It seems like I have been sick off and on since the start of the winter. I typically get one really bad cold every winter, but this year I seem to be constantly sick. This week, I had a real doozy of a cold that came complete with a fever, aches, and a constant runny nose. I wasn’t surprised since I have put taking care of myself on the back burner the past few months. The stress I’ve been under with starting a new position at work and moving has certainly taken a toll on my body. I am disappointed that I let it get to this point but I am focusing on how to move forward.
Side note: Speaking of moving forward… I had a bit of a panic last week at work. If you are unfamiliar with the advertising industry, ad spend goes way down in the first quarter of the year. On top of that, I’m still learning this new role as account manager. In my goal setting meeting with my managers, I ended up in tears/mini panic attack because I’m behind on my goals. I was hyper focused on all my accounts that were down and was at a loss for what to do. Making my commission check seemed daunting and nothing stresses me out more than money. My managers reassured me that there is still tons of opportunity elsewhere in my book and we came up with a plan to reach my goals. I am so lucky to be supported so well at work. My main takeaway is that I need to move forward from my losses and shift my focus to other opportunities.
And that brings me back to the main point of this blog post… being sick! I was really hard on myself yesterday for being sick. As you know if you’ve kept up with the blog, ya girl has generalized anxiety. This means that in most situations, my brain reacts with anxious thoughts first. I stayed home sick on Tuesday but decided I needed to be in the office on Wednesday for many reasons but the main one was that I felt like no one would believe me that I was that sick. I was in a bad mood and didn’t want to be at work so I was really short with everyone and I’m pretty sure the only things I said were complaints. I finished up what I needed to and went home after a few hours. I felt bad about how I treated everyone all day and it ended up being this endless thought loop about how I need to take care of myself so I don’t take my anger out on other people. I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I thought back to my meeting last week and remembered to move forward and look at this as a learning opportunity.
ANYWAY… Here are my tips for getting better while sick and the immune system support I’ll be making habits.
- Nutrient Dense Foods. You want to give your body the best possible fuel for fighting off illness.
- Echinacea Tea. All my work friends joke about this one since I basically shove it down anyone’s throat who even mentions being sick. But it works! The herb has shown immune boosting and anti-inflammatory functions. You can read more about it here.
- Lemon. It is loaded with vitamin C and enzymes. Learn more about it here and how to make blended lemon water!
- Hot Epsom Salt Bath. Epsom Salt is detoxifying and the hot bath gets your body to sweat out the bad stuff.
- Vitamin E Oil. This shit is a SAVIOR for chapped nose/cheeks/lips. I buy mine from Trader Joe’s.
Immune Boosting Habits:
- Work Out. A good sweat helps your body get rid of all the bad stuff but I made the commitment because I pretty much need to tire out my body to get a good nights sleep. And good sleep keeps your body in working order.
- Eat Nutritious Whole Foods. My 2017 food goal was to eat more greens so that’s my focus right now. I have been really into bowls packed with goods for lunch/dinner so I’m putting together a post on all my winning combos – stay tuned! (You can always stay in the loop with what I’m eating on @fortheblissofit insta #shamelessplug)
- Stay Hydrated. Duh. (& Emergen-C)
- Shots. I’m not talking tequila – I’m talking Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. I fucking hate taking shots so I’d take these over alcohol any day. My latest has been ACV+water+honey+cayenne.
The other big thing I am doing is dialing back my drinking/eating out. It is so easy to fall into the trap of going to every happy hour, party, etc. I’m invited to and since I suffer from serious FOMO, I have a hard time saying no. One of my 2017 goals was to spend more time by myself so I am working on shifting my mindset from being bummed about missing out to being grateful that I have alone time.
Comment below with your go to sick rituals!