When you’re poorly it completely throws you off track, and it can be tempting to rush to recovery. I mean when we are in work we all wish for a day of doing nothing don’t we? But in reality when it happens it gets very boring and draining – well I know that is definitely the case for me. After a week of an eye ulcer which I am yet to get rid of, a throat infection and virus I thought I’d share my recovery tips…
1)Ditch the guilt
Having to call in sick to work gives me a sudden sense of guilt, and I feel like I am letting people down. Sometimes in life you have to put yourself first in order to do your best. If I would have gone into work last week I would have made myself 100% worse, and probably would have made mistakes because my concentration wouldn’t have been in full force. I don’t think work colleagues would have been too impressed with mistakes or spreading my germs so actually I was doing the best for them and me.
2) Don’t overdo it
This is by far easier said than done because when you’re used to being so busy it is difficult to just stop. However, if I do completely stop everything and just lie in bed it does make everything seem far worse to me. I have found the best way to get better is taking little steps, so for example I will have a lazy morning because that is when I feel at my worst, I will then try and do minimal things like have a hot shower, try and read for a bit (a bit difficult with an eye patch on) and try and complete a few emails – with this it is simple things but it still keeps you busy and takes your mind off being ill. I ensure I always have a break in between and will have a cup of tea and a nap etc. so that it breaks the day up.
3) Eat and drink
seems a pretty obvious one that you should and eat and drink, however I found it really difficult to eat this time last week. I found that not eating made me feel worse and really made me lack energy so I tried my best to eat little bits that were easy to swallow like soup. I however highly recommend eating just anything you fancy whether it’s going off your diet or not because you need the energy from food to try and get better. Soup and wotsits were my go to food all week!
4) Fresh air
Sometimes the last thing you want to do when you’re ill is go out especially when you feel like crap and look like it, but quite often fresh air can do you the world of good. Whether it is just sitting in the garden or a walk around the block I guarantee you will feel a bit better for it. I mean at the time you will probably feel knackered from it but fresh air definitely helps clear the air ways and stimulates the mind.
5) Stick to your normal routine as much as possible
I’m not telling you to completely stick to your ritual like going to work and the gym, but what I am suggesting is get up have a shower and get dressed. Staying in my pjs all day makes me feel a bit drained and the last thing I wanted to do last week is tidy my room and get dressed but most days I felt better for it. Even if you feel like can’t cook tea help somebody else, or do the meal plan so that you somehow feel like you are getting back on track.
Love Jasmine xxx