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How to Take Care of Yourself When You're Sick

Oh, the misery! Your head is pounding, your whole body aches, and there's nobody—nobody—around to pamper you. You'll just have to pamper yourself.


  • Step 1: Get lots of rest Get lots of rest. Don't try to work out, and make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night.
  • TIP: Don't worsen your situation—and get others sick—by going out or going to work.
  • Step 2: Take Vitamin C Take in lots of vitamin C with supplements or through fluids like orange juice.
  • Step 3: Eat dark chocolate Eat a little dark chocolate for its antioxidant qualities.
  • Step 4: Use humidifier If you have a cough, put a humidifier near your bed, or wherever you're resting, to help you breath easier.
  • Step 5: Drink warm fluids Take in warm fluids like soups and teas.
  • Step 6: Keep yourself hydrated Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and an occasional electrolyte drink.
  • Step 7: Avoid dairy products Avoid dairy products, which can uncomfortably coat the throat and mouth, as well as cause an upset stomach.
  • Step 8: Rest Rest, rest, rest.
  • TIP: If you still feel lousy, try some over-the-counter medication—like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or cough syrup—to alleviate some of your symptoms. They won't cure you, but you'll feel better.
  • Step 9: Wait it out Wait it out. It likely will take a few days for your sickness to run its course. But if your symptoms persist—or worsen dramatically—see a doctor!
  • FACT: The number one way to prevent the spread of illness is by washing your hands.

You Will Need

  • A bed
  • Time to rest
  • Vitamin C
  • Some chocolate
  • Warm fluids
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • A humidifier
  • Some over-the-counter medication

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