You would think that now all the cold weather of winter has left New Zealand I would no longer have to fear using up one of my precious sick days off work. Unluckily for me Spring signifies the start of my worst colds and I am currently in a war against my body with my second cold in the last month. Bye bye sick days and hello Annual leave usage. This is also why I haven’t been feeling like writing lately as all my energy has gone into helping my body fight off these sicknesses. So of course I have been trying to find ways to get myself better so I can get back to work and be in good health as quickly as possible.
(Please note that I am no health professional, and the majority of these “remedies” have no medically proven benefits. They are just things I do to help myself when I am sick.)
Bath and Mask
One of the remedies I turn to every single time I am sick is a nice long hot bath and a face mask to get the toxins out of my skin and relax my body and mind.
For bath time I always use bath products from Lush as they have a fantastic range to suit every smell craving and need! In my little lush store of products I can make a bath for every occasion, whether it is for a sick day bath, a “I’m-going-out-tonight” bath or just a “me-time” bath. For this sick day bath I used one of my all-time, regular, favourites the Tisty Tosty bath bomb, paired with the Christmas Kisses bubble bar. They both are just such warm and comforting scents of the roses from Tisty Tosty and the spices from the Christmas Kisses, I felt like I was being wrapped in a hug. I did have a bit of a moment though, when I realised that I had used the last of my Christmas Kisses bubble bar (2014 Christmas collection) as it hasn’t come out again in this years Christmas collection! However I am sure I will find something new in this year’s Christmas collection to fill that hole.
The second part of this remedy is of course the face mask! I love a good face mask and if you were to have a peek into my bathroom drawer you would find at least 5 that I have on the go. For this sick day I decided to use a wee sample I was sent a couple of months back, of the Tailor Skincare Detoxifying Masque. My skin has been quite bad lately since I reacted to a face mask I used while I was away in Hamilton for my goddaughters 1st birthday (More about that another time.) Up until using this masque my skin felt quite bumpy, as if there a whole lot of
those pain in the arse annoying pimples coming up and the texture of my skin wasn’t as soft and smooth as it was pre-that-terrible-mask. It’s the first time I have used the tailor masque and I had heard a lot of rave reviews about it so I thought I might as well give it a whirl. It did make my skin a bit tingly as it dried, but I put this down to my skin being a bit sensitive due to that last mask I used. I do have to say though, it definitely reduced all of those oncoming pimples as well as the ones that were already there, as well as getting rid of the toxins in my skin. I need to get my hands in a full size of this! (In hindsight it was a bit stupid to use a mask I had never used before considering I was recovering from another mask inflicted disaster, but all turned out well!)
Keeping your liquid intake up is very important when you are sick, and I mean water! I drink heaps of water when I am sick, because being hot and cold from fevers and being dehydrated is not fun. Now I like to drink water anyway. If you were to ask me what my favourite drink is I would say water, because it is! However when I am sick I like to mix up drinking plain water with drinking teas. Teas are a great way to drink your water as well as counteracting any sweet cravings you might get from being bored at home. If you are like me this makes sense as eating is something to do when you are stuck at home. For the last few months I have been quite obsessed with the Red Seal Fruit Teas and I have about 5 or 6 different flavours currently sitting in our tea basket.
Make and Appointment to see your Doctor
Last year while I was at university I was very good at doing this as all my appointment fees were covered by my Student Levy and I only had to pay for my prescriptions. This meant I could go to the doctors as soon as I felt a cold coming on and it wouldn’t leave me with no money at the end of the week. However as I have been working full-time this year the days I cold go to the doctors have been limited to Mondays only (unless I had to take the day off work) and off course I had to have money to pay for the appointment. Considering I am working and earning money this should be fine but earlier in the year I wasn’t doing so well at the whole budgeting thing and for some reason I couldn’t bring myself to spend money on my health, but I could spend it on buying bath bombs at Lush. I now see the error of my ways and budget for both! 😉 As I said above I have been to the doctor twice this month as I caught my current cold while recovering from the last one. Since going to the Doctor’s though I have gotten myself some medication to help me get better to go back to work and a handy-dandy Medical Certificate, which I need for when I do go back tomorrow!
Get Yourself a Netflix Account*
*or ask your Dad to set up a viewing account for you on his account! #winning
Okay I am kind of joking but not at the same time. You don’t need to get yourself a Netflix account but it will come in handy. I don’t know about you, but when I am sick reading, writing and any brain activity that requires me to think goes right out the door. It does make me feel a bit ashamed to be lying on the couch all day and binge-watching Heroes (yes I am onto a new show and I don’t know why I never watched it before!) but my brain just can’t cope with using the energy to read a book, or even tidy my room up. My body needs that energy to fight the virus so I might as well save me a headache and dizziness by allowing my body to relax on my sick days and just “Netflix n Chill” with a box of tissues and my inhaler.
I do have to say that I don’t advocate lying on the couch all day as it is important to get up and walk around for a bit and to not be looking at a screen all day. If it’s a nice day you will catch me sitting out in our little patio area just soaking in some much-needed Vitamin E and having a wee snooze (with some sun-protection on of course!)
What sort of things are remedies to you on your sick days?