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You’re sick, but it’s not about you anymore. You don’t have the option to sit on the couch, veg out and rest until you’re better. So what do you do to make sure you’re not completely miserable?
I just got over a little cold, which nothing compared to when I was sick this spring, thankfully. But it was tough. I have a baby, a full-time job with an hour-long commute and other responsibilities that I can’t drop just because I don’t feel well. And I love my husband, but he’s not exactly the guy that waits on you hand and foot when you’re sick. He’s the “you better suck it up and deal” type, which, to be honest, is what I need because otherwise I’d be a useless human being.
When I’m sick, I have a few go-to items and routines.
1. Tea… and lots of it! I’m not a tea person at all. I’m more of a mocha person because I’m too much of a wuss to handle straight coffee. But when I’m sick, I love my tea. I’m not sure if my tea even helps much, but it does make me feel better. I love the Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea from Teavana. This is the only tea I’ll drink because it has a great spiced flavor, which is perfect when I’m all stuffed up and can’t taste much else.
2. Comfy, cozy clothes: Sure, it’s 90 degrees and humid out right now, but wearing loose, soft clothes just makes me feel so much better. The last thing I want when I’m not feeling well is to feel restricted in clothes that are fitted. So yes, it was hot out but I was still wearing a big cable knit sweater at work all last week.
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3. Soup: I’m sure you’re seeing a pattern now. Yes, I hate being cold and I love warm things that make me feel cozy, whether it is food, drinks or clothes. I usually don’t have a very big appetite when I’m sick, but I’ll force myself to eat to make sure I’m getting enough nutrients to stay strong enough to help take care of my son. I can’t expect my husband to do it all! Soup is a great option because it feels good on your throat, keeps you hydrated and provides you with the stuff you need to keep going.
4. Really soft tissues: When I start getting sick, I know to stock up on good tissues. I’ll buy a six pack of the full boxes of Puff Plus with Lotion because Puffs is right, “A nose in need deserves Puffs indeed.” Sorry to all the other tissue companies, but nothing comes close to providing relief for my nose like my Puffs do. Having the right tissue is essential, otherwise your nose hurts terribly and that makes you feel even worse!
5. Sleep: One of my surefire ways to get better as quickly as possible is getting as much sleep as I can. In fact, one of the best ways to get myself sick is a lack of sleep and burning the candle at both ends. This is much easier said than done when you have kids. But luckily, this is where my amazing husband comes in. He was super understanding of me going to bed a little earlier than normal so I could get my rest. I made sure to get my half of any nighttime chores done that we have (making lunch, getting coffee and bottles ready, doing the dishes) before I went to bed, but I made sure to do them a little earlier than normal.
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Those are five ways I take care of myself when I’m feeling crummy but don’t have the option to drop everything. What are yours? Share in the comments below!