Hello everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in over a month but truthfully, I just haven’t been feeling creative lately, and as I always say: there’s no point doing something half-heartedly unless it’s absolutely mandatory. Ironically enough, now that I’m overwhelmed with work and metaphorically chained to my bed, I suddenly feel the urge to write my blog, and draw, and paint, and maybe even write a script for a movie or two! Well, maybe not quite.
So as you may have figured out by now, I’m feeling quite poorly. To make matters worse, it seems as if I came down with a cold at the worst possible time – Scotland is clearly experiencing the global warming, what with all this sun that usually comes twice a year; I’ve got nothing but presentations in university this week; and I’m finally feeling creative, but cannot act on it. Great!
And it seems as if a lot of people have fallen victim to this treacherous nightmare, so what I thought I’d do is talk about the things that speed up your recovery and help you kick the cold’s ass.
- First things first, rest. Now I know everyone always tells you to take a day or two off work, or school, or whatever it is that you do, and take it easy. But we all know it’s not that simple. Nowadays, we lead pretty busy lives and feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish things, so you can’t just drop everything and take a day off. And that’s fair enough – no one can make you drop everything and re-prioritise your day. And I know that because right now, I should probably be sleeping, and yet I’m not because I have so much work to do for the 2 presentations I have in the next two days. I can’t just drop it because my grade depends on it. And worse yet, my whole group’s grade depends on it. So I get it. But at the end of the day, your body repairs itself when you’re sleeping, and by ignoring your need for rest, you’re simply prolonging your illness and suffering. So my advice – rest as much as you can. Think about what could be put off for a couple of days and exchange those tasks for some rest!
- Secondly – hydration. Hydration is important anyway, but when you’re ill, it’s essential to keep hydrated. When dealing with a cold, hot drinks work best (especially if you’ve got a sore throat,) but try to avoid carbonated drinks, or sugar altogether. Sugary drinks take longer to come into effect, and it’s not like they’re good for you anyway. Go for teas with lemon, or honey, or even medicinal teas like Lemsip Max Cold & Flu lemon drink. Now personally, I absolutely hate it and it makes me feel literally sick while drinking it, but it does work, so I try to suck it up and drink at least one cup a day.
- Don’t rely on cold & flu medicine. Truth is, it doesn’t really work the way most people think it does. The only reason to use it, is to battle physical pain (i.e. headaches) or to moderate very high temperatures. Just remember that elevated temperature helps your body deal with the germs and infections, so don’t obsess over having regular temperature.
- Last but not least, eat healthily. I know from experience that illness can lead to not eating anything for days because you don’t feel hungry, but that’s not doing you any favours. Not only is it further damaging your body, you’re also not getting the vitamins that could speed up your recovery!
So those are the basic tips that I tend to live by, but really, it’s about finding what works for you in the type of lifestyle that you lead!
Hope you’re all well, and I’ll write soon!
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