Unfortunately, there’s no great time to get sick. Often you get sick right before a vacation or important meeting at work. While you can’t plan ahead for getting sick, there are a few ways to help you manage life while you’re sick.
First off, if you’re really sick, don’t go to work. You may be in a position where you feel you absolutely cannot miss work. However, not only will you slow your recovery by over-exerting yourself, but you may also spread your illness to others at the office. Furthermore, you’re likely to be a lot less productive than normal, which can do more harm than good. Because of this, you should try to use your sick or personal days when you really need them.
As soon as you realize you may be getting sick, check out your calendar to see what important dates and events are coming up. If you have a dentist or hair appointment, make sure you reschedule as soon as possible. It’s important you don’t wait until the last minute to cancel or reschedule appointments. Whether it’s lunch with friends or a business call, people will appreciate knowing in advance that you need to reschedule.
It’s important to give your body the rest and nourishment it needs to recover from your illness. To do this, you should ensure you’re getting plenty of fluids. Instead of drinking coffee or soda, switch to tea or juice. Additionally, there are multiple home remedies you can try that can help make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids. Furthermore, it’s important to get more sleep than you normally do. If you stay home from work, make sure you use your day off to get plenty of rest. If you can’t stay home, you should try to go to bed earlier than usual to make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
Hopefully, you don’t become one of the five to 20% of Americans who come down with the flu every year. But if you do get sick, it’s important that you take care of yourself. Not only will you tire yourself out more if you try to keep up with your usual schedule while sick, but you can easily spread your illness to others.