How to Take Care of Yourself When You're Sick

Oh, the misery! Your head is pounding, your whole body aches, and there's nobody - nobody - around to pamper you. You'll just have to pamper yourself.

Steps

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    Get lots of rest. Don't try to work out, and make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Don't worsen your situation - and get others sick - by going out or going to work.
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    Take in lots of Vitamin C with supplements or through fluids like orange juice.
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    Eat a little dark chocolate for its antioxidant qualities.
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    If you have a cough, put a humidifier near your bed, or wherever you're resting, to help you breath easier.
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    Take warm fluids like soups and teas.
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    Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and an occasional electrolyte drink.
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    Avoid dairy products, which can uncomfortably coat the throat and mouth, as well as cause an upset stomach.
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    Rest, rest, rest. If you still feel lousy, try some over-the-counter medication - like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or cough syrup - to alleviate some of your symptoms. They won't cure you, but you'll feel better.

Tips

  • Don't worsen your situation and infect other people by going out or to work.
  • Use over-the-counter medications to alleviate your symptoms.

Warnings

  • Eating the wrong things can make you sick!

Things You'll Need

  • Bed
  • Time to rest
  • Vitamin C
  • Chocolate
  • Warm fluids
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Humidifier (optional)
  • Over-the-counter medication (optional)

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Categories: Pain Management and Recovery