Making the Most of a Sick Day
Watch a Comedy. We've all heard the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. Well, it turns out that it's true! Studies have shown that laughter does a body good, as it raises your heart rate, which in turn brings more oxygen throughout your body. There have been other studies that show that laughter has positive effects on blood sugar levels and immune response. So, when you're stuck on the couch with a box of tissues and your favorite comfy blanket, pop a comedy into the DVD player or cue up some sitcoms on the DVR, your body will thank you!
Take a Steam. Steam opens up and moistens your nasal passages and throat, which can be a relief when you're battling illness. So why not enjoy a steam shower? You don't even have to get wet - pull a chair into the bathroom and sit next to the tub for a few minutes and let that steam work its way into your system. A more eco-friendly alternative: Set a pot of water to boil and hover over it once it starts steaming. Careful, though - you don't want to get burned by your stove!
Make Some Soup. There's a reason that soup has become synonymous with recovering from illness: it works! The hot liquid is soothing, and it can be loaded with veggies, which provide all sorts of necessary nutrients. The best option is to make your own soup, as canned soups are often loaded with sodium and preservatives. Get cooking!
Play a Game. Just because your body is weaker than it normally is doesn't mean that your mind has to be, too. Challenge your brain with a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or one of the plethora of word or trivia games available as apps for your tablet or smartphone. If you have a friend or family member passing the time with you, challenge them to a board game. Time flies when you're having fun, and before you know it, you may feel back to normal!