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Essentials for Living Through the Flu

February 23, 2017

When I am sick, I am the worst. I mean, the utter worst. Needy. Whiny. Dramatic. And more. I know all of this about myself; and when I am not ill, I like to think of myself as a pretty independent and self-sufficient woman. But for some reason, whenever the inevitable comes and sickness strikes, all of that goes flying right out of the window. Since I’ve never had the flu before, imagine me being all of those really fun things, but amp it up a good seven notches. The flu is terrible – I can’t really think of another word I would use to describe it. I always heard people talk about the aches and pain but never really understood. Boy, I do now! It hurt to breathe y’all. I seriously thought I was dying. (See? I’m not quite myself yet, so the dramatics are still seeping out a bit.)

I thought I would fill y’all in on a few of my go-to things to do when I am feeling rotten:

1. Stay in bed. Hopefully you’ve already called out of work, I didn’t think I had to put that on the list – no one, and I mean no one, likes the person that came to work sick. If you are coughing to no end or have a fever, it’s a good bet that you are probably contagious. It is best for all involved if you just bite the bullet and cash in a sick day. When you are ill, the most important thing to do is to listen to your body. It is exhausted and it needs to fight off whatever it is that you have caught. It is much easier for your body to repair itself while you sleep – so it is best to just stay put.

2. Read. It is no secret that I love to read a good book. It relaxes my mind and when I am feeling crappy, it seems to take my mind off of it. Most of the time whenever I am sick, a headache is right alongside with whatever it is that I have caught. While, I am all for laying in bed scrolling through Pinterest or binge watching a new show on Netflix, for the sake of trying to relax, screens tend to make these headaches much worse. Laying in bed, snuggled up with a book is a surefire way to make sure I am relaxed. Sometimes so relaxed, it puts me right to sleep, which is perfectly okay too (see step 1).

3. Drink all of the tea. And I mean, ALL of the tea. It truly makes no difference what’s got you down – flu, cough, cold or stomach bug. A big, warm cup of tea is guaranteed to make you feel even the slightest bit better. It is also no secret that I love a good cup of tea. Any kind really. Chamomile, orange, lavender, peppermint – they all make my insides happy. Herbal tea is soothing and helps relax your mind and body. It is also really, really good for you, so that is a major plus. It is important to make sure you are drinking the right kind of tea. We know I am all for caffeine, but caffeinated tea is likely to dehydrate your body – although it will help make you feel more awake and alert for the moment, the crash will be one SOB. A hot mug with chamomile tea and honey is my favorite when I am sick.

4. Take a bath. Baths are really helpful when you are sick with a fever and cannot seem get warm – no matter how many blankets you are wrapped in or how many big cups of herbal tea you have downed. I am aware that most people stopped taking baths when they were little but this girl really loves a good soak, (sick or not). When I am not feeling well, I like to put Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt – Soothe and Sleep soaking solution in each of my baths. My favorite is the soothe and sleep because it has a very lovely and calming lavender scent. I pair the salts with Dr. Teal’s bubble bath in the same wonderful scent, just incase you wanted to make your bath a double-whammy. Like Momma always said, the more bubbles, the better the bath. After your nice hot bath, you will be all warmed-up and ready to go right back and lay your sick little butt back in your comfy bed.

Be well this nasty flu season y’all and take it easy.

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