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How to cope in times of sickness

Education Health & Nutrition Coach Lifestyle Advice

As we move into the changing of seasons, many of us will find ourselves at some point or another, getting sick and having to stay home. Considering the current situation with Covid-19, and the Omicron variant, the likelihood of this happening has increased exponentially. 


I know that it can be harder to take care of ourselves when we are unwell. So, how can we continue to support our body and immune system when we’re not feeling our best? 


Prepare in advance: The most important advice I can give to anyone who may become unwell due to flu or coronavirus is to prepare for it before it happens. I have a wellness pack ready to go in case I am unable to do any shopping because of illness. Recommendations from health authorities have included items such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, sore throat relief, thermometer, vapour rubs and other over the counter cold and flu remedies. In my wellness kit, I also have some manuka honey and lemon teas to help soothe a sore throat should it occur. 


Get lots of sleep and rest: Many of us are used to the daily hustle and bustle of our busy lives and it can be a foreign concept to slow down and remove expectations from ourselves. Whenever possible, however, it’s important to listen to your body and rest. This is the time for self-care so that your body can have a speedy recovery. If you feel like sleeping at 11:00 am go for it! Turn off your computer or phone and snuggle up. Listen to audiobooks, movies, music, or meditations and just be. Keeping our bodies calm and resting as much as we can is the best thing we can do to take care of ourselves when we’re unwell. 


Stay hydrated: Did someone you know ever make you chicken soup when you were sick? Part of the effectiveness of this ancient ‘remedy’ is that it is hydrating and soothing. When we’re unwell, it’s important to drink some form of liquids regularly including plenty of water and/or warm tea with manuka honey and even Nuzest Clean Lean Protein shakes mixed with water or milk. If you’re feeling congested hydrating your body with a steam bath or a hot steamy shower or bathroom can help. 


Take care of your body’s nutritional needs: When we're unwell, It can be tricky to continue to eat regularly. This is especially true if we’re experiencing nausea and/or a high fever. My suggestion is to simply ‘do the best you can with what you have, where you are’. Having some things on hand such as Clean Lean Protein Bars, Good Green Vitality Bars and/or some Clean Lean protein shakes can make things a lot easier. When preparing for sickness, these can be a vital part of your home wellbeing kit. Luckily these items are also available online should you need to order from home when unwell. 


Reduce stress:  Accept feelings of stress, worry, boredom and grief as they arise. Know these are normal reactions to an incredibly difficult situation and remember that this is temporary. If you're stuck in bed, practice gratitude and mindfulness by looking at the beauty around you, whether it be out the window or some of your favourite things or people. 


Try some deep breathing if this is possible for you. A simple breathing technique that I use is ‘box breathing’. This involves breathing into the count of 4, holding your breath for 4, exhaling for 4 and breathing again to the count of 4. Repeat this as many times as you’d like. 


Get some fresh air. Whether it be sitting on your doorstep or simply opening a window in your room, it’s important for body, spirit and mental wellbeing to take in some fresh air when we can. 


Every person is different and our bodies' responses to being unwell will vary. The most important piece of advice I can give is to listen to your own body’s needs. By slowing down, taking care of yourself the best you can and tuning in – I hope your body will repay you with a speedy recovery.