sickSo when can you be sick? Is there a good time?  Never.  Being sick is miserable even if it is only the “common cold” which doesn’t feel so common as you go through the symptoms!

The best thing to do, as we all know, is to avoid it in the first place – easier said than done, isn’t it?  We all know the rules – eat properly, get enough sleep, exercise, take your vitamins daily, and wash your hands a lot.  If only life were so perfect that we never over extend ourselves especially at Christmas or at other holiday times.

Let’s say you get sick – what then?  Some people will deny it as much as possible.  They’ll go to work as usual and pretend it’s just a tough day.  Some people will book off work and stay home.  Others will stay home a day or so and then get back to work.  What’s best?  There is no best in this case.  The ideal is to stay home from the time you become sick to the time you become well.  Most of us don’t have that luxury.  We have x number of sick days if any.  Then we start losing pay.

There really isn’t any solution to this dilemma except win the lottery so you don’t have to go to work.  Aside from that, help yourself – here are some tips:

a)  drink hot water, lemon and honey many times during the day.  Really helps with the vitamins, keeps the body hydrated and the honey helps soothe coughs

b)  rest a few times during the day.  Just tell the boss that you’re not feeling good and you’ll be putting your head down a few times during the day.  When you get tired, just lay your head on your arms at your desk and rest for a few minutes

c)  at lunch hour, try to find a place where you can stretch and rest such as a bench in a public place or, if your boss will allow it, stretch out under your desk; most workplaces won’t allow it for obvious reasons

d)  eat a lot of yogurt to keep the healthy bacteria count high in your system as your body fights off the “bugs”

e)  drink diluted juices such as cranberry juice.  Why diluted?  To reduce the calorie count and give your body some water too which it needs to help clear out the system

f)  ask if you can work 1/2 days for 3 or 4 days – just being to sleep in mornings is often a good remedy

g)  plan nothing – go home after work and rest – that’s all – rest. 

h)  eat light – salads, soup – they’re nourishing and easy to eat.

i)  embrace being sick – don’t deny or fight it – help your body heal with healing thoughts – accept what is and do what you can to help yourself get over it.

j)  Use the day and night products on the market – they really help.  You’ll likely have to try a few types of the capsules because not all of them work equally well for everyone.  For one person, a no-name brand is fine, and for another it isn’t but they really help you get through the day.

k)  This is one time when you don’t exercise – your body needs all its energy to get well.

l)  If your room is dry, add some steam or a humidifier to your room.  A simple pot on the stove with hot water can help but you’ll need to remember not to go to bed with it on.

m)  At home, put some menthol in a pot of hot water – it helps you breathe better if you have a bad cold.  Even Vicks Vapor Rub in a pot of hot water soothes.

Get well!

Lorraine Arams


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