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Coping with a cold, flu or fever

By Edited May 6, 2016 0 1

There are lots of articles about how to avoid a flu or fever, but once you are sick what do you do, what's the best you can do to recover quickly? Here are a few suggestions.

 

 

Sleep (15640)
Sleep. Sleep is nature's medicine, you start to heal when you are sleeping, try and get as much sleep as you can. Stay in bed if you can or sleep on the sofa. Don't stay up all night watching infomercials. Try and sleep when it's dark even if you also sleep during the day.

Eat fresh fruit, especially oranges, lemons and grapefruit. See my article Improve Your Health With Very Little Effort about starting the day with a lemon drink, this is especially true if you are under the weather.

Water (15643)
Drink fluids. Don't get dehydrated. It does mean that you will have to get up to go to the bathroom a lot, but don't skimp on the fluids so that you don't have to go to the bathroom.

Get dressed. If it's the only thing you do each day, get dressed, you will actually feel so much better if you are sick and dressed than if you stay in your pajamas all day. Brush your hair, shower if you can.

Move. If all you can do all day is lie down and sleep, then sleep in different places. Sleep sometimes in your bed and sometimes on the sofa. This will help you not get too fed up of being in one place all the time.

Pizza
Order food delivery. Use the internet to discover the local food places that deliver. If the only places that deliver are pizza places and you don't want pizza, ask what they serve other than pizza. They usually have a pasta menu too.

Read that book you've been longing to read. If you are not sleeping all day, but don't have any energy to move, then put the internet aside and read an old fashioned book.

Don't rush back to work too soon. When you think you are ready to go back to work, wait one more day and then go back. Going back to a full day's schedule will tire you out more than you think. If you are able, go back to work midweek rather than on a Monday.

Keep the kitchen tidy. Nothing is more depressing than being sick and having a messy kitchen. If you have any energy use it in the kitchen.

Don't eat ice cream or milk products. If you have phlegm or catarrh milk products will make it worse.

Cough it up, spit it out.

Kleenex (15646)
When you are well, take your time getting things back to normal. If you are behind on the dishes, laundry and paying the bills don't expect to be up to date quickly. Do the most important first and attack your chores little by little.

Eat chocolate. Nothing really works, so pamper yourself, eat chocolate.

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Comments

Apr 11, 2010 9:48pm
Sookie
getting moving and getting dressed, especially by the second or third day, does really help you feel normal again. Totally agree. Great article!
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