Best Things to do When You're Sick

Being sick sucks. Yeah, I said it. There are a variety of illnesses of course, so symptoms vary. However, the mentality is the same. Wow, I feel rotten. When will this aching go away? Oh my god, the world is spinning & I'm so nauseous. I don't want to eat anything because I know it's not going to stay down. Well, I better just stay by this toilet. I can't remember feeling well; how long has it been? 

I tend to get dramatic when I'm ill simply because I am aware of every second. Each moment of writhing pain seems to last a lifetime. What about that awful gagging as you attempt to make your way to the bathroom? There's hope. It'll go away (generally). And I've got a few ideas & proven methods to make your "adventure" a little better. Here are the best things to do when you're sick & here's to staying healthy, hydrated, & happy! 



Drink water - Please stay hydrated! If your mouth is parched or your urine is smelly or yellow, drink water or eat crushed ice. Be sure to look up symptoms & the best way to deal with them. For example, if you have food poisoning, drinking anything could make your symptoms worse. Ask a doctor or look it up! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend drinking plenty of water & other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss aka dehydration.

Eat your veggies - Fruits & vegetables carry essential vitamins & minerals. Eat them in order to boost your immunity. Garlic, citrus fruits, red peppers, mushrooms, leafy greens, blueberries, & carrots are especially useful foods to fight colds, according to Health


Call a friend - You may want to deal with this alone, but you shouldn't. If you're truly in bad shape, it's best to have a friend or family member around to ease your stress. They can run downstairs to bring you crushed ice or drive to the store to buy you some electrolyte-rich food or drink. If you're contagious, be extra careful to cover your coughs & sneezes. 

Watch a movie - It's a superb way to waste some time & get your mind off the pain or dizziness. I chose Titanic. Since I've seen it before, I figured I'd just take a nap at some point (the film is over 3 hours long). To my surprise, I watched the entire thing. Then I realized I hadn't thrown up in over 3 hours! Huzzah! Thank you Netflix. Thank you James Cameron, Kate Winslet, & Leonardo Dicaprio.




Rest - Bed rest is your best bet. If you just ran a marathon, would you go workout afterward? Uh, I hope not. If you're strained, stressed or unsettled, don't work harder than your body already is. Chill out, man. That nap may be the answer to your problems.


Blow your nose - Don't hold it in. It may be loud & embarrassing to sound like an elephant, but you gotta let it out. When you're sick you have increased mucus production as well as congestion, so you'll want to expel them in order to relieve your symptoms, according to WebMD. If necessary, you may want to use a nasal spray. Plus, nobody wants to hear you sniffling all day. Nobody wants to see the snot dripping out of your nose. Grab a tissue, trek to the bathroom, & blow your nose. 

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Take a shower - Sickness can make you feel lethargic, tired, groggy. If you take a shower, you may feel more invigorated. The water pressure can be therapeutic for aches & pains. It doesn't hurt to get squeaky clean. It could be better for you than you thought.

Put on background music - Bust out your favorite record, CD, or radio channel. The tunes can calm you down & ease your spirits. Hearing some nice old Motown jams as you fall in & out of sleep is incredibly comforting. Despite your illness, music is there for you. 



Being sick is never fun. But these really are some of the best things to do when you're sick. That's why we must try our best to prevent illness in the first place. Wash your hands. Eat healthy. Exercise often. Maintain your health before you get sick. Have a great day & keep those germs at bay!

When was the last time you were sick? Do any of these tips work well for you? Let me know! :D


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44 comments

  1. good tips. naps and movies are a must.

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  2. Good tips!
    You're so right eating healthy and drinking water is some of the best things you can do! Although its hard when you're sick you just want to reach for junk!
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    www.thegarlandgirl.com

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    1. That's half the struggle, isn't it?! When you're sick the last thing you want is a carrot, but it's the first thing you need. :p

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  3. yes bed rest is super important! whenever I am sick I stay in bed all day and just sleep... I feel a lot better the next day :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  4. Thanks for the tips. It's actually very helpful!

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  5. Great list! I was feeling under the weather yesterday and I just laid in bed all day. It was fantastic!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Fantastic...minus the illness, right? Hehe. :p

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  6. Yesss!! It's so important to rest and take things slow. I also always make sure I'm injecting myself with fresh produce :)

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  7. I always love catching up with shows on Netflix when I'm sick! Can stay in bed for hours watching and don't have to feel guilty!;-)

    Great list!

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    1. Hahaha, you're so right. Guilt free binge tv watching!:]

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  8. Having a chronic illness means I am sick every hour of everyday, so this is basically my life in a nutshell! You're spot on with these tips, I must have watched over 1000 movies in the past three years!

    Hayleyeszti.com

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    1. Gosh, I'm sorry to hear that Hayley. Is it a diagnosed condition? I spend a lot of time in forums for my day job & have learned a lot about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia, as well as other chronic illnesses. I've found that it seems chronic illness is misunderstood. "Well you don't look sick..." for example. Best wishes. <3:]

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  9. I woke up sick today, so this is perfect! Blah...thanks for the tips! :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Blah indeed. Hope you feeling better ASAP, Shauna. :]

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  10. I love this post!!! Thanks for sharing

    xoxo

    kaley

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  11. Great tips!! I hate being sick- but water and veggies are a must, as well as bed rest obviously!
    Emily xxx
    Emily May- Interior Design

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    1. Water, veggies, bed rest. Practically the cure! :]

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  12. Amazing tips!
    Orange Juice got my cold to leave a few days faster!

    A good movie is a must! Bring on Harry Potter!

    Fix Me In Fort Five - A beauty blog.

    x

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    1. Omg yes, Harry Potter marathon would be awesome. :]

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  13. thanks for sharing :) i like watching movies in bed when i feel bad

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  14. Oh where were you when I was sick a week ago haha I'd definitely use some of your tips!
    Very nice blog by the way :)

    Kisses from Russia,
    Juliet
    RUSSIAN DOLL

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    1. Oh darn, wish I coulda helped. Thanks for stopping by, Juliet. :]

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  15. Great tips - There seems to be lots of bugs going round at the minute! xx

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    1. Yeah, it happens in the winter & with finals. Darnit. :]

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  16. Great post...love it ;-)

    P.S Thanks for visiting my blog and for lovely comments...new post is up :-)
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  17. Great post buddy. Happy Holidays.

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  18. Hello Carmen!
    I hate being sick and hate call a doctor, the best for me is drinking a lot of water with lemon and ginseng and also rest! Great tips doll!
    You have a very nice blog dear and I will be glad if we follow each other, just let me know and I follow back!
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Water with lemon & ginseng or ginger works wonders! :]

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  19. Perfect timing! I am feeling a cold coming on. My boyfriend was sick all week and I finally caught it! Now, I'm going to drink water! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Exactly. Start taking preventative measures like drinking water & getting lots of vitamins & nutrients from fruits/veggies. :]

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  20. I hate getting sick. Yuk. Especially when it's anything stomach related! Thank you for these tips! They will definitely come in handy seeing as though I get sick very often lol! :) P.S. Thank you for visiting my blog Carmen!

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    1. Stomach ones are terrible ! Bleh. Thanks for reading. :]

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  21. Water & veggies are definitely important! I never have enough of them when I'm sick. Great tips! :) x

    Angela // The Sunday Chapter

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    1. Veggies are a must indeed. I like to eat veggies with hummus. It's healthy but has more taste. :]

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  22. Safe to say I need to read this post because I am laying in bed with a tower of tissues next to me but I am glad this should be gone before Xmas day YAY. Great post loved it. xox

    http://www.rainbowsandunicornsblog.co.uk/2014/12/my-first-ever-birchbox-christmas.html

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    1. Yes, it should definitely be gone! Hope you feel better asap. :]

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  23. Watching movies when sick is a must.

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  24. Agreed - bed rest and movies are the best thing, just need to ride it out! :)

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