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5 Easy Strategies To Coping When You Are Ill

Flu, gastro, ear infections, chesty coughs are some of the most common reasons people need a week off work. The trouble is that they aren’t serious illnesses, but they seem to knock us flat on our backs. We’re completely unable to carry on with the simplest of day-to-day tasks. If you’re struck down by one these common ailments, chances are all you want to do is curl up on the sofa, under a blanket, and peruse the delights of daytime TV. This isn’t coping! It’s time to get up and try one of these strategies to help you get over your illness and back to the world of healthy living:

Take Your Prescribed Medicine

If your GP has prescribed an antibiotic or inhaler or medicine to ease your symptoms, then take it. None of us likes having to take tablets, but if you have an infection, it’s probably a good idea to go with it. Find a good local pharmacy like the one at with staff that can help to check you’re taking the medicines correctly. You can pick up menthol or eucalyptus oils to help clear your nose if you’re stuffy too.

Foods to Jumpstart Your Immune System
Vitamin C consumption helps to combat colds. Freshly squeezed OJ, anyone? Photo via Pexels, CC0.

Find The Foods To Boost Your Immune System

There are foods for every occasion! You might already be a keen fan of kiwi for glowing skin or avocado for your hair. Plant-based foods can also boost your immune system, and help you overcome your illnesses more quickly. Look for fruits or vegetables rich in vitamin C to combat colds, like sweet potato. A spicy curry with Cayenne might be ideal for helping to relieve all the mucus from your chesty cough. If you have a runny nose or phlegm, up your intake of water a little to thin it, and replace lost fluids.

Exercise (gently)

Getting out for some fresh air and light walking can help your body combat your illness. If you have a fever, this might not be a good idea, though! A gentle walk around the park and some select choices of Yoga poses can help you overcome the symptoms of your illness. If you have something highly contagious like gastro or flu, avoid public places. Moving the body and breathing fresh air more deeply can help energize your body and boost your circulation.

Sleep Normally

Getting extra sleep might not be as beneficial as you hoped. However, getting quality sleep at the right time of day can be enormously helpful. The deepest part of the sleep cycle is thought to help the body heal and repair itself. This means getting the hours of sleep you need without interruption could help you overcome your illness more quickly. Don’t let yourself get too warm, and try to wake naturally at your normal time.


When you limit the activities you do because you’re ill, your poor mind will suffer from a lack of stimulation. This can make sleeping harder to do! Try to engage in as many different things as possible. Watch a little TV, read a book, catch up with the news, try a puzzle, and listen to some music. Beat the boredom to get back on track as quickly as you can. Get well soon!

30 thoughts on “5 Easy Strategies To Coping When You Are Ill”

  1. Good post. This is OK when you’re young, but when you are older, over 65 and fall a lot, I still found one thing I can definitely do. When one of my helpers comes, I can tell her I want to go outside for a walk. (I use a rollator) and I can breath deeply. I have COPD and that will help. Thank you.

  2. Great tips, Christy; here’s one more: when I feel a cold coming on, I reach for extra vitamin C. There are supplements you can use for this like emergen-C, but I prefer a glass of orange juice. It boosts your immunity to help you resist getting sick and get better sooner, as well as offering hydration and helping to break through the phlegm.

  3. I know when I’m sick the last thing I want to do is move . I’ve learned through my children’s illnesses that the illness will go away faster if I keep moving. This is especially true with mucus it quickly becomes pneumonia if it settles into your chest .

  4. I am one of those who hate having pills, but feel sometimes something forcing me to have it to support my system immune. But as you said, we can find some vitamins in food to boost our body or else having fruit and vegetables help us to avoid diseases. Thanks for sharing a lovely like this, dear!😊

    1. Yes, those really big pills especially that are tough to swallow are nasty! I’d much prefer to up my Vitamin C levels naturally with oranges and the like. Thanks for your feedback :)

  5. exercising when you are ill makes body heated and blood flow fast . In fever ; cold or any disease it is said that one should have as much great as possible .
    So I think that exercises while illness is not fit .
    But please tell me if I am wrong.

  6. I have trouble of horrible migraines at least once a week. I stock up on aspirin more than anything because migraines are the worst. Knocks me out for an entire day if I don’t have any pills. Hate them hate them hate them.

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