UPDATE: After a quick trip to the MinuteClinic, it was confirmed that I have strep throat. Yay… Happy Halloween?
As you might have guessed by the title of this post I am not feeling to great. For the past three days my throat has felt like it’s on fire; I’ve been achey and chilled; and I’m pretty sure last night I had a fever. Sorry for the details… Having a sore throat is possibly the worst kind of sickness – you can’t eat, drink, talk or swallow. Tell me, how am I supposed to survive without doing those things?
Luckily, I think what I have right now is just an extreme version of a cold as the pain seems to be moving up into my head and sinuses (TMI again?). I figured, while I’m laying in bed doing nothing I might as well write a post for all the other people out there who may be suffering like me. I’ve come up with 10 things that always help me (and hopefully you too!) feel a little bit better. If nothing else, it helps pass the time. Being sick is lonely, lengthy, and, oh I’ll just say it, sucky. Here’s to getting through seasonal viruses!
- Watch your favorite movie. Mine happens to be Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFayden.
- Drink some hot tea. Even though tea doesn’t cure you, the soothing effects are felt immediately. It’s perfect for a sore throat.
- Read a book. I never have time to read during the school year so being sick has given me an opportunity to catch up on some reading. This is my HUGE to-read list.
- Catch up on TV shows. I am so busy during the week that I rarely have time to watch my favorite shows.
- Sleep! This may seem obvious, or maybe just lazy, but sleep does wonders for your body when you’re sick.
- Read Wellness Mama. I could get lost on her website for hours.
- Make soup. Soup is second only to a miracle drug when you’re sick. Here are plenty to choose from.
- Listen to Jack Johnson. What DOESN’T he cure?
- Paint your nails. Try this for Halloween :)
- Take a warm bath. Nothing soothes achey muscles like warm bathwater. Go all out with candles and relaxing music.