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How To Take Care Of Yourself When You’re Sick

Taking care of yourself when you're sick
Taking 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.

You will need a bed, time to rest, vitamin C, some chocolate, warm fluids, and electrolyte drinks, optional: a humidifier and some over-the-counter medication.

Step 1: Get lots of rest. Don’t try to work out, and make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night.

Tip: Don’t worsen your situation—and get others sick—by going out or going to work.

Step 2: Take in lots of vitamin C with supplements or through fluids like orange juice.

Step 3: Eat a little dark chocolate for its antioxidant qualities.

Step 4: If you have a cough, put a humidifier near your bed, or wherever you’re resting, to help you breath easier.

Step 5: Take in warm fluids like soups and teas.

Step 6: Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and an occasional electrolyte drink. Step 7: Avoid dairy products, which can uncomfortably coat the throat and mouth, as well as cause an upset stomach.

Step 8: Rest, rest, rest.

Tip:  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.

Step 9: Wait it out.  It likely will take a few days for your sickness to run its course.  But If your symptoms persist—or worsen dramatically—see a doctor!

Did you know?  The number one way to prevent the spread of illness is by washing your hands.

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