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

Self Love Book Club | The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K vs **** NO! by Sarah Knight | Book Review

Hi all

After finishing Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King, I went on to reading The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K by Sarah Knight. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a long time but I just had not been wanting to read this until I started reading her other book ***** NO! by Sarah Knight, which is How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t or You Just Don’t Want To.

Her books are a bit hard to get into in my opinion with the repetitive use of the F word throughout the book and her sense of humour. She uses serif fonts throughout her two books and also highlights the important phrases in the book in bold. Sarah gives good tips and exercises throughout her books. For example, in the Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K she tells you to do a Fuck Budget, which is a list of things that you Don’t Give a Fuck About and also a list of things that you Do Give a Fuck About. See what I mean by the repetitive use of the F word? I am sorry if this offends you but there will be a lot of F words in this post but you can blame Sarah Knight for that.

Sarah Knight compares her method to the Marie Kondo method of tidying up in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K. She names her method as the NotSorry Method and uses decluttering as getting rid of all the F**Ks in your life. This includes Things, Work, Friends, Acquaintances, Strangers, and the hardest one Family. I wanted to read this book because I wanted to get some tips on how to say no to my family who put pressure on me to finish my nursing. I know I should finish my nursing as I am nearly there but I am not enjoying it all and I feel I am not good enough to be a nurse. I get stressed, emotional and depressed when it comes to assessments. But I need to finish it because I don’t want to disappoint my parents and I don’t want other people to think I am a failure as I have given up so many times. But who cares what other people think? Is their opinion more important than your happiness? So this book gives useful tips when it comes to giving advice on not giving a F**K. It states that once you feel guilty, you have already failed at not giving a f**k. It is highlighted in bold so it is an important phrase to remember and it helps to encourage you to not give a fuck.

I prefer to read Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K more than than F*** No! Because I need to learn how to not care what other people think more than learning how to say no. It states that no is an acceptable answer and you shouldn’t feel guilty about saying no either. This book also gives you plenty of exercises to do and also there’s a quiz to identify if you are a People-Pleaser, an Overachiever, a Pushover, or have a serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I think I am a people-pleaser and have serious FOMO sometimes I say yes to things because I don’t want to miss out and also I want to make people happy so I feel bad when I say no to things. But I do know how to say no so don’t really need this book as much as the other one.

Overall, I don’t really know if I like Sarah Knight’s writing style. It’s hard to get used too. I want to get her other books though Get Your S*** Together, You Do You and Calm the F*** Down but I don’t really need the last one. I am calm most of the time except when I am stressed when it comes to studying and also when I get a-lot of pain from my Endometriosis. Maybe her other books will inspire me more? Who knows? What did you think of her books? Have you read them yet? Let me know in the comments below. Because I haven’t finished her books yet I can’t really rate them but I will let you know what I rate them in my next Self Love Book Club post.

Happy reading!

Love Nat xx

Self Love Book Club | Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King | Book Review

Hi all

So I just finished this book called Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King. It was funny how I stumbled across it as I had first seen it on Pinterest and thought that the cover was a really nice print. I did not know that it was an actual book until I saw it at a book shop and so I thought it must be fate! I just had to get it so I bought the book from QBD book shop.

It was the first book that got me out of the slump I was in. I had not picked up a book in ages and I wanted to get back into reading again. I was hooked by Vex’s words and wisdom from the start to finish. I really enjoyed his writing and he gives good advice throughout the book. He gives you past experiences and stories so can understand the topic better and some of it is quite relatable. The text is simple sans serif but the quotes are a contrast to the body of the text as they are in a serif font and in a bigger size that are scattered throughout the book. The headings are in bold and in a sans serif font that makes it easier to follow. The colour theme of this book is nice and simple with a gold and white cover. I don’t know much about Vex King but I know he was a music producer that turned into a mindful coach and became popular through Instagram. You can check out his instagram here: @vexking.

There’s seven parts or headings to this book, which are:

  • Part One: A Matter of Vibes
  • Part Two: Positive Lifestyle Habits
  • Part Three: Make Yourself a Priority
  • Part Four: Accepting Yourself
  • Part Five: Manifesting Goals: Mind Work
  • Part Six: Taking Goals, Mind Action
  • Part Seven: Pain and Purpose

If any of these headings struck a chord in you then this is the book for you!

The ending felt a bit rushed in my opinion as the chapters weren’t so long compared to the others but other than that it was a really good book and I highly recommend it to people who love self help books just as much as I do. I felt like I really needed this book whilst I was reading it and it has helped me think about things a lot! It’s put things in perspective for me. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you have read it, what did you think of it?

I decided to start a self love book club because I love reading self help books and I want others to feel inspired too. So this week I recommend reading Good Vibes, Good life by Vex King. Let me know what you learnt from this book and how it has changed you. I will probably do this every month to give you time to finish the book and to let me know what the thoughts are. I don’t know it’s just an idea. I may just recommend books to you and you can just read it in your own time with no pressure. Actually, I think that’s better. I will do it weekly every Thursday and you can add it to your list of books to read and read it in your own time.

Happy reading!

Love Nat xx