Cold and Flu Recovery

This weekend I'm hanging out at home with my dogs, as I've been sick with the flu for the past couple of days. When it comes to getting sick, I'm usually pretty terrible at taking cold and flu medication - Codeine completely knocks me out and I end up becoming an emotionless zombie that is no longer a functional member of society*.

To counteract this, I have fallen into somewhat of a self-healing routine when I'm feeling utterly miserable that follows the basic formula below:

/ An enormous cup of tea is the only way to start the day when you're not feeling great. There's something quite relaxing about the entire process, and it's probably a bit better for you than a cup of coffee. I usually stick to green tea, but there's something so soothing about T2's French Earl Grey blend. It's practically all I drink when I'm sick.

/ / Pair this with a relaxing soundtrack of your choice and the morning is good to go. Obviously something that's not too heavy on the ears will be the best choice (I usually have a couple of albums on rotation for this), but at the moment I've had The National's Trouble Will Find Me playing pretty much on repeat.

/ I spend quite a substantial amount of my time reading, slowly working my way through the many unread books sitting on my bookshelf (for every book I finish I seem to accrue five more). However, when I'm not feeling so well, I sometimes find it hard to focus on a novel for too long. Pulling out a magazine is perfect for satisfying my need to read. Lately I've been taken to reading Cereal, a travel and lifestyle magazine from the UK. The photography is stunning and the articles incredibly well-written.

/ / After lying in bed for most of the day it's good to just get out of the house for a walk, even if it's just around the block. The fresh air will help, and if you're home sick from work, chances are you'll have the neighbourhood to yourself

* written under the influence of Codeine. I will not be liable for any grammatical errors that appear here.

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