Whether you’re sick, hungover, or just stayed up way too late finishing a paper (or binge watching Netflix), you’ve probably had one of those days. When I’m tired or sick I tend to completely shut down. I’ve been known to cancel plans, skip class, and stay in bed all day long just because I’m exhausted. In the real world, you can’t just skip out on work whenever you don’t feel your best, (sigh.) so you’ve gotta figure out a way to make yourself a bit more functional on those crappy days. Here’s what keeps me going when all I want to do is hide under the covers:
Drink a ton of water. And then drink even more water.
This is the best and most natural way to sort of “cleanse” your system. If a good dose of caffeine works for you, then by all means, have that too. Caffeine tends to just make me feel much worse after a couple hours, so I stick to water when I feel really bad so that I don’t have a crash when the caffeine wears off. After I’ve gulped a couple glasses of water I’ll let myself have a nice, soothing cup of tea, but even then I’ll typically stick to decaf or herbal tea.
Carry snacks. If I don’t keep snacks in my bag at all times I can go from feeling totally fine one minute to feeling like I’m going to keel over and die any second. Some people get hangry; I just get lethargic and, well…really pathetic. Keep your energy levels steady throughout the day by keeping healthy snacks on hand. I like high protein snacks like almonds, a granola bar, or a piece of low-fat cheese (or full-fat cheese, who am I kidding?) because they stay in your system for longer and you won’t come crashing down from a sugar high.
Keep in Touch.
This may sound a little silly, but when I feel sick I find that it really helps to reach out to someone and chat. Usually, I’ll text my mom, and talking to her will take my mind off of how awful I feel and make me feel a little better. If I’m at work, I’ll sneakily instant message my boyfriend in the background of whatever I’m working on. Don’t tell anyone I said that.
Wear comfy clothes.
I mean, duh. If you’re headed to work, choose pants over a skirt and wear your most comfy flats. When your legs are curled comfortably beneath you without fear of flashing your undies to the whole office, you’ll thank me.
Remember that tomorrow is a new day. You might feel like death all day today, but at least there’s a chance that you’ll feel relatively human tomorrow. Don’t give up hope!