As the weather swings from warm to cold, noticeably more people are sniffling and sneezing. And I’m no exception– I was sick just last week. It was just the common cold with the usual suspects: runny, stuffy nose, coughing, sore throat– but that doesn’t make it any more bearable! When I’m sick I have a lot of trouble motivating myself to do anything, which is a problem because I now have an adult life to manage, with bills and an apartment to keep clean. Here are my tips and tricks for when I’m sick, but can’t take a day off:
Start Your Day with a Hot Shower
I tend to shower in the morning anyway, but when I’m sick my ultimate go-to is showering in the morning. Taking a hot shower in the morning will help to clear out your sinuses and warm up your muscles so they don’t feel so sore. It also can be hard to wake up in the morning when you’re sick, so taking a hot shower works well for this as well.
Take a Bath
Something I absolutely love when I’m sick is taking a bath. Like a shower, it will help to clear out your sinuses and relieve muscle pain. Something I recommend for bathtime when you’re sick is Epsom Salt. I used to use it when I was a dancer to relieve soreness, and it really does help achy muscles. In addition to the physical benefits, sometimes it’s just uplifting to use that really lovely bath bomb you’ve been hoarding.
Have Some Tea
This is a classic sick-day helper, but a little green tea (I say green tea because it has some caffeine to help you stay alert as well) with honey and lemon goes a long way. The lemon helps your immune system and kills bad bacteria, while the honey coats your throat and helps to alleviate pain. Some of my favorite teas to do this with are: Yogi Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy Tea (this is my all-time favorite tea– it’s a black tea with yerba mate and tangerine so it gives me lots of energy and is really uplifting), Numi Jasmine Green Tea(a green tea that has floral notes– so yummy), and Pukka Nighttime Tea (this one has no caffeine so it’s great for when you want some tea before bed).
This one is obvious, but one that I somehow forget when I’m sick. I try to push fluids, but it can be painful to swallow when you’re sick. Try drinking some tea first (which will help with hydration, and to flush out unwanted sickness), then follow it up with water. Drink a little more than you normally would– you body needs it.
Treat Your Skin
The skin really suffers when we’re sick. Usually this means that the skin is sallow, lackluster, and just generally unimpressive. When I feel myself getting sick I like to do a good exfoliating and balancing mask, such as Brazened Honey by Lush. It’s meant to deeply cleanse the skin and “revitalize sluggish or congested skin.” This mask seriously helps my skin glow, even when I’m sick. After I’ve done a mask, I literally slather moisturize all over my face. Once that moisturizer has soaked in, I’ll usually put a little more on, starting at the center of my face (since I tend to get a very dry nose when I’m sick). But don’t forget your body! Make sure you’re moisturizing your body too.
Fruits and Veggies
Everyone knows to have soup when they’re sick– it’s probably the ultimate go-to cold remedy. But, it’s also really important to have fruits and veggies. I know when I’m sick I tend to crave warm (usually junky) foods that I think will be comforting. But what your body really wants is nutrients. Try to fill your body with nutrients like fruits veggies, and complex grains to help you tough it out. They will help your immune system better than McDonald’s will. But of course, it’s okay to have a little soul food as well!
Do Some Yoga
When I say this, I mean stretch. You don’t need to do Hot Yoga, or a hardcore Vinyasa practice, I’m talking more like Restorative Yoga, or even just a little stretch session. Take 10 minutes out of your day to stretch out your hips, hamstrings, and neck. It will make you feel so much better to just move a little!
My final tip is this: Let yourself be a blob. When you’re sick, it’s inevitable that you will feel lethargic. Whether you’re dragging your feet when you walk, or all you want to do is lay on the couch and watch KUWTK while grabbing handfuls of Doritos, it’s important to let yourself do that. Even if you’re super busy and you only have 15 minutes to wrap yourself in a blanket and be lazy, try to take that time to rest. I know that even when I have a busy day, I always try to carve out some “chill” time.
These tips won’t be for everyone, but for me and my busy schedule, this is what works and keeps me going. Obviously I’m no doctor, so if you’re super sick please go to the doctor!!! But if you think you just need some TLC and quick remedies, try these out.