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Advice On Taking It Easy When You’re Not Feeling Well

Not feeling well can be caused by a variety of reasons. Maybe you’ve got a case of the flu right now, maybe you’ve recently had surgery and you’re in recovery, or maybe you’re taking a mental health day. Whatever it is that’s caused you to want to cover yourself in blankets and practice a bit of self care, it’s important to take it as easy as possible. And for some people, that’s hard! 

Indeed, relaxing is something we’re finding harder and harder to do in the digital age. Things are happening all the time and we’re constantly needing to keep up! As such, switching off can take a lot of effort, and that’s what we’re here to help with. Here are a few things that’ll really help you take the weight off and focus on getting better. 


Humidify the Air

If you’re dealing with dry symptoms, like a cough or thick mucus in your nose, humidifying the air is a great way to bring moisture back to your body. You simply need to buy a humidifier, set it to work for around 20 minutes when you first wake up, and you should notice your symptoms alleviating in short order. Then just repeat until your head feels clear again. 

Add Some Lotions and Oils to Your Bath

Taking a bath is a big step in the usual self care procedure as it’s a great way to clear a stuffy head and relax the muscles all throughout your body. However, instead of slipping into your usual bath, why not add some helpful lotions and oils to the water? 

Adding something like Eucalyptus oil to the water can help to stimulate your immune system. This can help in the fight against all kinds of ailments, ensuring you can better fight off any colds and flu you’re dealing with right now. It’s also just a nice oil to breathe in when you’ve got a blocked nose or a headache, and it’s especially good for clearing the airways when combined with steam. 

Adding epsom salts to a bathtub is another great way to boost your healing during this time. These salts are a great anti-inflammatory substance, and will go a long way to helping sore muscles (including headaches). They can also help to alleviate joint pain across your body, if you’re dealing with general aches from symptoms like coughing and sneezing or a chronic condition

Sleep in Positions That Promote Recovery

Sleeping is a big part of getting better, no matter what you’re going through right now. If you’re able to rest easy and get some quality sleep time, you’re going to shorten your recovery period dramatically. And believe or not, some positions to sleep in are better for you than some others. 

For example, if you’ve gone through a cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s best to sleep in a position that takes pressure off of the affected area. For example, if you’re wondering how to sleep after breast augmentation surgery, it’s best to avoid your front in general. Similarly, if you’re dealing with blocked sinuses, laying on your back with your head well elevated will help you to breathe through the stuffiness. 

In general, sleeping on your side is thought to be the best way to keep your spine and muscles relaxed during the night. Of course however, it’s always best to sleep in such a way that’s most comfortable to you. The ability to fall asleep and stay asleep is the most important here, so if you prefer to stomach sleep or curl up on the sofa, go ahead! 

Make it Easy to Eat

Eating when you’re not feeling too good can be hard. If you’re ill your appetite can all but disappear, and if you’re recovering from surgery, eating might be a bit exhausting for you right now. That’s why it’s so essential to make it easy to eat during these times. It’s why dry foods and soups are the go-to foods during those moments when you’re congested or have thrown up in the past 24 hours. 

If you’re unable to make soup yourself, simply buy some canned varieties and consume them on a regular basis. If you’re feeling up to it, you can also try bland and small amounts of protein rich foods, such as chicken, cereals, and leafy vegetables. Protein is good for helping you feel energised and strong, so they’re the food group you want to focus on right now. You can also turn to taking some vitamin and mineral supplements in the meantime until you feel well enough to have a proper meal again. 

Do Some Easy Stretches

If you’re ill, you probably don’t want to move too much right now, and that’s completely understandable. However, stretching and doing a little bit of gentle exercise will go a long way to helping you feel better in the long term. Not only do you shake out the lethargy that comes with being sick or in recovery, but you help your muscles and bones to strengthen despite all the bed rest. 

And there are plenty of gentle stretches out there that’ll help you stay flexible. Yoga, for example, is a great activity to carry out when you’re not at your best and is actually designed to help promote healing. Make sure you’re not feeling any aches or pains down below first of all, but then try out positions such as Bridge, Reclined Twist, and Child’s Pose. Alternatively you can just sit up and stretch out your arm and neck muscles by putting your arms behind your head and tilting from side to side. 

If you’re not feeling too well right now, turn off your phone or computer and hit the hay. Alternatively, put on a bit of gentle music and slip into a nice hot bath. Then cook up something that’s easy to swallow, especially if you’ve currently got a sore throat! Take it easy and don’t be afraid to take as much time as you need.

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