Do you remember how exciting it was to stay home sick from school when you were little? Getting to be pampered, stay home to watch movies and drink soup. But now that I’m older it’s a little less fun. Maybe because being in university there was never a ‘good time’ to be sick and you had to push through to keep up with assignments. And now that I’m out of school getting sick means missing work vs. missing a day or two of class.
Why am I writing about getting sick? Well, I have had a cold for the last week so it has been on my mind and I have some tips about getting over a cold. It’s also important to be mindful of wellness and taking care of yourself (even when you’re not sick), and because not everyone has the same access to healthcare and I think we should not only be grateful but maybe even proactive – to help others.
Recommendations for Sick Days
Everyone has their own tricks for getting over colds, and I love hearing how they vary from person to person. I once knew an actor who swore by apples and chips as being a perfect combination to get over a sore throat. I don’t know if it really works but I often find myself reaching for apples when I feel a cold coming on.
So in the spirit of tips to get over feeling sick, here are a few things I know really do work:
- Herbal Teas (with lots and lots of honey) to sooth a sore throat, I especially like Teavana’s Peach Tranquility
- Oil of Oregano, it tastes brutal but is a tried and true treatment for colds
- Taking lots of vitamins – EmergenC is great to drink vitamin C and stay hydrated
- Neti Pot is the love of my life when it comes to being sick – I’m not even embarrassed and if you have sinus issues this is incredible (yes you put a small tea pot up your nose but it’s worth it to breathe clearly)
- Using melatonin spray to help me fall asleep and have restful sleeps
- The Norwex Timeless Rescue Gel rollerball is my go to for headaches, if you get sinus headaches when you have colds this is magic
- Speaking of rollerballs – I use a bunch of essential oils to help clear up congestion and fight colds, both in an essential oil diffuser and rollerball form
- Finally, comfort food! My favourite sick food is chicken noodle soup and I always crave it when I’m sick – just ask my mom who heard me plea for soup on Saturday, with a theatrical Mean Girls cough and everything (she made me homemade chicken noodle soup which was even better, shout out to amazing moms!)
Sick Days & Self Care
Every time I get I think about self-care, about how much more gentle I am with myself when I’m sick and mindful of putting good things in my body. It is a good reminder that you’re not indestructible and it’s good to take things slow, rest, and be intentional about taking care of yourself.
Just like each person has their own personal remedies for getting over being sick, self-care also varies from person to person. I have another self-care post coming soon, and all the forms it takes, but for now I’ll leave you with this brilliant article about self-care that my friend recently sent me; This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake. I highly recommend checking it out because it does a fantastic job of explaining the different forms self-care takes and contains wisdom like:
“If you find yourself having to regularly indulge in consumer self-care, it’s because you are disconnected from actual self-care, which has very little to do with “treating yourself” and a whole lot do with parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness.”
Grateful for Health
There is nothing that makes me feel more grateful for my health than getting sick, and being reminded how frustrating it is not to be able to function the way you usually do. Recently, however, I’ve also been thinking about how grateful I am to have access to the health care I do, because I know that many people don’t. As someone who believes in the importance of intersectional feminism, it feels wrong to write a post about wellness without acknowledging my privilege.
I’ve been thinking about people, here in my community and around the world, that don’t have the same resources. Not everyone can afford to take time off work to rest, or buy the things I find comforting when I’m sick, and many people don’t have health insurance to take care of their needs. It is a privilege to wake up and feel a tickle in my throat and know I can go downstairs and find vitamins and tea and essential oils and other naturopathic medicine. Those are all expensive things and I’m very lucky to have them.
So how do I wrap this post up without being a total killjoy? Well, I’m going to say that other than being grateful for being able have access to health care you can look into donating to organizations that work to provide health care to those without it. WE (formerly Free The Children) is an organization I strongly believe in and I have personally toured their health clinic in Kenya that provides health care to families who otherwise would be without it. They have a wide selection of Christmas gifts of which the proceeds support their health programs – and since Black Friday and Giving Tuesday are coming up this week and next, it’s a great chance to stock up for the holidays!
As cooler weather and the holidays approach remember to take it easy and take care of yourself!