I thought I would take a little inspiration from my real life this week to write up this post. Like I mentioned last week, I've been suffering from a horrible cold in addition to a case of pink eye that has lasted over a week now. Being sick can be very frustrating, especially if you've got a lot on your to do list. Since I'm in college, being sick is stressful because it can make you miss class (I missed 3/5 days of class last week!!) and can make catching up difficult when you aren't sure if you're getting all the information you missed. I always end up stressing myself out when I'm sick because I have so much that I have to do and think about, but I have to remember that stressing out will ultimately make things worse. So when I'm feeling sick and overly stressed I have a few things that I like to do to relax to make things better. Here are my 5 favorite ways to unwind and feel better, both physically and mentally, when I'm sick or stressed!
Take A Hot Shower Or Bath
It might just be me, but a hot shower is my favorite thing when I'm sick. It's horrible for the drought, but I often take at least 2 showers a day when sick because it opens up my sinuses and relaxes all my muscles. If I'm really feeling stressed though I'll take a bath and add in some nice smelling bubble bath so I can soak for a good long while. Funny story, I actually used my bath tub for the first time in my house at school the other day and was so confused because I couldn't get hot water to run! I ended up having to twist the one handle all the way around until I thought I broke it, but it turns out it was just stuck. Okay, so not that funny of a story, but still something to share, haha!
Watch Your Favorite Movie
There's nothing better than putting on a movie that you've seen so many times that you don't have to put any effort into watching it. My go to is Bride Wars with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. I've seen it a million times in all its cheesy glory and have everything memorized, so putting it on puts me directly in my happy place. I suggest anything light and warm-hearted, a few of my other favorites are 13 Going on 30, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Wedding Planner, and What's Your Number.
Take A Nap With Fresh Sheets
What is it about making your bed that makes it 1000x more comfortable? I just bought these flannel sheets from Target and they are SO nice. (And cheap, holla!) After suffering for a few days, and realizing I had pink eye I decided to do a total decontamination overhaul and washed all the clothes and sheets that were just sitting in my room. I put my fresh new sheets on and immediately took a nap. It was the best I've slept while sick this week, and it was also the best decision I've made. Sometimes a nap can really fix anything, especially if your sleep schedule has been thrown off in one way or another.
Break Out A Coloring Book
Bring out your inner child and grab one of those adult coloring books that are so on trend right now. I have three of them and love to pull them out when I have some extra time on my hands. They're also great for relaxing! I find that if I'm super stressed or can't seem to keep my focus because of all the 'sick' symptoms I can pull out one of my coloring books and it helps me to put all my focus into the drawing. It doesn't relieve all my stress, but it does make me feel a little better once I'm done coloring!
Pour Yourself Some Tea With Honey
I asked on Instagram what your best tips were for getting rid of a sore throat and this was overwhelmingly the number one answer! Although I'm not a fan of tea I wanted to add this to the list because I know it helps so many people! If you're like me and you're not a fan of tea, I recommend having hot apple cider. The warmth of the drink will partially soothe your throat (not as good as honey, but it will do!) and help you to relax. My throat always seems to get sore when I'm sick and it's one of the number one reasons why I can't function during the day. If I'm constantly bothered by my throat I won't be able to sleep well, so having a warm cup of something typically helps right before bed.
What are your best tips to relax or feel better when sick?