Bouncing Back After Illness

I got a bit behind on my work in January, thanks to my feeling like death for nearly two weeks. I was very disappointed in myself that not long after bringing you a post regarding ways to stay on track with your New Years Resolutions here I was falling short on my own resolutions thanks to a gross bug. The thing about winter though is it brings out all the nasty things and it seems like everyone gets sick at least once during the season. So here are the five things I did to jump back on the horse after falling so miserably short.

Tip #1: Continue drinking fluids

Just because you are feeling better doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water. Continue to drink plenty of water and try and get some healthy meals in. When I’m sick, but still capable of eating I like to eat junk food. Greasy hamburgers, potato chips, and soda are my go-to’s when I am feeling awful. If you have this type of habit then make sure you are filling up on those yummy healthy foods especially now that you are feeling better.

Tip #2: Make a plan

Once I was better I made a list of everything I needed to do. I then broke it down and set aside certain days towards certain activities. I also had to make a decision about what I was going to give up while I was playing catch-up on all of my work. It actually has been immensely helpful at getting me towards many of my New Years goals. My house has been clean for a straight week, I do basic pick up in the evening and some chores during the day, but over all the house has been clean.

Tip#3: Air out the house

Some might have done this already, but in case you haven’t, be sure to wipe down all of the potentially nasty surfaces in your home that your ick might have spread too. Change your sheets, get a new toothbrush, wipe down the door knobs, cell phone, key board, and light switches in the house. Also (as long as it isn’t going to make your home ridiculously cold) open the windows and allow the house to air out. I do this after anyone is sick and also at the end of every season. I live in Texas so we have crazy weather that allows us the potential of opening up the windows and airing out the house multiple times a year. Others may only get this chance once or twice a year.

Tip #4: Follow your doctors instructions

If your doctor told you to take a certain medication until the prescription was gone. Do it, there’s a reason for that. Your Doctor has your best interest at heart. If you don’t trust your Doctor then get a new one. I wasn’t placed on any medication for my illness, but this is still a great tip for everyone/anyone who ever gets sick.

Tip #5: Take it easy

Don’t rush yourself trying to get everything done at once. You don’t want to run yourself ragged trying to get everything done that you missed out on. If you do you will just end up sick again, because you stressed yourself out trying to do too much at the same time. This is why it is so important to make a list and create a schedule to help you get caught back up. See tip number two again.

Have you ever been sick and gotten behind on a bunch of responsibilities? How did you jump back? Let me know in the comments.


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