Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Things to do when you're sick and alone

Curled under a blanket on the couch, I thought to myself that it would have been nice to have someone around. Someone who cares and can look after me when i'm down with cold and cough. Someone who could make me food, give me my medicines on time, do the household chores and assure me that this phase will pass. Too sad that I live alone miles away from home in the university.

Yes, I'm down with cold and cough and believe me if getting sick isn't worse, getting sick when you're all alone definitely is. You have to do all your chores and take care of yourself both at the same time which can be tiring. So here are some of my tips on what to do when you're sick and alone (in no particular order) :

1. Don't care about your looks:
No makeup on, no scented body lotions, no cute dresses... Throw on some comfy pjs, a quick messy bun, warm blanket and welcome to comfy land.

2.Stop worrying:
Don't worry on how much work has been piled up because you took a day off today. Don't worry about cleaning the house. Take it easy, everything can wait.

Get your beauty sleep!
3.Take a nap:
Although you may have trouble sleeping regularly, when you are sick you tend to get tired more often. Take a nap and replenish your energy and when you will wake up you will probably feel more refreshed than before.

4. Take a hot bubble bath:
Hot water can have therapeutic qualities when you have aches and pains which can be very relaxing. Also it cleanses you and helps get all the bacteria off.

5. Communicate:
Just because you're living alone, that doesn't mean that you're lonely. Text or call your friends, skype with your family and pet. Catch up with the emails in your inbox. Stay in touch!

6. Eat:
You may not feel like eating anything but that is when you most have to. Staying empty stomach won't do any good.
Comes with added antioxidants.

7. Drink tea:
It helps your body to stay hydrated and gives the healthy benefits of tea leaves. A cup of hot tea provides your body a sense of relaxation and helps you feel cozy and warm. Similar to taking a hot bath, it can be very therapeutic.

8. Listen to music:
Plug in your earphones and listen to your favorite tunes. It helps you to distract you from your sickness, just be sure to turn on a happy upbeat song to lift your spirits.

9. Don't miss medicines:
You're not a 5 year old anymore who refuses to take any medicines. Don't avoid taking medicines. without it, it will probably take you weeks to get better.

10. Get some fresh air:
Step outside and feel the warm sunlight shining on your face and the cool breeze flirting with your hair. The fresh air would do wonders in lifting up your spirits.

Get rest and remember, you would be better tomorrow! :)

What do you do when you don't feel well? Comment below and let me know.

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  1. I have been very lucky to belong to a church that just takes care of me when I am sick, I am really grateful, it is not good to have to worry about housework and things like that when you are sick, you just need to relax and get as much rest as possible. I hope you feel better very soon xox

    1. It indeed gets better when you have someone who can take care of you. Thank you for the warm wishes :)

  2. Great suggestions! I hope you feel better soon.

  3. Good suggestions!
    One addition: Humour, through books or net or TV, helps to keep spirits high.


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