What To Do When You're Sick
Freelancers get sick too. If you've ever struggled to manage your work while fighting off a bad illness, here are 6 practical self-care tips to help you push through & feel better quickly. 👇
TIP 1: Treat Your Body Right
Feeling good starts with treating your body right. Avoid the urge to drink large doses of coffee just to get through the day. Choose healthy, nutrient-packed food to give yourself some energy, and fight off whatever’s making you feel lousy.
Take a minute to think about what your body needs. Are you low on vitamins or vegetables? Do you need to boost your gut health with kombucha or a powerful ginger tonic? Or maybe you don't feel like eating anything and that can be good for you too.
Whatever it is that's making you sick, listen to your internal doctor and give your body whatever it needs to feel strong & healthy again.
Scott: "I love a hot cup of sweet tea when I'm feeling poorly. Even just flicking the kettle on and pouring the hot water into the mug makes me feel better!"
TIP 2: Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good
We’ve probably all succumbed to the coziness of bathrobes & pajamas on sick days - but just because you're feeling sick doesn't mean you need to look sick too!
Taking a nice shower. Brush or comb your hair, moisturize your face, and opt for loose, comfy clothing that still looks good. Not only will you feel good about yourself for making the effort, but you’ll also feel better about the day and more prepared to tackle your work.
TIP 3: Prioritize & Delegate
Don't try to do everything on your list. Prioritize the most important tasks that need to get done today. If you can, try to delegate the smaller tasks to someone else or save them for another day.
Put your precious energy into tackling only the most crucial calls, meetings, or projects that you can’t ignore or push back. Even if all you do is get these tasks done, the day will be a win.
With the critical client work out of the way, you can relax and take a break. Let your clients & coworkers know that you’re not feeling well and need a little time to care for yourself.
TIP 4: Get Plenty of Rest
Take advantage of being able to work from home & schedule yourself an afternoon nap if you need it. When your body is fighting off an illness, you’re more likely to get tired easily, so having regular rests and short naps can give you the energy you need to complete your work & feel better. Plus, it's much healthier for you than drinking coffee or taking medication.
TIP 5: Get Some Fresh Air
Try to avoid working from your bed if you can help it - no matter how inviting it may look. The last thing you might feel like doing when you’re feeling lousy is venturing into the outside world, but it might exactly what you need (even if it's just for a few minutes).
Francesca: "I recently got diagnosed with a severe vitamin D deficiency, so getting outside is especially important for me. On days where I feel groggy and ill, even a breezy five or ten minute stroll around my neighborhood can totally lift my spirits and make me feel much better."
TIP 6: Discover the Cause
Next time you get sick, see if you can discover the cause of the illness. Were you working too much? Not enough sleep? Too much stress? Neglecting your nutrition?
You might be able to conquer your illness for good by finding what caused it in the first place. Once you know the source, you can create a plan to avoid catching the same sickness again (or at least minimize the chances of it happening more often). 😉
There you have it!
Six ways to cheer yourself up, feel better, and get through the day even when you feel like a poop taco. Pick one or two that sound good to you and try them out next time you get sick.
Now we'd love to hear YOUR best tips for dealing with sick days. Let us know in the comments below (no email required)!
See you later Alligator! 🐊
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