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I'm a baby when I'm sick. Full-on big baby. "Where's my mommmm???" baby. But I'm an adult, right? So I gotta take care of myself, because mom isn't always around.
Enter: current state.
I like to think I have a strong immune system. I rarely get a cold, and when I do, I fight it off relatively quickly. But this time, I got sick and hopped on a plane. An airplane. It might as well have been a petri dish brewing with germs.
So now, I can only breathe out of one nostril, my throat and ears are itchy and my eyes burn. This time, I didn't fight the cold in a day, even though I followed all the tried-and-true tips. I took the day off yesterday, I rested, I hydrated, I loaded up on Vitamin C... nothing.
So I'm coming up with another list. Not the fight-the-cold-in-a-day list, but the how-to-power-through-your-cold list. Here's what that one looks like.
|This tasted better than it looks.|
1. Eat well.
Last time I wrote one of these because I was sick, I was having pizza. Way to go, Natalie. As much as I love pizza, that was a terrible idea.
Healthy food doesn't have to be difficult to make, and it can definitely keep you feeling stronger. I got home tonight craving soup, so I grabbed my Nutribullet and tossed in some broccoli, water, a bouillon cube and light cheese. Voilà!: a millennial's scrappy soup. It's nothing fancy, but it does the trick. Plus, broccoli is a great source of Vitamin C. Guess what I'm taking to lunch tomorrow?
(Let me add that I started by just boiling some water with a buoillon cube, so that Nutribullet/broccoli aha! moment was truly special. God do I have things to learn.)
2. Rest when you can.
You've taken the day off and nothing. Okay, let me give you the advice I never take myself: take another day off. Take a break. Or maybe, if taking the day off isn't an option, ask to work from home. Laying in bed makes answering emails a bit better, especially when you're coughing/sneezing/sniffling every other second.
3. Vicks VapoRub.*
Rub some of that on your chest, and apologize to your colleagues. A little bit right by your nose will also help you breathe a little easier (keep it super light, because otherwise it will burn). This girl right here smells like walking eucalyptus right now.
*Read in Spanish.
4. Make sure to sleep early.
Maybe you slept all of day one. You felt like s***, so you napped all day. But enough's enough because you're an adult and you have things to do -- I get that. Here's what to do instead: go to bed early. And I'm not talking half an hour earlier. Go to bed a full two hours earlier. Your body will appreciate the extra Zzzs when you wake up in the morning.
Pro tip: You probably can't breathe very well when you lay down, so you'll need the extra time to knock out anyway.
5. DON'T GET ANYONE SICK.
This is the hardest because you have little control over it. But please, for your sake and theirs, minimize physical contact with other people, especially those you see every day. You're sick, you get them sick, anddd the vicious cycle begins. In complete shameless hyperbole: you'll be sick forever.
Cover your mouth (obviously, but you'd be surprised how many people don't), wipe down your desk and hand those around you a courtesy Emergen-C packet.
You do all that, and you'll power through it. It might take more than a day, but you'll power through it. I gots to believe.