Self care Tips for Sick Days

Hi everyone

So I haven’t posted anything since July. My bad… but life has been hectic and I am currently sick with a cold. I had a cold since last Friday. I got a Covid test so I couldn’t do much but stay at home and luckily it turned out negative. I got the results 12 hours later, which was quick as they say you will get the results 24 hrs to 48 hrs after getting tested. I probably got it earlier because I rang up Clinical Labs collection centre to ask if I could get my results earlier. My results were still pending at the time I rang.

I lost my voice on Saturday followed by conjunctivitis. I have had it for a week now. My eyes are getting better though as I have been putting Chlorsig eye drops in and my cold is gone but I have still lost my voice. I am currently taking antibiotics for it so hopefully I will be better by next week. My doctor diagnosed me with adenovirus.

It sucks being sick. You feel sad when you are sick as you are not feeling your best and then you feel stressed because you can’t work but luckily I am permanent position now so I get sick leave. But I use to be on casual so I know what’s it like not getting paid when you are sick. My doctor told me there’s a lot of viruses out there now so we have to be careful, wash your hands thoroughly and don’t touch your face or eyes before washing your hands. That’s probably how I got conjunctivitis.

This virus is probably one of the worse viruses I have ever had as I had a cold, lost my voice and then got conjunctivitis. It felt like I had everything! But now I am feeling much better and so I have learnt some self care tips for when being sick.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t be too hard on yourself for getting sick. You may feel like crap but it’s not your fault for getting sick. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself the time to rest and recover. Don’t get angry at yourself for not being able to do things like work or study. Remember, it’s best to stay at home when sick so don’t spread the germs and rest so you can get better.

Treat yourself

Treat yourself to a day of rest or sleep. Allow yourself to recover. Take time off to care for yourself and treat yourself to a nice hot bath, light some candles and pamper yourself. Do something you love that you never get time to do like playing video games, reading a book, or do some meditation if able to do the breathing techniques.

Drink lots of fluids

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids whether it’s a nice cup of coffee/tea, orange juice or a smoothie. It’s recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day or 2L of water to keep the doctor away.

Get some fresh air

When you have more energy and if it’s nice weather it’s always good to get some fresh air and vitamin D as when you are sick all you just want to do is stay in bed and you are not getting enough vitamin D that you need. So spend at least 10 minutes outdoors when you are able to.

Have a shower

I know you may not feel like having a hot shower when you are sick but having a hot shower is good for getting rid of germs because of the steam, especially if you have nasal congestion.

Allow yourself to stay in pjs the whole day

I don’t like staying in my pyjamas the whole day as you feel dirty but when you are sick you feel dirty anyway so it doesn’t really matter if you stay in your pyjamas or not. I like to get into lounge wear at around late afternoon and I feel so much better.

So those are my self care tips for when you are sick. It’s not much but I hope it helps you for when you get sick but I hope none of you gets sick and take care of yourself by eating healthy, and doing exercise regularly.

Stay safe!

Love N xx

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