Ain’t nobody got time for sick days. Especially when you’re self-employed and don’t have any other employees (…yet), there’s no one to take that call for you, go to that meeting on your behalf, or to help you out with any of the one-million things on your plate at work. On top of that, it’s usually too much extra work to change contracts and project deadlines if I’m sick. The hustle must go on! I can’t check out at the first sign of a cough or sneeze (and I’m sure you’re in the same boat!), so NyQuil Severe and DayQuil Severe help me survive my constantly-on-the-go lifestyle. On my “sick day,” I’m still running to a meeting, taking calls for future projects, shooting lifestyle content in my apartment, and coming up with creative concepts for future posts. I can’t spend the day in bed, so I turn to NyQuil Severe in the evening and DayQuil Severe in the morning.
I swear I only come down with things at night, or at least most of the time. I’ll be completely fine one minute and within an hour, I feel as if I’ve been hit with a sack of bricks. It always hits me so suddenly, which is why I keep NyQuil hand. There’s nothing worse than running out to the drugstore when you feel lousy and probably look even worse. When I know I can’t take a sick day in the morning, I take NyQuil Severe to make sure I get enough sleep to power through the day. There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning with a cough, and staring at the clock counting how little time you have to sleep if you fall asleep right now. We’ve all been there, right? The anxiety of not getting enough sleep, mixed with the lack of ZZZs, only makes your symptoms worse!
On top of the meds, I have my cold remedy down to a science at this point. Fluids, fluids, fluids. I drink as much water as I possibly can to try to wash whatever it is out of my system. I’m also a big supporter of drinking sports drinks when I’m sick to replenish those electrolytes. Teas and vitamin-packed juices and smoothies, too. It’s all about the liquids! And if drinking them wasn’t enough, I’ve started using a sinus rinse at first sign on my symptoms, too. It’s a bit of a challenge getting over the drowning feeling, but it’s pretty awesome after you figure it out!
Next up, garlic. My friend, Hitha, once told me that her father swears by eating a clove of garlic if you’re feeling sick. While I can’t bring myself to chomp down on a whole garlic clove, I’ve found ways to incorporate it into food. My favorite thing to do is mince an entire garlic clove and mix it with one whole avocado. Mash it up, and some extra feta, tomatos, or spices if you’d like, and then spread it over a few pieces of toast!
When I’m sick, calorie counts go out the window. I seriously believe in comfort food so if I feel like pasta for lunch, I’m letting myself eat it. My “cheat day foods” are like a reward for powering through. Plus, you know ice cream always makes everything better! Just make sure you’re getting in those nutrients from fruits and veggies, too.
Here are a few links to some of my furniture and decor pieces pictured throughout the post…
Bedroom: Bed | Nightstand | Drawer Pull | Ruffled Duvet | Ruffled Shams | Animal Print Shams | Lamp | Lampshade | Blush Pink Candle | Le Labo Candle | Handcream | Sheepskin Rug | Chair | Blush Pink Rug | Gold Candle
If there’s anything that caught your eye that I missed, leave a comment below and I’ll track it down for you! Both spaces are still a work in progress, but I’ll be doing full features on each as soon as they’re fully finished.
I’d love to know what your #NoSickDays secrets are, too! How do you power through the day when you’re feeling under the weather?! Here’s to a healthy winter season ahead!
PS: I’ll be taking over the new @NyQuilDayQuil twitter account on Wednesday! Be sure to follow along for a behind the scenes look at my day.
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