I know I'm not the only one who is feeling worn out right now. Not exactly like I'm getting sick, just extra tired and having a hard time focusing on anything. I find that if I don't pay attention to what I'm eating and how I'm sleeping, I end up pushing myself to the edge of getting sick. Whether or not I actually get a bug sometimes just depends on what's going around or what I've been exposed to. But more often than not, a couple of extra hours of sleep and some mental down time seems to put me back on track again.
Last week was definitely one of those weeks, which is why I want to share my tips for feeling better fast when you aren't exactly sick, but you aren't exactly feeling great either. By Saturday afternoon I was sure I was getting sick (I didn't). I was exhausted and my body was a little achey.
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So, when you are feeling run down and need to feel better fast, here's what you can do:
This one is kind of obvious (to most anyway). Take time to rest. If that means skipping out on social activities. Do it. If that means you need to call in sick to work. Do it. Whatever you need to do to add a little extra rest time into your schedule, make it happen. For me this means taking a nap in the middle of the day on weekends, or a quick power nap when I get home from work. This also means skipping my workouts if needed. I don't usually advise that, but sometimes your body just needs a break!
Again, do whatever you can to decrease your stress. Delegate some things to others (no, you don't always have to do all the grocery shopping and cooking). Try some deep breathing or meditation. Do a little yoga. Smell some essential oils. Remember that chronic stress can actually be quite harmful to your body and keep you from reaching your goals (read about three ways stress might be holding you back here).
Drink more water
I know that we don't always feel like drinking water, but water is a key element in keeping you healthy.
Drink hot liquids
If drinking water is not something you can manage, try drinking warm broth or tea instead. These beverages can also help you relax and stress less. My favorite brands are Yogi and Traditional Medicinals. I like the Honey Lavender Stress Relief from Yogi and the Ginger tea from Traditional Medicinals.
Snuggle with your pet
Not only is this relaxing and recharging, it can also help lower your stress levels. Whenever I'm not feeling well I often end up with a dog or two snuggling me during nap time.
Get in some low impact movement
Doing some light stretches and getting up from laying on the couch all day can be great for circulation. If you aren't feeling too tired you could go for a short walk. Whatever you do, keep it short and light. Those of us who are used to higher intensity exercise on a regular basis might have a hard time just keeping it light, but your body is trying to tell you it needs to rest. However, you don't want to completely stop moving it.
Breathing some fresh air and having the sun shine on you can have a relaxing and calming effect. If it's warm outside, you may even be able to take your nap outside. Otherwise, make sure you set foot outdoors at least once a day.
Sweat it out
If you have access to a steam room or sauna, use it! Sweating is a great way to detoxify through our skin and increasing your body temperature can simulate a fever which can help ward off any bugs that might be starting to cause an illness. Don't stay in too long (use how you feel as a guide) and always rehydrate after (just like you would if you were exercising).
Things I love that can help get you going again:
- Oregano, melaleuca, and immune boosting essential oils
- Traditional Medicinals and Yogi teas
- Cozy blankets and snuggly pets
- Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime Video
- Essential oil diffuser
- Zinc lozenges
Learn how I use these things to feel better faster when I'm feeling rundown or sick!
Do you have any tips to add to this list? Feel free to share them in the comments!
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