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Beat the Sick at Home Blues!

Beat the Sick at Home Blues!

Let’s face it, getting sick is no picnic. It slows us down and makes us feel just plain old crummy. While rest is an essential part of getting better, lying around the house all day can get quite boring. Cabin fever is bound to set in at some point and leave you feeling antsy. So, if you find yourself at home with a bad cold, and nothing to do, try some of these activities for staying sane, and getting better along the way!

Crack a Book
How many times do you say to yourself, “I wish I had more time to read!” Well, having to barricade yourself up in the house with the sniffles is the perfect time to brush up on some literature. Do you have a list of books that you’ve been meaning to cross off your bucket list, but have never gotten the chance to do so? Well, cozying up with a good book can be a great way to spend the day stuck at home with a nice cup of hot coco by your side. There’s nothing like getting immersed in a great novel for a couple of hours and the best part is that reading doesn’t require a lot of physical excursion. Time can fly by when diving into a good read and can help the mind focus on something else besides being stuck at home sick.

Call the Tune
Have you ever heard about music therapy? Well, research has shown that music can be beneficial to our psychological well-being. Relaxation music can be soothing and can even reduce the body’s response to stress. Parts of our nervous system, like breathing and heart rate, can be altered by musical beats and rhythms. This can create a type of calm for the body. Thus, listening to music relaxes our bodily muscles and allows the mind to become clear. Music therapy is a relatively new concept, but is growing in popularity in its uses in hospital and psychiatric settings. Read this article for more information on music therapy in general.

Have a Movie Marathon
Granted, sitting in front of the television all day may not seem like the healthiest thing to do, but catching up on a DVR full of unwatched movies and/or favorite TV shows for a couple of hours can be an entertaining way to just relax. During the day, there may not be a lot to watch, which is why watching a good movie may be a better idea. Movies are also longer in length and can help you spend just a couple of hours in complete relaxation and entertainment. Laughing at a good comedy is actually a good thing for the body and may improve your immune system!

Catch Up Day
In the hectic world we all live in today, having a day to regroup and refocus is a rarity. Getting stuck at home with a bit of a head cold can be a great opportunity to plan for when you do get better. Getting sick can feel a little depressing in the moment, but planning for that future vacation or even someone’s birthday party in the coming week can be a great way to focus on the better things to come. There is a time in all of our lives when we get thrown off balance and it is necessary to get back on track from all the chaos that can overwhelm us in everyday life. Perhaps, you’ve gotten behind in taking care of some unpaid bills or haven’t found the time yet to finish that certain household project that has been left undone for awhile now. Taking this opportunity to draw to a close some unfinished business can have a fulfilling result on a day in which you think staying home in your PJs would be unproductive.

Get Creative
You may be surprised how taking a little time for yourself can reveal some interesting things about yourself. When given the time to try something new, you may find certain activities that you didn’t think you liked to do before because you didn’t think you had the time to try them yet. Take this opportunity, when stuck at home, to take up a favorite pastime, or better yet, try and take up a new hobby. How about starting on that craft project sitting unfinished in the corner of your house or putting together that photo collection that you’ve been meaning to assemble? These are just a few ideas that can help pass the time in a fun and creative manner.

Pet Power
You may think of having to be quarantined when sick and no one wanting to come around you, but our furry friends won’t mind lying around with you all day and taking a nap with you, despite having the sniffles. You don’t even have to talk with them; all you have to do is spend time with them. Don’t forget that paying a little more attention to your furry friend can have a therapeutic effect on both you and your pet.

And Don’t Forget: Just Relax!
It’s easy to say that getting sick is a nuisance and while this is true, taking a day off from the regular pressures of everyday life to just relax can do the body wonders. Sometimes getting sick is our body’s way of trying to tell us that we should take it easy for awhile and slow things down. It is important to take care of ourselves and take the time to regroup and refocus. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to take the time to focus on our overall health and well-being to keep us at our best and healthy selves!

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