The spring weather has arrived and has brought the sunshine, flowers and often a whole host of cold symptoms, especially for those who suffer from allergies or hay fever.
Stuck inside with your tissue box? No need to feel worse than you do; make the best of your time. Image:Freeimages.com/David Lat
Being ill is never fun, so you're stuck inside with a cold and you're going a little bit batty; here are a few things you can do to keep yourself from getting a case of the cold-crazies.
Take a shower Sometimes just getting out of your pj's and into a hot shower can lift your mood and make you feel so much better. The steam can also be great for clearing nasal congestion.
Sometimes getting a shower can make you feel so much better. Image credit: Freeimages.com/Pascal Montsma
Eat healthy When you're home and feeling dreadful, it can be easy to become complacent with your eating habits. Suddenly you might find yourself eating too many snacks or 'comfort foods' out of boredom. When you're sick it's important to remember not to pig out on unhealthy foods as these can sometimes make you feel worse. Eat small portions and eat foods that offer plenty of vitamins to get you back to healthy quickly!
Make sure to keep your fluids up as well, staying hydrated means you'll urinate more, giving your body more opportunity to rid itself of those germs!
Eating healthy is even more important when you're unwell, so resist the temptation to eat junk food. Image Credit:Freeimages.com/Gargi Bhuyan
Have a personal admin day You're stuck inside all day with little to do, so why not make yourself feel a little bit better and certainly more accomplished by having a personal admin day. Write that email or letter to a friend, organise that bookshelf you keen staring at, read through all those magazine that are piling up. Start reading that book you've had on your nightstand.There's no better time to get things done!
Something as simple as going out for some fresh air and a quick walk can help make you feel a bit better when you're both sick and have a bit of cabin fever. Image:Freeimages.com/Wrhoana R
Take a short walk or do some gentle exercise Sometimes, when you're sitting around thinking about how rubbish you feel, it'll make you feel a whole lot worse. So go out for a quick walk, you'll feel better and get fresh air in the meantime. If it's hay fever season and you're concerned about pollen, some gentle exercise can do wonders to get the blood pumping and make you feel better too.
Take a nap How often do you get to indulge yourself with a nap? Take this time as the perfect opportunity to watch a movie in bed, read a book or the newspaper and get some much needed rest.
Undoubtedly nobody enjoys being unwell, but while you're cooped up inside looking after your health, it can make your recovery so much smoother by keeping your spirits lifted too!