I hate being sick. I know everyone says that, but being sick actually gives me anxiety and thinking about all the work I’m going to have to makeup stresses me TF out.

Just last week, I had the flu (well, I think I still have some symptoms, but the worst is over…hopefully). And I did a couple of things to make being sick suck less.

7 ways to make a sick day suck less!

I’m sorry if you don’t like it- but ginger is a miracle worker. Seriously-google ‘does ginger help with…’ it helps almost everything (okay, not really, but it is good!) Drink ginger tea with honey for a sore throat, and add a bit to your chicken noodle soup for an extra kick.

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2. Sweat it out
Remember when I recommended tea? Well I drank it while hibernating under a blanket and ended up sweating my butt off. While I hate doing this I felt somewhat better after.

3. Stay away from work
Allow your body to rest! I remember my parents telling me that your body is a great self healer (ahem… doctor and nurse speaking from experience) and that overworking and doing everything can make you tired and break down your immune system.

4. Drink, drink, drink!
Preferably not alcohol or carbonated beverages. Water is always the safest bet.

5. Take hot baths/showers
The steam from the shower really cleared up my sinuses and I just felt better overall.

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6. Use a humidifier/vapor rub
I didn’t really use these this time around, but in the past they were my go-tos. A humidifier really helps with the dry air here and while vapor rub smells gross, it usually clears up my congested chest- plus I always sing ‘soft kitty‘ when I apply it.

7. Cough drops
I can seriously eat Ricola cough drops like candy. This past week, I had a pack of LemonMint cough drops by my side constantly. Talk about soothing.

What do you do to make a sick day suck less?

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  • nicole simonetti

    I always need to remind myself to *not* work on sick days – it’s all about that rest & recovery! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

    • Yes! That’s hard sometimes tho.

  • Ashley Nicole Carrington

    I was home sick with the flu all weekend, and am just now feeling sort of better today. It was hard to stay away from work, but trying to rest as much as I could definitely helped!

    • Today I worked out and realized that my body is still not 100%… More rest for me!

  • Being sick is the worst. Hope you feel completely better soon!

  • Sarah Jean

    I drink bee pollen orange flavored drinks, ginger tea, wash my face and take a bath!

    • I’ve heard a lot about bee pollen drinks, I shall try it!

  • mckenna bleu

    All of these are so important for you when you are feeling sick!

  • Yes to all of these! I recently got over a sickness and followed pretty much all of these.

  • Janel Berchielli

    Yes we need more people to stay home when they are sick. I use essential oils too and that helps me to recover a bit faster then all the times I was sick before I knew about more natural remedies.

    • Yeah, stay home people and don’t get the rest of us sick!

  • Oh man, I have been sick for a while myself and I totally agree with these tips! Especially the staying away from work – too many people try to work when they should just be resting!

    • My computer is always staring at me and begging me to work, but I can’t!

  • These really do help. Especially hot showers and humidifiers. I won’t be able to sleep without a humidifier if I’m sick lol

  • Sorry you weren’t feeling well. 🙁 I hope you’re all better now!

    • Yeah! It’s coming back little by little.

  • Totally agree with these! I’m glad you’re feeling better – I had some kind of sickness last week too. It’s that time of year, ugh!

    • Yes, ugh we’re headed to dreaded allergy season :/

  • Marie Ernst

    Love these tips, I also always hydrate a ton when sick and it definitely helps speed up recovery!

    • Hydration is key for almost everything!

  • These are some awesome tips. I always try to go to work anyway but need to remember how important rest is.

    • Working is a big no-no, but I hate all the work I have to catch up on if I leave it a couple of days.

  • Alex Lo

    so sorry you had the flu girl!!! that’s the worst 🙁 but i’m glad the worst of it is over!

  • sofieyah l
  • I too hate being sick. Sweating it out works so much for me. A lot of times if I am not contagious I will go to work sick. Though sometimes you just have to let your body rest. Going back to a lot of work sucks but it will get done when it gets done. Hope you’re starting to feel better!

    • That’s what I HATE about being sick!

  • I HATE being sick, probably more than anything! These tips are definitely great, and drinking water is basically my lifesaver when I’m sick. I also love to watch Netflix and just relax, because I rarely get to do that when I’m healthy! Glad to hear you’re recovering from being sick – great post.
    – katrina // Yours Truly, Katrina

    • I watch Netflix too! I just end up napping tho haha.

  • Greta Hollar

    I hate being sick but sleeping and catching up on Netflix are two of the good things that come out of a sick day!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Poonam Patel

    These are all great tips! My favorite is ” stay away from work” :-D.

    • I think thinking too hard makes me even more sick!

  • I literally just shop when I’m sick haha! I can’t look at work but I can shop.

  • These are great tips, I love taking hot baths when Im sick!

    • Such a great relaxation time for me.

  • Ashley Mason

    These are great tips! I always drink tea while sick!

  • Hot baths are always a good choice!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Amy

    Such great tips!! I’m always sick and these are so helpful!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • These are awesome tips! My husband swears by eating a clove of garlic. It’s gross, but he says it works wonders for colds.
    Katie | Millennial on the Move

    • Interesting… never heard that before- I might try it!