The best ways to take care of yourself after illness

Taking care of yourself is something we all have to do from time to time. As kids we had our parents to keep an eye on us, and bring us some soup when we weren’t feeling well. As teenagers we needed understanding more than ever, and we had quite a few good friends around us to do just that. But as adults, we’re often on our own (but we’re not lonely!), and that means we have to rely on ourselves when we come down with an illness.

If you’ve just contracted a particularly bad cold, or you’re sitting in bed waiting for your broken ankle to heal up, then now’s the time to focus on the best ways to recover. There’s quite a few out there, but we want to know the methods that will have the most impact, and won’t be too hard on your worn out body either! So here’s a few of the top suggestions we’ve found:

GET PLENTY OF SLEEP

Sleep is something we don’t fully understand, but we do know it’s useful to take care of illnesses and injuries. Indeed, sleep is the number one way to heal yourself when you’re ill. Your body is conscious throughout most of the day, and it needs to rest and take stock of itself during the night. Sleep is where all of your deep healing takes place, and the more chance your body has to fall into the state, the better!

FIND THE RIGHT HELP SOURCES 

Just because you’re an adult who can usually take care of yourself doesn’t mean help isn’t out there for you to use! If you can’t rely on your friends and family at the moment, and your partner is very busy and you don’t want to interrupt their flow, you can turn to more professional sources. Especially if your illness or injury is of a more serious nature – you should never be on your own during a time like this.

So be sure to boot up your laptop, or call your doctor, and find out if there’s any service who could provide some aid right now. There’s charities out there who can offer counselling for anyone with a depressed or anxious mood, and there’s always a stroke recovery provider who your physician can refer you onto.

STAY AS CLEAN AS POSSIBLE

You don’t ever want germs to spread beyond what you physically cannot stop, so make sure you’re staying clean and tidy whilst you’re sick. After all, all those dropped tissues on the floor after you’ve been desperately blowing your nose need to go in the bin, and you should definitely think about buying some antibacterial gel to keep your hands clean whilst you’re stuck in bed.

Taking care of yourself takes a lot of time and effort, so make sure you’ve got the right methods down to an art. Let’s get you all well and good again!

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9 Comments

  1. March 20, 2019 / 5:24 AM

    Super helpful. Great little read! Have a great night.

    • stralthy
      Author
      March 20, 2019 / 5:57 AM

      Thank you! You too!!

  2. March 5, 2019 / 5:30 AM

    Omg YES TO SLEEP!!! People often sacrifice their sleep at very stressful times and things just go downhill from there. Love this post, Anne!

    • stralthy
      Author
      March 5, 2019 / 9:11 AM

      You’re absolutely right! Sleep should be on the priorities list😂

      • March 8, 2019 / 6:40 AM

        Petition to put it in everyone’s priority list!!

  3. March 5, 2019 / 2:38 AM

    I’m just getting over bronchitis and this is so relatable!

  4. March 4, 2019 / 11:03 PM

    Sleep really is the best medicine. Our body always knows when we need more of it. I was sick a couple of weeks ago and slept almost solidly for two days because I was so drained! Some really helpful tips in the post, thanks so much for sharing! x

    • stralthy
      Author
      March 5, 2019 / 9:13 AM

      Thank you for reading! Sleep definitely helps, it’s all I want to do when I’m sick :))

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