Hey Everyone! How are you all doing!? Let me know in the comments sections as always ☺️
Well from the title of this post I am battling with a…. COLD!!! I did pretty well going through the whole of Christmas and January w/out getting sick but then… Boom! February i get landed with it! (The joys of working with the general public who come and see you when they’re sick… Stay at home!!)
So.. I started coming down with something last Sunday, I felt really fatigued and my glands were slightly swollen and I just felt quite run down. By Tuesday my sinuses were inflamed and my nose was running like Niagara falls!!
I’m so grateful and thankful that I’m only work 4 days a week, 4 hours a day at the moment.. that was manageable on Monday, but Tuesday I was sent home cause I must of looked slightly rough! And I’ve pretty much been listening to my body and rest ever since! I booked Friday off work as a holiday and went in yesterday which was okay ☺️
In this blog post I’m going to talk you through my tips on surviving a cold whilst managing your chronic illness (mine being Multiple Sclerosis)
1) Rest, Rest and more rest!
Your body recovers so much quicker if you can sleep it off.. or just resting and not doing too much. Your body is trying to fight off this virus/infection so by you pushing yourself to do more, is only going to make you feel worse.
2) Getting some Fresh Air
Now I know I just said that you need to rest and give your body time to heal, but getting some fresh air might just make you feel a little more human ☺️. I like to have a little walk around my garden or sit on the bench taking in some fresh air and it does help my sinuses to clear a little.
3) Drink plenty of fluids
Since having this cold all I’ve been drinking water, herbal teas and fresh juice and smoothies.. making sure I add lots of good wholesome goodies to my smoothies 😊
4) Taking the right meds to make you feel better
So.. I don’t really like taking a lot of medication, purely because I feel that there has to be a more natural way to cure illnesses (not all illnesses, but some) social haven’t been taking many “drugs” but I have been keeping up with all my vitamins. The vitamins that I take everyday is, D3, Magnesium, B12 and Flaxseed oil tablets.
Whilst I’ve been poorly, I was taking Sudafed, however I didn’t react very well to it, so I’ve just gone back to Ibuprofen, paracetamol, Olbas Oil and all the other cold goodies lol.
5) Eat Well
When we are sick we rarely find the passion to cook a lavish super healthy meal… I’m not saying to do that, but instead of heading to the junk when you’re feeling poorly, treat keeping up with the fruit and veg. I have a lot of homemade smoothies which I pack with lots of spinach, kale etc. I have had a couple of times where George and I have just indulged in something delicious (Mexican take away valentine’s night) but 90% of the time I’m eating healthy good foods!
Some spices that I absolutely love and take everyday is:- turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. These are great and I’ve read that they are a good anti-inflammatory spice.
6) Do something you enjoy!
When I’m poorly I love watching Netflix… However I also try and practice in “Self-Care” once a day! Whether that be having a lovely bath, painting my nails or giving myself a facial.. or even writing in my Bullet Journal (I got a new one yesterday lol!) Doing something that you enjoy everyday will make you feel a little bit happier when you’re not feeling 100%
7) Wear your comfy clothes!
And finally… Wearing something super cozy and comfy! I also go to my super comfy joggers and a lovely warm jumper.. I got the jumper from Primark and it’s sooo cozy! I also have these gorgeous slipper socks that I got for Christmas, which are perfect for keeping my feet lovely and warm! It’s all about the comfies when you’re poorly!
And that my lovelies is the end of “Surviving a cold W/ MS” I hope some of you have found this useful! I was originally going to film a YouTube video on this topic… But…. I’ve felt too rough to do that 🤣🤣 oh the irony!
Anyway! I’m starting to feel a lot better now! I hope you’re all okay!
Lots of Love