Let’s face it – being sick sucks.
It can be costly in terms of lost wages, in addition to whatever purchases are required to help bring about wellness.
It’s also a drag. You feel like crap, you have no energy and you either can’t sleep very well because your symptoms are uncomfortable – or you’re sleeping all the time.
I’ve been sick this week, so this has been my reality for the last several days. I have NO doubt you’ve been there plenty of times as well.
I’ve missed appointments and my other work has felt more tedious than usual because I can’t think straight.
So on that note, this post won’t be long and wordy – but I wanted to share with you some holistic health remedies and ideas that I’ve been implementing to help me deal with being sick.
Maybe they’ll work for you as well.
A Time For Self-Awareness
Being sick is a way for our bodies to tell us that it’s time to slow down, take it easy and be kind to ourselves.
In addition to the physical toxins out there that weaken the body – emotional toxicity (stress, anxiety, etc.) does plenty of damage as well and in fact, can help bring about sickness all on its own.
Illness encourages us to get in touch with ourselves and pay attention to our thoughts.
For example – a while back, I was feeling quite stressed over a busy schedule. I knew I needed a break, but wouldn’t take one because work came first.
Since I didn’t know to question my thoughts at the time, and instead, ignored my instincts to slow down; my body took over and I got sick. It was an interesting learning experience and to be completely honest, I was thankful for the excuse to rest.
That wasn’t the case for me this time though because I don’t overdo it these days. However, you might.
Many of you out there have schedules that are packed with activities and work. If this is the case for you, it may be time to sit back and see whether or not it’s time for a much-needed break.
This is a time for healing, so fretting about what you’re missing will only create additional stress. Your body needs to rest and to do this efficiently, your mind needs to relax.
Holistic Health Remedies (and Keeping Your Sanity) When You’re Sick
While we all know it’s dreadful to be sick, there are a few helpful things you can do to make the time go by in a more pleasant manner in addition to supporting the body in what it’s trying to do – which is heal.
Using holistic remedies are one of my favorite ways to deal with being sick because I prefer to put good things into my body while it’s ridding itself of toxins.
Some of the methods I recommend are:
- Reading, or watching inspirational books or videos.
- Hydrating yourself with clean, purified water.
- Adding additional high quality nutrients into your system such as garlic, leafy greens and organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother).
- Quieting your mind.
- Refraining from junk food.
- Trusting the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
- Looking into medicinal/healing herbs.
- Saline rinses
I have a catnip plant and a lemon balm plant outside.
I’ve pinched off some of the leaves and made tea with some raw honey and organic lemon juice. You’d be surprised to learn that there are plants that may help with certain health conditions.
I’ve expanded on this topic over at Lifehack.org.
I’ve also made non-dairy smoothies with organic blueberries and added some of my superfood powdered greens to them since I hadn’t made it to the market to pick up any fresh leafy greens.
It’s a good idea to stay away from the junk food. This is a time when your body needs optimal nutrition, so your best bet is to keep your diet light. I have some Renew Life Probiotics (affiliate link), so I added this into my regimen as well.
Since I’ve had a cold, saline rinses have been helpful. I use pre-made packets of a saline solution (affiliate link) and combine them with purified water in a bottle. Some people use neti pots – but either method is fine as long as you keep it sanitized.
Now, since I am a bit tired, and would like to rest, I am going to wind this post down with a couple of helpful videos and links.
Please understand that I am not a doctor – nor do I play one on TV or anywhere else. I am offering suggestions to help bring about wellness – but I cannot and will not attempt to diagnose you in any way, shape or form.
So if you feel you need to see a physician, please do so. Just consider my post as a helpful buddy to empathize along with your suffering while cheering you on as you get well.
I’ve also spent time reading and watching videos. Sometimes I like inspirational stuff, other times I like to laugh. Go with your gut when it comes to seeking things to pay attention to. I like a mix of things, so here are a couple of videos I’ve enjoyed.
George Carlin is one of my favs. He’s always been one to tell it like it is in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.
Ever see his bit on the American Dream? (it really gets good at around 1:50)
My husband shared this fantastic video with me last night. It’s so inspiring. Definitely something to perk you up when you’re sick (or any other time).
So tell me – Is there anything in particular that you’ve found helpful when you were sick that weren’t covered here?
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