Sick Day Essentials

Sick Day Essentials

Man have the last few days been tough! I haven’t been properly ill (as in bed bound) in a while it seems. I am not a fan!
On the plus side it gave me an idea for a new post! I got to thinking what helps make me feel better on a sick day…
Although I genuinely wanted to hide in bed and not move, I still felt disgusting and there was no one to help me (dam this adult life, I miss my mummy and I don’t care who knows it) so it basically boils down to me to sort things (primarily myself) out.
Stuff just doesn’t magically disappear when your ill. Hair gets dirty and needs to be addressed, the washing piles up and the plates don’t clean themselves.
My answer to this as I have found out over the past few days, is compromise.
Do a few chores and the things that really need to be done, even though you feel like death, and then your bed feels even better and more rewarding! Plus surrounding yourself with a few select items can make a world of difference.

Examples include…

1. A box of tissues
Simply treat yourself when you are ill to a pretty box of tissues! I know they are expensive for what they are, but its a lovely little comfort that can benefit your nose in the long run if you avoid the cheap sandpaper stuff! Kleenex do a range of box shapes and patterns, so take your pick!

2. Hot drinks + Favourite mug
Anyone who knows me is highly aware that I have a ‘mug problem’, in the sense that I have bought way too many for a person who doesn’t yet own her own house and has no reason to consistently add to her collection! But again, its a comfort thing! Pick your favourite hot drink, and have it by you in an effort to keep you hydrated!

3. Various Remedies
Starting with the infamous Lemsip Max! Also a hot drink option and made all the more enjoyable in the mug of your choice, this stuff will give you a rest bite from feeling crappy, even if it does last for what feels like a mere 5 mins!

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4 + 5. Get in the shower!
I have now made this a ‘when you are sick you must…’ rule! This simple act can make you feel like a human being and stave off the ‘disgusting feeling’ when you have stayed in bed all day. Also, brush your teeth! Things like this tend to go out of the window as they feature as insignificant to the disastrous way you are feeling, but they are important for making you feel better!

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6. Keep Hydrated
This one is obvious but often forgotten. Constantly keep a glass of water by your side and make it a priority to refill when empty!

7. Entertainment
After sleeping most of those awful overall body aches off, TV or visual entertainment is the non-taxing form of media that I reach for. I remember as a kid, I used to be able to come downstairs and lie on the sofa, having full use of the TV! I used to think this was awesome. It hasn’t really changed, except for how I view it, and I can safely say that in this situation, your Ipad is your friend!

8. Read

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When you feel more with it but still exhausted, this is the perfect time to read. Our busy lives leave little time to read these days and I find that my spare moments are filled up by various mobile or tablet screens. I wanted to get back into reading so have used some sick time to finish off Water for Elephants, which I cannot recommend more.

9. Attire
Now, I cannot rave about PJ bottoms (in particular mens) enough! Men’s PJ’s, I find, always have pockets, are baggy enough to be comfortable and are made out of soft material with more traditional flannel-esque bedtime patterns! I tend to always grab mine from the H&M mens section and I love them to bits!

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So there you have it! Don’t feel bad about resting. Modern day life can be very demanding and I find myself often feeling guilty when I’m forced to do nothing, but its necessary, and not a bad thing. 
Any little thing you can do to make yourself feel better is invaluable. And don’t be afraid to admit to your friends when you need help, even though you may feel like an inconvenience to them…shout out to Minty who has made sure I have not starved to death, for which I am most grateful! 
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