Top 5 Tips for What to Do When You’re Sick

Hey everyone!

I decided to make this post because I have just started to get over this cold/flu that I had. I was super sick for the last couple days. I really took a break and tried to focus on getting better. I wanted to share with you guys my best tips for getting over a cold. This is the first time in my adult life I think that I have been this sick. It was a bit scary at times and I wanted to share everything I’ve learned so you guys are prepared. If you guys are facing a cold right now then I hope you start feeling better soon. If you just stumbled on this post hoping you won’t get sick anytime soon, I wish you so much luck you have no idea.

1. It’s okay to take time off

This is something I have a hard time with. I feel like when I take days off I am abandoning my responsibilities. I ended up not going to work two days in a row and missing one day of school. I have never taken off that many days in a row. I usually am the type that will give myself a day and then force myself to get back to real life. This time I knew I had to do what was right for my body. I didn’t have enough energy to be doing anything other than being in bed watching Netflix. I am here giving you permission to take off as many days as you need. I was actually overwhelmingly surprised with how much my job and teachers were understanding. I told them that I was really sick and not doing well and they just all told me to take the time I need to get better. I even took the week off from making Youtube videos. I just knew I didn’t have the energy to put into them that I usually would. I rather take the time to heal my body rather than force myself to get things done and risk getting sicker.

2. Drink lots of water

This may seem really strange for some but drink a lot of water. When I was sick I became very dehydrated very quickly. The leaky nose was taking up all my fluids it seemed like. If you are throwing up this is also a very important step. Your body needs to stay hydrated if it doesn’t it can make you sicker. I know a lot of people hate water for whatever reason. (I really like it) Drink warm tea can help if you don’t like water. I was not drinking water for a bit or eating so I had to force myself to drink water. The hydration gave me that little bit of energy I needed and kept my temperature down. I am no doctor so I can’t tell you if this is actually a medical recommendation but it did work for me. Also drinking water can’t do any harm so it’s worth a shot if you feel like you aren’t doing too hot.

3. See a doctor

Now I didn’t end up going to the doctor so, do what I say not what I do. It’s worth the trip to the doctors sometimes. They can give you prescriptions that will make things better a lot quicker than Tylenol. I know seeing a doctor is not a luxury everyone has. I do recommend it though if you have that option. I didn’t go because I really didn’t feel like sitting in the clinic for hours waiting. Here in Canada, yes the health care is free, but it’s not exactly quick or on demand. I would have for sure gone if I felt like I couldn’t handle it anymore or if I really felt like I needed medical assistance. You can feel when your body needs help, listen to it. Unless you’re a doctor there is only so much you can do by yourself. Ask help from the people who know what they are doing. The flu can kill you. (Not to scare anyone) Yes, people die every year from the flu, mostly children and the elderly. According to CNN you are more likely to die of the common flu if you have pre-existing conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes. The flu can result in pneumonia or sepsis. Just be aware of how you are feeling and don’t let a small cough mutate into something deadly.

4. Take your medication

Even if it just Tylenol take the medication it helps. Even if a lot of my symptoms were not “cured’ by unprescribed medication at least one of the ones that made me the most uncomfortable went away, my headache. My sinuses and ears were infected which caused me to get very bad headaches. The pressure of the stuffed nose and blocked ears would cause my head to be in searing pain. I was all up in my room like Harry Potter holding his scar. The best thing that I did was take my Advil, Tylenol, generic brand pain reliever to get rid of that headache. It makes everything else more manageable. It’s easy to forget or feel like it’s not worth it but honestly, just do it. I know there are people who don’t believe in medication, that’s okay. You don’t have to take this tip but it really did help me.

5. Sleep

Get your rest. I slept all day and I didn’t feel guilty. It felt so good to just sleep. That could also be because I don’t usually get the right amount of sleep so I’m always exhausted but I was so happy. I do find that I am more tired when I’m sick. Just today when I had to wake up for school I got the same amount of sleep I usually do but I was just so tired. I felt like I needed to sleep another few hours. Your body needs the rest so that it can heal itself don’t deprive it of that. You will need extra hours of sleep when you’re sick because your energy will be down. Go to bed earlier than usual or make sure that you will get at least 9 hours of sleep. I was sleeping like 15 hours of the days I stayed home. That was probably an overkill but that’s what my body needed to heal itself. Listen to your body!!

These are my top 5 tips for what to do when you’re sick. If any of these tips helped you make sure to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you guys. Also, if you have any of your own suggestions I would love to here. I am open to whatever so I can get over this cold.

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