and you know right away the day is only going to go downhill from there – or will it? Even though your’e exhausted (or in pain all over), there’s hope. Here’s some tips to keep your sick day as low maintenance as possible.
It’s relieving to have some go-to items ready when sickness strikes. When I muster the energy at some point, I’ll immediately bust them out to keep at my bedside.
We all heard it before, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again: stay hydrated when under the weather, from flus, colds, to a menstruation cycle. I’ll keep a thermos of water nearby in order to avoid extra trips so I can rest as much as possible, along with any necessary medicine. I also own a Urpower Diffuser that doubles as a humidifier. Its easy-to-use setup is ideal for sick days. Keep that in mind if you’re shopping around for one! The last thing you want is a high maintenance setup diffuser or humidifier while sick.
Confession: I wrote up this post by hand in bed while sick because I didn’t have the energy to sit at the computer, and was in a lot of pain. But I was mentally awake enough to do something because restlessness is expected when I’m sick. If you have the productivity urge, that’s totally normal! But don’t pull out the phone or laptop. Keep those closed and turn off the T.V so as not to overstimulate your brain. Instead, play some relaxation music (this is fine, just don’t stare at the playlist) and pull out that book or magazine you’ve been procrastinating to with. If chores might be delayed because of your sick day(s), why not jot down a list of things you’ll need to do when you’re feeling better? Bed-bound activities are totally fine to work on, but make sure they’re not crazy. Why? So you can close your eyes to rest whenever possible.
When it comes to self-care there are some simple everyday ways to pamper yourself to keep in mind. Draw that bubble bath or toss in somebath salts to create a relaxing environment. If this isn’t an option, take a quick (but soothing) shower. Afterward, get out a big plastic bowl, preferably one you don’t use in the kitchen. Make sure you can place both feet in it at once, and pour some warm-to-hot water followed by salts. If you’re up to it, give yourself a foot scrub. Lately I’ve been using Freeman Barefoot Exfoliating Polish , which leaves my feet really smooth.
The winter weather’s arrived where I am, and already I’ve had a minor cold. Do you have an emergency Sick Kit ready like I do? Keep warm and healthy – and don’t forget to take care of yourself, even when you’re sick!