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Sadly enough, one morning during my two-week trip to Florida for Thanksgiving, I woke up with a tickle in my throat and knew what was to come. Although I got my annual flu shot and was adamant about washing my hands and staying hydrated during my cross-country trip, somehow a little bug got to me.
That morning, I made the decision to scrap my plans and instead indulge in a “get well” day if you will. Even though I am not a doctor, I feel like my plan worked for me, because I woke up the next day feeling a little bit stronger. It got me thinking that we often push through illness when we’re busy, especially during the holidays. But perhaps that’s not doing us any favors. That’s why, today, I’m sharing the perfect plan, in case you find yourself feeling under the weather.
What to do when you wake up feeling sick over the holidays
- Stay in bed. Don’t bother trying to get up early with your alarm to tackle the day, if you’re able to call in sick from work. Send an email to your team from your phone upon rising, let them know you’re down for the count and stay in the comfort of your bed for at least 30 minutes extra, laying there with no distractions. Your work will be there the next day, and we all are supposed to have sick days for a reason. If you’ve got kids to take care of, hopefully you can get some help from your spouse or a babysitter. Those few extra moments in bed in the morning will do you a world of good. And quite frankly, showing up somewhere when you’re clearly not well is not the smartest plan anyhow.
- Drink up. Chug as much water as you can. Infuse that water with cucumber or lemons if you need a little flavoring to make it more enticing. You can also grab some fruit juice. Even classic orange juice can help with all that vitamin C it contains. I happen to love plain coconut water as well. Your body wants liquids, and a little bit of sugar can give you some energy.
- Heat up with tea. Tea is our friend, my friends. I drank a number of mugs of hot tea when I wasn’t feeling well (who am I kidding, I drink a couple of mugs of hot green tea every day anyways), and the warm liquid soothed my throat. Bonus points for putting honey in your tea.
- Cozy up and watch holiday movies. My favorite holidays movies are “White Christmas” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” I swear, even if you’re sick, when you cozy up on the couch with a blanket and a mug of tea and take in the music and dancing of something as wonderful as “White Christmas,” you’ll forget your symptoms in no time. It’s science.
- Down the drops. You know when you get a sore throat and you just keep swallowing over and over again to see if it still hurts? That process is a whole lot more palatable when you’re swallowing a Ricola Dual Action Honey Lemon drop, because they provide sore throat and cough relief with natural herb ingredients.
- Forget your workout. Yes, here I am, a personal trainer and healthy-living blogger telling you to forget your workout. But I think it’s important to let your body heal. I do however, think that taking a nice long walk is totally okay. Just don’t push it. When I wasn’t feeling well, I took a very slow 30-minute stroll outside listening to a podcast, and it was just the right amount of movement giving me some fresh air.
- Say “no” to invitations. Your inbox may be filling up with holiday party invites around this time of year, but it’s just not a good idea to head out celebrating when you’re not well. Give yourself the gift of saying “no” to things that you aren’t excited about it. It’s totally fine to do.
- Slurp down the soup. The only time I ever eat soup is when I’m sick. I’m not sure why, but so true. I had a delicious broth bowl on the day I wasn’t feeling well, and I swear it nourished my body so much, I instantly felt more energized. Even if you aren’t feeling too hungry while lying in bed all day, don’t forget to feed yourself properly. Soup is an easy and hearty choice.
- Bundle up. Scarves, slippers, wool hats, socks and sweatpants are made for sick days. Put on all your comfortables and don’t think twice about having to look presentable. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, plant yourself in front of it for a little while.
- Stay positive. Tomorrow is a new day. A lot of times a positive mentality can work wonders when we’re ill. (See the one above about watching holiday movies!) Don’t feel blue because you may miss a few activities or not get anything on your to-do list accomplished, because you’ll be stronger very soon. Keep up your spirits.
I’m wishing you nothing but health and wellness over this holiday season, but if you do find yourself on the sick list, take it easy and follow some of these tips to be on the road to recovery sooner.
And while you’re at it, saying “happy anniversary” to Ricola! Would you believe it’s the 75th anniversary of Ricola’s Original Herb Drop? By the way, if you visit this site today and read about Ricola’s history, you can take a quiz on the company for a chance to win a real gold drop. Totally cool. Check it out here. Take care my friends!A to-do list for when you're sick during the holidays ... @RicolaUSA Click To Tweet
*Disclaimer: As part of a Socialstars campaign, this post in sponsored by Ricola. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this family-owned Swiss company as a year-long ambassador. However, please know that all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on Ricola, you can visit Ricola on Facebook or on Twitter.
Questions of the day
What’s your must-do when you’re not feeling well?
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?