I don’t mean sick like the late 90’s appropriation of the word, I mean sick like flu, can’t get out of bed, yearning for the times when your body functioned normally. It seems this year people all over the world have been hit hard by the flu, a strain that snuck below the flu shot radar and crept up on the healthiest of immune systems.
If you’ve managed to stay healthy, or have recovered by the time you read this, cheers to you! Enjoy your health & appreciate those clear nasal passages. If you’ve struggled with sickness this season, know that you are not alone and there are ways to deal and recover from the sickies. Here are a few suggestions for weathering your flu.
1. Be nice to yourself.
Maybe you have a mom or grandma around to make you chicken soup and tell you everything is going to be okay, but many of us don’t, in which case you’ve got to harness that chi and internalize some of your own kindness. Notice how you talk to yourself when you’re sick – do you feel like you should be working, do you try to coach yourself to keep doing and accomplishing things? If so, STOP. the world will survive if you take a day of rest, Atlas. Which brings us to point #2.
Your body recovers best when it gets good sleep. If you won’t take my word for it, take Web MD’s, “Sleep loss not only plays a role in whether we come down with a cold or flu. It also influences how we fight illnesses once we come down with them.” Boom. Get yourself the newest wave of children’s book and Go the F* to Sleep.
3. Drink your vitamins
While you may not feel like eating, soups broths and super juices give you the water and nutrients your body needs to kick your immune system back into gear. Throw some turmeric, garlic or ginger into your chicken soup, or into your veggie juice, and as the generic medical advice goes, get plenty of water along with your rest.
As all of this points to, we cannot heal from something we refuse to admit to ourselves (I’m the worst at this, so no judgment here). Once you’ve got a fever or a case of the sniffles, take it seriously and follow these steps above. Your body is asking for your TLC and the sooner you give it, the sooner you can recover.
5. Ask for help.
If there are TRULY things you cannot rest from (newborn babies, etc) call in some supports. Family, friends, nannies, people who can take over while you recover. The more help you get now, the sooner you’ll be back up and taking care of business – without spreading your cooties all around while you do it.
Please note, all of these are things we can do WITHOUT being sick, but their importance heightens once we get knocked down with something. So even if you’re feeling good, take a listen and pick a few of these that can help you feel a bit better today.
Have more helpful ideas for becoming and staying healthy? Please share them in the comments below.
In the meantime, sending you and your immune system a huge bucket of LOVE,