Wednesday, January 29, 2014

10 Ways to Avoid Losing Your Mind When You Have the Flu

So I've spent the past week on bed rest with the flu (and therefore extreme asthma problems because that's how my body rolls), and let me tell you...I've completely lost my mind! I'm not just talking about the feverish hallucinations that made me feel like I was out of my mind, but also extreme boredom. Sure the first few days are filled with sleeping and Netflix marathons, but depending on how long you're sick for, that can get boring after a while. So I've decided to put together some tips on how to keep your sanity when you're home sick for far too long!

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  1. Read a book - Now the biggest problem I had when I was sick was that I spent every waking moment in front of my computer. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, but I somehow managed to forget that books even existed (again, I'm blaming the fever). Sitting in front of the computer only made me feel more exhausted and gave me headaches.
  2. Take a long, hot bath - Not only will this help relieve you of some of your symptoms (body aches, congestion, etc.), but chances are it has been far too long since you've indulged in treating yourself. So break out the bubble bath and relax a little. Which brings us to our next tip....
  3. Give yourself a mani/pedi - You have all the time in the world when you're sick (since no one wants to see you leave your house), so why not take the time to give yourself a complete mani/pedi. I'm talking soak, cuticles, file, paint, moisturize, the works!
  4. Learn something new - In between binges of watching your favorite series on repeat, watch a documentary or two. Netflix has some amazing documentaries. Or, if you would rather something quicker, watch a TED talk or two.
  5. Create - Always complaining that you don't have enough time to DIY? Well now you have time! Scour those pins you've been saving, or check out some crafts that I've been meaning to try.
  6. Clean out your closet - Let's be real: we all have more clothes than we need (plus we're always saying that we hate all of our clothes). Well now is the chance to go through your clothes and donate what you don't need, want, or like (or you could try selling them online, like I am).
  7. Meditate - Nothing in the world is more relaxing than meditating. If you start your meditation practice when you are sick and have the time, then you are more likely to make room for it in your every day life because you know how much it helped you relax! I personally prefer to meditate with guided meditation podcasts and youtube videos, but nothing beats sitting up and shutting your mind off to everything else around you.
  8. Test out a new recipe - If you still have your taste buds/stomach while you're sick, why not try out a new recipe. It could be anything from a family dinner to a sweet treat you're craving.
  9. Reconnect with an old friend - Perhaps you have some old friends or loved ones that you haven't meant to lose touch with, but reality just got in the way. Now is the time to send them that Facebook message to let them know you miss them (or better yet, write a letter and mail it!).
  10. Go to bed early - Perhaps the most important tip of all when you're sick is to go to bed early. Any late-night shows you must watch can be dvr'ed and watched the next day (since you'll be bored then too). Getting a good night's rest is crucial to feeling well again, plus getting a few extra hours of sleep will save you from those few extra hours of boredom.
I hope you all are well (and avoiding the flu), and I hope you liked these tips. What do you think? Should I do more posts like these? I always love reading your comments, so keep them coming! x

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