Right on queue October came around and I started to develop my annual Autumn cold! Yep, every single year I suffer the same lingering cold that seems to be impossible to fight off. Whether living in freezing cold student accommodation for the past year has anything to do with it, I'm not sure, however I'm sure many people are going through the same thing right now. So I thought I'd put together a sick day survival guide.
In my eyes, the most important thing to consider is how you're going to entertain yourself for the day. I like to light some candles to make it really cosy and get wrapped up in some comfy pjs and a warm blanket. Netflix is usually where I would head first, I've been loving watching Gossip Girl again. I've decided to re-watch the entire series which if anyone knows how many episodes there are, It will take me a while! I've also started to watch Breaking Bad with my boyfriend as we needed something a little less girly to watch together, we've only watched a couple of episodes but so far so good. If you are looking for something really easy to watch there are loads of chick flicks and good comedies available on Netflix, I would definitely recommend!
If you don't feel like vegging in front of the TV all day (a preferred option of mine) you can always read a new book, recently I've been reading Me Before You by JoJo Moyes which has so far taken me a ridiculous amount of time to get through as I've been so busy. Finally I think magazines are always a good option, there are so many I love and you can now download them to your tablet or phone so you don't even have to leave the house!
One thing I hate about being ill is how my skin feels, its always so dehydrated and sore which nearly always results in a break out. To combat this I like to use a hydrating face mask like the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (£30.00), don't think that overnight masks can only be used at night time, I pretty much always use them in the day and they work amazingly. A good lip balm is another must and so far I haven't found a better offering than the Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm (£9.50), I'm sure throughout the day I must apply this 1000 times, It works wonders.
Food & Drink //
Everyone knows that the one miracle food when you're feeling ill is soup. I'm a big fan of soup as it is but when I'm ill its all I seem to want. Its great if you have a sore throat, I remember when I came down with Tonsillitis all I could eat was soup and ice cream because my throat was so sore. Another thing I crave are warm drinks, I get through cups of tea like nobody's business. I think hot chocolate is a good option when you're feeling unwell as it feels a bit luxury as well as tasting gorgeous. If you're after a healthier option, why not try green tea? I don't find it the nicest tasting drink on its own but I like to add half a teaspoon of sugar which sweetens it up a little - probably defeating the object I know!
I'm so pathetic when it comes to taking any type of medicine, I couldn't even take tablets until I was 16. So I usually stay away from horrible tasting cough medicines if possible, which probably would be the best thing for me! Instead I opt for the standard Beechams Cold and Flu tablets which always work for me, I would definitely recommend the Max Strength All In One capsules which I've tried out this year. I pair it with some Honey and Lemon Strepcils and sometimes a little trick that my mum used to use. When I was growing up she would give me a teaspoon of honey when I had a sore throat, whether it actually works or not I don't know but Its something I still like to do.
What are your top tips for sick days? Are they similar to mine?