Taking Care Of Yourself When Your Ill

It is nice to have friends and family around you when you aren’t feeling your best. In fact, sometimes, it is hard to know what you would do without them. It is essential though that you can take care of yourself too. And, this doesn’t mean the big things like driving, and heavy lifting or rushing your recovery. Instead, it means booking things like home care and drinking enough water. 

Here are some tips to help you take care of yourself. 


It is tempting when you are a busy kind of person to brush off the needs of rest and relaxation and push your body to perform how you did before. And it doesn’t matter if is physical health or mental health – you need to slow down. The problem is that bills need to be paid, and chores feel like a weight around our necks. 

However, if you aren’t taking the right amount of rest and relaxation, you will hinder your recovery. Even from the smallest thing. 


It is normal to have a limited to no appetite after you have had surgery or during bad mental health periods. But, you need to keep your body nourished. If you are really struggling with sickness, then try to have some ginger tea, or ginger boiled sweets – many people find that they are very beneficial. Soups, yogurts, crackers, applesauce, and toast, are great things to start with, and they don’t cause too much of an issue for your digestive system either. 

It should go without saying that you need to keep your fluid levels up. If your skin is eyes feel dry, and your lips look chapped, then you need to up your intake of water. The less water you have in your body, the less well your cells can deal with the trauma. 


Sometimes injuries and illness are life-changing, and while you don’t have to accept that with open arms, you should try and slowly come to terms with it. 

During that time you will get a lot of offers of help. Ego can sometimes get in our way, but if you have offers of help, a meal being cooked, children being taken to school – take it. It isn’t a weakness to need help, in fact, it is a strength for you to accept it. 


Soft pillows, clean sheets, and multiple blankets are a great idea. If you are recovering from surgery you might not be as mobile for a while, so the more comfortable you can make yourself the better. It is a good idea to not stay in one position for too long, as this can also cause problems. 

You should allow yourself time to recover properly. All too often, we are rushed by other commitments, and we put our health on the back burner. In the long run, that will always cause more harm than good. 


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