I don’t get sick often. Sure, I might get a runny nose or headache here or there, but rarely do I get truly sick.
And yet, it happens.
A few years ago, I began to notice certain things I did to help myself survive getting sick. It is my prayer they will be helpful to you.
We all know that you can’t truly predict when you will get sick or how sick you will get. We also all know that it happens.
This is where the boy scout motto be prepared shows up in my life.
- I stay stocked up on relief medicine
I always keep a bare minimum of relief medicine on hand: ibuprofen, tylenol, bismal tabs or liquid (I prefer tabs), Imodium, and a cough drops.
2. I stay stocked up on (ahem) relief items
Saltine crackers being #1. If I can’t keep anything else down, I can manage to eat that. I keep chicken noodle soup, chicken broth and a few things of Gatorade in my kitchen.
Outside of food, I try to keep soft nasal tissues, a supply of toliet paper (please do yourself a favor and don’t just buy the cheapest stuff you can find.) and my tablet are my essentials.
A few other things that also help is to always keep an extra blanket in your bedroom (for ahem..accidents), and keep the garbage can in your bedroom emptied regularly (please don’t make me explain why).
Extend Yourself some Grace
And one day, it will hit. You will find yourself sick.
The biggest tip I can give you is this: give yourself grace. So what if dishes get behind. So what if stay in jammies all weekend. You’re Sick!
I also suggest this: swallow your pride.
I live alone, and have been on my own for the most part of 3 years. I had to learn the hard way that I needed to swallow down some humble pie and let my friends help me.
If a friend offers to bring you some Gatorade & you need it, accept the offer. You can always pay the kindness back.
And Rest. Preach. I was the World’s Worst at not letting myself rest until when I got sick until 2 yrs ago. I had a terrible scare with stomach issues (more than just a virus) and found myself doubling over and trying to clean my floors. My phone rang, and a coworker was checking on me since I had had tests at the hospital that day. It was as if she could see through the phone as she asked “You aren’t trying to clean, are you?”
I realized I was being stupid trying to do So much.
It goes back to my statement that you need to extend yourself some grace. Not resting probably increased the recovery time for my major stomach issue…and left me weak.
My number one routine for after I’ve been sick is to strip down my bed, disinfect spray that booger, and wash my pillows in warm water.
I also wipe all door knobs, light switches, and remote controls with disinfectant wipes.
The biggest thing I do after being sick is to stock back up for next time.
What things do you do for sick days?