How to Take Care of Yourself When You’re Sick

By | March 7, 2008
How to Take Care of Yourself When You're Sick

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 6: Keep yourself hydrated
Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and an occasional electrolyte drink.

Step 7: Avoid dairy products
Avoid dairy products, which can uncomfortably coat the throat and mouth, as well as cause an upset stomach.

Step 8: Rest
Rest, rest, rest.

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
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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