Flu, gastro, ear infections, chesty coughs are some of the most common reasons people need a week off work. The trouble is that they aren’t serious illnesses, but they seem to knock us flat on our backs. We’re completely unable to carry on with the simplest of day-to-day tasks. If you’re struck down by one these common ailments, chances are all you want to do is curl up on the sofa, under a blanket, and peruse the delights of daytime TV. This isn’t coping! It’s time to get up and try one of these strategies to help you get over your illness and back to the world of healthy living:
Take Your Prescribed Medicine
If your GP has prescribed an antibiotic or inhaler or medicine to ease your symptoms, then take it. None of us likes having to take tablets, but if you have an infection, it’s probably a good idea to go with it. Find a good local pharmacy like the one at www.sablepharmacy.com with staff that can help to check you’re taking the medicines correctly. You can pick up menthol or eucalyptus oils to help clear your nose if you’re stuffy too.
Vitamin C consumption helps to combat colds. Freshly squeezed OJ, anyone? Photo via Pexels, CC0.
Find The Foods To Boost Your Immune System
There are foods for every occasion! You might already be a keen fan of kiwi for glowing skin or avocado for your hair. Plant-based foods can also boost your immune system, and help you overcome your illnesses more quickly. Look for fruits or vegetables rich in vitamin C to combat colds, like sweet potato. A spicy curry with Cayenne might be ideal for helping to relieve all the mucus from your chesty cough. If you have a runny nose or phlegm, up your intake of water a little to thin it, and replace lost fluids.
Getting out for some fresh air and light walking can help your body combat your illness. If you have a fever, this might not be a good idea, though! A gentle walk around the park and some select choices of Yoga poses can help you overcome the symptoms of your illness. If you have something highly contagious like gastro or flu, avoid public places. Moving the body and breathing fresh air more deeply can help energize your body and boost your circulation.
Let yourself wake naturally, if possible. Image via Pexels, CC0.
Getting extra sleep might not be as beneficial as you hoped. However, getting quality sleep at the right time of day can be enormously helpful. The deepest part of the sleep cycle is thought to help the body heal and repair itself. This means getting the hours of sleep you need without interruption could help you overcome your illness more quickly. Don’t let yourself get too warm, and try to wake naturally at your normal time.
When you limit the activities you do because you’re ill, your poor mind will suffer from a lack of stimulation. This can make sleeping harder to do! Try to engage in as many different things as possible. Watch a little TV, read a book, catch up with the news, try a puzzle, and listen to some music. Beat the boredom to get back on track as quickly as you can. Get well soon!
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