I am the first person to admit that I am really terrible at being ill. By this I mean the typical cold and flu that seems to be currently plaguing England, that everyone seems to be coming down with at the moment. I have a phobia of vomiting which leaves me constantly anxious when I'm ill, and I have to stop myself from tweeting things like 'Am I too I'll to Hoover my bedroom? Update: yes I am'. It happens to everyone! Therefore I am taking little steps in making this time at least a little bit less rubbish! Obviously my way of getting over illness is blogging about it...Hopefully I can share some of these little things and help some others too.
1. Make a Survival Pack - By this, I meant create a small bag that you can keep by your bedside full of everyone you need to ease the ill feelings. In mine at the moment is pain killers, berocca vitamins, rescue remedy (for the anxiety!), tissues, lip balm, anti bacterial hand gel and some kind of cooling head stick. It just takes a bit of the weight off, and makes everything you need within your reach in seconds.
2. Audiobooks - When you're ill, a lot of the time doing things like reading, watching films and playing video games can just be too much for your little brain, but these are often get only things that shake off the boredom that being ill for a week bearable. Sleeping is when our bodies can fight the illness most, but for all other times audiobooks are a really great way to relax and do nothing , but not be bored. If you don't own any then there are plenty available on YouTube to listen to for free, and audible.com often allows you to get one pretty cheap or sometimes free.
3. A Clean Environment - By making sure that the room you are in is tidy and clean, it helps you get into the mindset of being well and better which ultimately will boost your mood. If you are too ill you can always ask someone else to do it for you, but I find making year effort to get up and clear away the tissues, change the bed sheets and give your environment a bit of a cleanse always makes the world of difference.
4. Eat Well and Enjoy It! - If you're up for eating, make it count. I've always lived by the phrase 'eat for a cold and starve a fever' (disclaimer: I don't know if that's true!). As you'll probably be wanting to eat less, make what you do eat count. Always try to eat some sort of protein if you can, but honestly - eat whatever you feel like. If you want tuna salad? Go for it. Fancy some fruitcake? Go. For. It. Protein can be found in so many foods - anything with meat, fish, nuts, eggs and dairy in it will contain a decent amount of protein.
5. Socialise - Now obviously don't go and infect all your friends or go out if you don't feel up to it, but simply talking to someone else can help motivate you robe positive and put your situation into perspective. Friends can make you laugh and smile, and just talking someone over the phone or over text can lift your spirits. Being ill can be a lonely experience of spending days in bed, but those little gems of conversation can bring you back to he real world!
So those are my little tips! Obviously I am not a doctor, and this is not a substitute for medical help. But all these things have been really helping me get through being ill this week! The picture at the top was of Jack lying in bed with an ill Jasmine. I think it's sooo cute.
Watching: The Big Bang Theory on E4
Listening: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Looking Forward To: getting better, and finishing university!
Feeling: Snotty and drained!