Sorry I missed Make-Up Monday. My little sister fell ill with a horrible bug yesterday and I spent most of the evening clearing up her sick and taking care of her, so I didn’t get time to blog. Sorry!
So, it’s Tispy Tuesday and today I’m talking about Being Ill. What’s that I hear you cry? ‘Rosie, I don’t want any tips on being ill!’ Don’t you worry, friends. I’m not going to start telling you how to catch illnesses, that’d be insane. I’m just going to give you my top then tips that helped me stay sane when I was really ill for a couple of weeks.
1. Try to keep a vague routine. Even just the basics of going from one pair of pyjamas to another, keeping up basic skin care, eating at the right times of day… All this really helps to stop your body and mind from shutting down completely and it’ll make getting back into the swing of things a lot easier when you have to go back to work.
2. Keep yourself busy. This was hard for me because even slight movement could exhaust me, but try and get bits and bobs of work done. I aimed to do one piece of drama school preparation a day, even if it was just typing out a monologue or reading a play, just so that when I stopped being ill, the backlog of ‘stuff to do’ wasn’t too monsterous.
3. One word… Disney! Yup, no sick week would be complete without the magic of Walt Disney warming our hearts. With pretty much every classic on Sky On Demand right now, it was so easy to just watch any Disney film and feel like a little kid nice and uplifted.
4. Call NHS Hotline. Dragging your ass to the Doctors feels like such a huge chore when you’re this ill and to be honest, they’ll just tell you what you already probably know. The best thing is to call the NHS hotline on 111 and explain your symptoms to them and they’ll give you the best advice. I explained the new medication, my symptoms and they told me the dos and don’ts. For example, lately Doctors have stopped advising to wrap up warm to sweat out a fever, as well as using fans or cold towels to cool you down. I got a full half an hour on the phone to them with plenty of time to hear questions and ask questions I had, which is more than I’d get with a GP for these symptoms. They also tell you if you need to go to a Doctor, so you know that whatever they say, they’re saying as medical professionals.
5. Home Made Lemsip. I was drinking Lemsip like it was going out of fashion. My dad has a recipe that involves lemsip, hot water, honey and a cap full of whiskey. It’s so good and seriously helps, I’d definitely recommend trying this combination. However, I ran out eventually when I was home alone. So, I replaced the Lemsip with soluble paracetamol and lemon juice and it was just as good and had the same effect.
6. YouTube and Blogs. I loved watching the SacconeJoly classic vlogs, seeing them before both kids and keeping up with them now, they’re such an amazing family. I also did a lot of general YouTube watching because I’m starting my channel mid-October and wanted to get video inspiration and made all my lists of what videos I wanted to try. I also loved reading all the blogs that you guys have released over the last couple of weeks, you’re forever making me add to my ‘products I have to try’ list.
7. Sims! Ok, I don’t have Sims 4 yet, but I was quite content with spending a good few hours some days sat on my laptop creating funny little families on Sims 3. I even got to the point of illness where I made myself, just so I could look at me and pretend I wasn’t actually ill. That was at the start when I was still in shock about the severity of the side effects.
8. Retail Therapy. I spent a lot of time hunting the interweb for some bargains and also spent a lot of time drooling over products I’ve wanted for ages, then giving in and buying them. I ended up having Lush and Body Shop splurges and I also ordered the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm as well as a Tanya Burr Nail Varnish and two of her lip glosses as well. I might have also spent a lot of time with my new colouring book and pencils that I purchased a couple of days before I got ill.
9. Keep Tidy. It’s so easy with all the tissues flying around, endless mugs and the array of appliance leads and chargers to end up sitting in a bit of an untidy room, but make sure you have a clear up once a day at least. Tidy room means tidy mind.
10. Layer it up. With going from hot to cold, layer everything. I wore cycling shorts under PJ bottoms, then a crop top under a loose vest under a cardigan/hoody then I had 3 thin blankets on standby. So, no matter what temperature I got to, I could get comfy appropriately.
So there are my tips for being ill. I hope you enjoyed this Tipsy Tuesday and I’ll be back tomorrow with a Well-Being Wednesday.
‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men’