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What to do on a Sick Day

Sick days don’t have to be as bad as they sound. In fact, they can be quite wonderful if you do them right. The secret is to listen to your body and take care of yourself; the more you rest and respond to your body’s needs, the quicker you’ll be back to your usual routine.

Start by taking advantage of this opportunity to be a little lazy all day. When you’re sick, one of the most important things to do is rest, so stay in bed! Snuggle beneath your sheets and prop your pillows up to create a comfortable resting position.

Grab your laptop, sketch pad, or a good book to keep yourself entertained while you rest. I usually spend sick days reading Nicholas Sparks novels and watching Netflix – two of my guilty pleasures – and the best part is that I don’t have to feel guilty for wasting a day in bed because that’s what you do when you’re sick. When your eyes start to feel heavy, don’t force yourself to stay up – let your body sink into a relaxing nap.

Make sure you’re fueling your body with healthy foods and staying hydrated with water. It’s not always easy to eat when you’re sick but how else can your body find the energy to fight off whatever virus that’s making you feel so lousy? Pop a piece of toast into the toaster and top with a thin layer of peanut butter or jam. Mash a banana into a bowl of hot oatmeal. Brew yourself a large pot of tea and stir a tablespoon of honey into it (this is perfect for a sore throat). Heat up a bowl of vegetable soup in the microwave and dip toast into it.

Finish (or start if you prefer) your day with a soothing, hot shower. The steam from the water will clear your sinuses and help you breathe easier when you go to sleep.

Feel better!


© 2015 Reef Magazine

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