How to Feel Better When You’re Not Really Sick.by Carly Jacobs
I’m not sick this week… but I’m not well either. I feel tired, weak and a little shaky. I’m not sick enough to drown myself in Sudafed and cuddle under a blanket but it’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed and tap out a few half-hearted articles, unpack the dishwasher and sigh a lot. I’m just not well. It seems that plenty of people are feeling this way (I blame it on the first week of winter) so I’ve written a short guide to help us get back on our feet.
Whenever you need to. After work, after dinner, at lunch time. I went to bed at 9pm last night and I’m normally climbing the walls at midnight. The only time your body can recover from illness is during rest. If you don’t stop moving you will drastically increase the time that you feel unwell.
I’m what you would loosely call a health nut. Not a fifth strain vegetarian who eats nothing that casts a shadow but a dairy/gluten/sugar/carb/salt avoider. When I’m not feeling well, I eat anything that will make me feel better. Which often means salty crackers, miso soup, lemon gelato, bowls of rice or oven fries with tomato sauce. Ignore the fact that you usually don’t eat starches after 5pm and down that bowl of creamy pumpkin soup. Fruit juice is also amazing when you’re unwell so get over the calories and start drinkin’!
The world will not implode if you don’t pay your phone bill on the day it arrives or if you start your assignment a little later than you planned. If you have a willing mother/father/boyfriend/girlfriend/housemate then let them take care of you. Be a little sooky. If you live alone, tuck yourself up on the couch with snacks, drinks and the remote. Stay there. For a really long time. Then go straight to bed.
As many vitamins as you can. Eat a spinach omelette, make beetroot and carrot juice, have some steamed broccoli and eat a fruit salad.
Take a day off
You don’t have to be on your death-bed to use your sick leave, just don’t make a habit of it. When I was in high school my mother would let me take the occasional ‘mental health day’ where I wasn’t actually sick, I just needed some time off. These days are important, so take the occasional not-entirely-sick sick day.
Skip the gym
Body Combat and Spin will be your worst enemies if you’re low on energy and feeling flat. Try yoga, walking or a gentle bike ride. Intense physical exertion will only make you feel worse. You’ll be back at the punching bag in no time if you rest properly.
It’s easy to get into permanent state of blah when you’re feeling ordinary. Hang out with a fun friend, watch a movie that guarantees giggles or call someone who always makes you feel good. If your brain is feeling fab, your body will soon follow.