There is always that time of year when you feel a scratch in your throat and your nose begins to run. I have spent the past two weeks in bed due to some sort of health issue and I had begun feeling the back aches and emotional strain of having to constantly be on bed rest. In that time, I tried to find different ways to get myself out of bed without becoming too exhausted while still making the most of my time (instead of watching YouTube all day long).
DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY // After 3 hours of watching documentaries on Netflix and skimming across a few different shows, I decided to do something that always seemed to comfort me; painting my nails. As trivial as it may sound, painting my nails was something my mother always did and has no become a routine for me that takes me out of whatever headspace I’m in and allows me to focus on something that will make me feel put together and presentable. Every brush stroke took my mind off of my rough cough and let me envision what that colour could be paired with.
LOZENGES AND TEA ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND // The best way to soothe a sore throat and feel like you are doing something to make yourself better is popping a few medicinal lozenges and drinking a lot of tea, or fluids for that matter. Being in the state I was in, working out was not an option so I focused mostly on eating and kept my diet simple; chicken noodle soup and Earl Grey.
TAKE TIME TO LEARN SOMETHING // Aside for the plethora of crime documentaries, I took some time to read, even if it was only for a little bit before I slipped into a heated sleep. I am currently reading The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut and a beauty blogger recommended book, Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes—both have kept me enthralled as I constantly switch between them. But learning something doesn’t strictly mean reading; you can also take some time to learn about yourself with some journal writing. One of my favourite things is to put a pen to paper and see what my mind can come up with.
How do you make yourself feel better?