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Having the flu is no fun. Being sick in any capacity is frustrating to the extreme in fact. You feel thwarted you cannot undertake your usual activities. In fact, depending on the degree to which you are ill, it is hard to do much at all. So, hereís ten things to do that can at least make your journey until you recover an easier one, and letís hope, a quicker one.
1. If you are employed, if possible get the day off. You may feel worried about doing this. However, a trick that can be employed, and it is telling the truth, is that you are concerned about other employees getting sick and having to take time off work, too. No boss wants to be short of workers. Also, more importantly, work does take a toll on both your physical and cognitive capacity. You are much better off using that physical and mental energy to recover.
2. If you are not employed, for whatever reason, try to take it easy. If you are the kind of person that carries high expectations of themselves, than remember your body needs energy you are not aware of to heal. Also, energy you arenít aware of is being diverted to your lymphocytes, your white cells to work on you getting better.
3. Get plenty of vitamin c and if possible echinnecia and garlic as well. Science is recognising these as having an objective impact on healing colds. Vitamin C is valuable for any illness, in fact.
4. Get extra rest. This is for the same reason as 2. Your body needs it so it can divert the physical energy you would otherwise be expending to getting well again.
5. If you have a high temperature (over 37.5 degrees) and coloured sputum (yellow or green rather than clear), these signs are indicative of a bacterial infection, and thus an infection that will be responsive to antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics, make sure you take the whole course. This is because otherwise the infection could reoccur, and next time the medication may not work so well. This is one of the factors responsible for the phenomena of antibiotic resistance.
6. Stay warm. Colds and flus love a cold environment, so donít encourage them by staying out in the breeze or catching a chill.
7. There are other ways of being ill that are hard to deal with. All sicknesses are unpleasant. If you have stomach upsets such as nausea and vomiting, again taking it easy is the mainstay. There usually is something that triggers it, like a virus or stomach irritant. The vomiting is the bodyís way of getting rid of the agent that is causing you to feel like this. If it lasts more than a day or so, a visit to the GP is in order.
8. In general, as a prophylactic and treatment measure, wash, wash and keep washing your hands. Most of the germs are carried on the hands. Donít just wash them after going to toilets, but before meals, before preparing foods, and after coming home. It may seem excessive but your body will thank you by helping to stay well.
9. Avoid getting into stressful situations that last a long time. Stress triggers a domino hormone effect which has the end result of raised levels of cortisol. Cortisol suppresses the immune system and leads you more open to any germs that are around you.
10. Have a good diet in general. Itís not just your vitamin C that helps with immunity. The whole range of vitamins and minerals that constitute the balanced diet your body needs not only helps it get well, it helps it stay well.