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Feeling Sick? 3 Tips You Need Now

By Genevieve Cunningham

Winter. It's the time of year when sickness abounds. There are more people with colds or the flu or other illnesses than at any other time of year. While it's relatively normal and even expected to suffer from one illness or another during the cooler months, most people are still interested in doing what it takes to stay well. And if you're already coming down with something, then you want to get over it as quickly as possible. If you've been feeling under the weather, take a look at these tips for healing your body while also protecting others from further infection.

Stay Home

If you're sick, you need to be at home. It's the only way to give yourself the right amount of rest, and perhaps more importantly, it's the only way to keep from spreading it to others. Use a sick day or call in if at all possible. The more you stay away from others, the better it is for your already weakened immune system as well as everyone else. 

Nurture Yourself

Now is the time to really nurture your own body and mind. Get comfortable on the couch and put on your favorite Netflix show. Don't worry about laundry or cleaning or anything else. Just rest. Drink chicken soup. Take your medicine. Be gentle on yourself. The more personal care you give yourself, the better it is for your long-term wellness.

Don't Rush It

Getting over illness takes time, and most of the time, it takes longer than we realize. If you're starting to feel better, give yourself another day if possible. Don't start your workout routine yet. Don't go back to work. Don't go out and about, if you can avoid it. Rushing too quickly back to the daily grind may leave you susceptible to a relapse or to catching something else before your body is ready to fight.

Being sick is not fun, but it happens. And when it does, we have to be ready to react in a responsible manner. We have to know what to do to heal so that we can feel better and get back to regular life as quickly as possible. Use these tips to keep yourself healing and healthy, and your body will be ready for spring when it finally rolls around.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charleston, S.C.

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