Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Have a cold? It's not all bad!

 Hello there! How are you? It's that time of year again where everyone has suddenly caught a cold! Everywhere you go, there's someone there coughing or sneezing into their tissue. From my experience this is for a number of reasons. First of all, there's been such a dramatic change in the temperature! I don't know about you, but for the past few days I feel as if I've been living in December not October. Whether it be at work, uni, school, or even just going for a walk into town, you will be coming across a lot of different people, meaning a lot of germs flying around. You think that you won't get it? You're wrong. I take my vitamins, I have a flu jab, and heck I'm not even a fresher anymore, yet I still managed to catch 'fresher's flu'. I think another aspect that people don't usually associate with getting a cold, is being stressed or tired. I know personally that starting University again last week, left me feeling stressed and exhausted. The point of this post is not to complain, but to point out that if you are in the midst of a cold, there are actually good aspects to it!

Lie-ins and Naps
 One of the best parts about being ill is the ability to be able to catch up on sleep. You've been run down for the past week through being so busy, but now you're so ill that you can't actually do anything, so go to sleep! There's a reason when you're ill that you can sleep for so long- your body is telling you that you need it. Last year when I was feeling poorly I went to bed at 18:30 and slept straight through to 9am the next day. Take this time while you're ill to just relax, you'll feel a lot better for it and by the time you are well again, you'll feel a lot more refreshed.

Movies and TV
 I don't know about you, but I have certain films that I watch when I'm ill. Pick something that you love, and is easy going (nothing that you have to think too hard about!) and just sit/lie down and watch it. This is the main time that I properly sit down for any length of time to watch tv, and although midday tv is terrible, you don't think it is when you're ill! Be prepared to watch Bargain Hunt, Escape to the Country and Countdown. Like the films that you have seen a million times before, these programmes are great as you don't have to really think about anything and can just watch. 

 Biscuits, cake, Lucozade...whatever you normally deny yourself, have it when you're ill! This will make you psychologically feel better as you are having a treat which you wouldn't normally have. This may even be a part of one of the previous points that I made about sleeping/watching tv, and what I also love to do is read those terrible magazines! There will always be something in there that makes you laugh and feel a bit better!

 Although you may feel terrible now, fear not you'll soon be back living your busy lifestyle again. Just take this as a sign that you just need a period of relaxation and 'me' time before you get back into the swing of things! Here is a photo of a seal to cheer you up (even if you are fit and healthy!)

Aren't they just the cutest?

Have you got any tips to add to my list?

Love Jess xxx


  1. You can stay in your pyjamas all day without someone moaning at you to get dressed. And when you have a child that is ill can be really nice just sitting with them and watching those special films together. Love you lots xxxx

  2. There's always something good in every situation. ;)


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