Sick Day Routine

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

So I'm currently curled up in bed cuddling my hot water bottle, my giant Thumper plushie (yes, I know I'm 23) and feeling very sorry for myself. For the past 2 days I've been having flu-like symptoms and as today is my day off work, I've been doing everything possible to fight it off. I must admit I'm feeling better than yesterday, but I'm still not 100%, but that's mainly because of my asthma as it has made all my symptoms 10 times worse.

I thought I may as well try to be productive and write a blog post, and came up with a "sick day" routine. I return back to day shifts tomorrow, so I'm really hoping these things will make me feel better, as I'll be surrounded by sick people, and being sick myself just isn't a good mix.

I just want to quickly add that I highly recommend you all getting your flu vaccination, I am due mine as always due to my asthma, but now I work in a hospital we can get them during work too. I've been on night shifts and haven't managed to get mine, so it's pretty typical how I've fallen ill before getting the chance to protect myself. I'm not just saying this because I work for the NHS, the influenza vaccine is literally a lifesaver. The flu can cause death to high-risk groups (such as children and the elderly, etc) so I encourage you to get yours, and also try to inspire your loved ones on doing the same.

First things first, it wouldn't be a proper duvet-day without a bit of Disney. One of my most prized possessions is my Disney Classics blu-ray collection and I've been watching some of my favourites all day (Tangled is currently on whilst I type this). I've also lit a bunch of autumnal candles in my room and switched on my fairy lights to add to the cosy effect.

Next up is making sure you keep yourself dosed up with flu medicine. Now my immune system is rather crappy so I've tried a lot of different brands of medicines for colds/flu and these happen to be the ones that help me the most. The Benylin cough syrup has been the biggest help for me as I've experienced a lot of wheezing/tight chest and struggling to breathe, this has helped clear up my airways allowing be to breathe a bit better (I do need to take this a few times a day to keep it working though)

Also, a little hack: before going to sleep, rub the vapo rub on the soles of your feet and wear fluffy socks. I found this helped me get a better night's sleep as well as soothed my symptoms (this is just what I personally found, it's not scientifically proven but what do you have to lose when you're feeling like death and due for a 12 and a half hour shift the next day? Exactly).

This is probably my most favourite part of any kind of "self care" day, a hot bubble bath. This time in particular I used a lavender bath bomb to help me relax, and a Bomb Cosmetics "Rain" shower mixer (I just used it as a bath bomb). I chose my peppermint candy cane shower gel and body butter by The Body Shop as this is a really strong scent and helped me breathe.

I washed my hair, used a hair mask, shaved and caught up on Elle Darby's vlogs, all whilst drinking a nice hot brew. Perfection.

Now I don't know about you but when I'm sick, I don't tend to eat much as I just have no energy to cook anything. However, it is really important to eat as much as you can stomach and keep up with your fluids, being dehydrated will only make your symptoms worse. I opted for a simple and quick vegetable soup and sprinkled some mixed herbs ontop. As I mentioned earlier, I've had copious amounts of cups of tea, and I've made sure to drink as much water as I can (mainly to take all my tablets - but it still counts!)

Last but not least when I'm sick, my skin suffers and feels so congested and gross. The best thing for it is to give it a bit of a pamper, I went for a sheet mask and also a lip mask as my lips have been incredibly dry due to this cold.

So there we have it, a few home remedies to make the sick days a little more bearable. What do you do on sick days? Let me know in the comments!


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