Getting sick isn't usually a nice experience for anybody. Sure, you may get a little more attention from your loved ones, and you might get a nice rest from work, but dealing with any sickness and having to ‘parent’ yourself can be tough.
If you’re not feeling great or you simply want to be prepared for next time you pick up a bug, read on for 7 smart things to do when you’re getting sick:
Get Some Deep Rest
Start by getting some deep rest. When we’re sick we tend to sleep for longer, usually because the body needs it. Don’t force yourself to get up and try to get on with things if you’re not feeling great. If you live with other people, you’ll spread your sickness around, and you’ll simply prolong the healing process. Let yourself sleep.
Doctors have known for many years that getting quality sleep is beneficial for overall health. Mental and physical performance is greatly affected by the quality of sleep. Getting enough sleep plays a role in preventing common illnesses like colds and flu.
Sleep deprivation has an adverse effect on immune function. Not only that it helps reduce stress, but it also reduces inflammation and makes you more alert. Not getting enough sleep can make you drowsy and can lead to hazardous situations.
Don’t Try To Carry On
The last thing you should be doing is trying to ‘carry on’ when you're getting sick. Forget chores, work, and exercise. You need to give your body a chance to heal. This can be tough if your productivity is linked to your self-worth, but now is the perfect time to realize your worth has nothing to do with how productive you are.
If you need to feel like you’re doing something, finish a Netflix show or watch/listen to something educational. If you need to feel like you’re doing something, finish a Netflix show or watch/listen to something educational. It won’t help everybody, but some people find that learning more about their illness helps to give them peace of mind. This will depend, of course on what is going on with you. You probably don’t need to read up on the flu, but looking at trfs and triple negative breast cancer could help you to understand this complex illness a lot more and the studies going on right now.
Know When To Call A Doctor
When people start getting sick, they try to avoid calling a doctor because they don’t like to cause a fuss but knowing when you need one is key. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms such as breathing difficulties, you should get in touch with a doctor ASAP. You need to learn to listen to your body. So many people have forgotten how to do that, and try to convince themselves there is nothing wrong. If you sense for whatever reason that something is wrong, listen to your instincts.
You know your body better than anybody else. There have been people diagnosed with serious illnesses after being told by multiple health professionals there was nothing wrong with them. They knew there was, so they persisted. This isn't to scare you or make you feel like there’s something wrong when there isn't – we are simply outlining the importance of listening to your intuition.
Figure Out If Your Body Is Trying To Tell You Something
If you’ve been rushed off your feet and longing for a rest lately, it’s not unusual for your body to make you sick to force you to slow down. Your body is a lot smarter than you think.
Sleep is important. It’s something that we should all do for around eight hours in every twenty-four hour period. It’s generally recommended that adults get eight hours of sleep a night for good reason – this isn’t a figure simply plucked from thin air. If you're getting sick, you should have more than 8 hours of sleep every night.
Avoid Bad Habits
Smoking, drinking, and other bad habits will slow your recovery and make you feel worse. Avoid them and consider quitting altogether, especially when you're getting sick.
Alcohol can be a bad habit if you drink to excess. For some people with certain physical conditions, it can be risky anyway. It can be dangerous if mixed with particular medications.
While smoking is not illegal, it is still a habit that should be broken for a healthier life. Many people have switched their bad habits to smokeless tobacco or even vaping or e-cigs. Just because the tobacco is not smoked, though, it does not mean the nicotine is not addictive. It is said to be just as hard a bad habit to break as cigarettes. People quitting it use patches and nicotine gum.
Focus On Fueling Your Body Right
You may not feel like eating much, but when you do, try to fuel your body. Soup is great because it’s easier to eat than heavy meals and contains plenty of micronutrients. If you can't handle the meat, veggies, or noodles in a soup, a simple broth helps a lot to avoid or slow doing getting sick.
Staying hydrated is key if you’re getting sick. Don’t just drink plain water: drink drinks with electrolytes, juice, and anything else you like to help keep your energy up. Again, you'll need to try to avoid sodas and liquor as they don't help with keeping you hydrated and often lead to further dehydration.