They say that prevention is better than cure, but sometimes prevention just doesn’t work. Cold and the flu and other nasty little bugs will attack, and we’re not always able to fend them off, no matter how many vitamins we’re taking or how much fruit and vegetables we’re eating. It’s inevitable that, at some point, we will get sick. When that happens, it’s important to know how to take care of yourself so that you’ll get well again more quickly.
Do What The Doctor Says
If you decide that you’re sick enough to make a trip to your local doctor, then make sure you do what you’re told to do when you get there. There’s no point in taking up their time and yours if you’re not going to follow the doctor’s orders. Whether they tell you to rest up, to take a prescription, or anything else, it’s a good idea to follow that advice.
Keep Things Tidy
It may not sound like housework should be at the top of your list of priorities when you’re sick, and that’s generally true, but if you find that there are lots of old, used tissues hanging around, then it’s best to take a moment to dispose of them. Leaving them where they are is disgusting and also might be hindering your recovery process.
Don’t Make Others Sick
You may be unwell, but that doesn’t mean the rest of your family has to suffer. Keep anti-bacterial wipes handy so that you can wipe down door handles and the TV remote, for example. Anything that someone else is going to touch after you’ve used it will need a quick wipe down so that it’s harder for them to catch whatever you have.
One of the most important aspects of all when it comes to getting well again is to rest. Not just do a bit less than usual, but to rest completely. Don’t go to work (you’ve got colleagues who can cover), don’t go to the store (could a spouse or partner help out? A neighbor? Could you get the food delivered?), don’t even walk the dog (contact Fancy Paws Dog Walkers). All you should be doing is staying in bed and recovering. If you try to do too much, you’ll make your recovery time much longer than it needs to be.
Don’t Feel Guilty
If you’ve had to cancel plans or reschedule meetings, or if you can’t make it to your child’s piano recital, or any of the other myriad things that human beings sign themselves up for, don’t feel guilty about it. You didn’t intend to get sick, but you do want to get well as quickly as possible, and if that means you can’t do certain things, so be it. Let the guilt go as it will only make you tense and feel worse than you already did.
Once you’ve stopped feeling guilty and you understand that you need to stop worrying about things, why not treat yourself? It’s a rarity that we get sick, and a rarity that we get to forgo everything we had planned for a few days, so make the most of it. Have that long soak in a bubble bath that you don’t normally have time for. Binge watch a box set on Netflix. Read a book that’s been sitting on your bedside table for months – whatever it is, enjoy it. Just don’t overdo it.