Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to have a nice cozy sick day

 I decided to write this post because I seem to be coming down with a cold. I've got that foggy feeling in my brain, and a sore throat. I actually don't mind being sick. This is probably because I spend most of my time sick. I have a low immune system, and asthma and allergies. So I've had to learn to enjoy myself while feeling poorly or I'd spend all my time in a poor state of mind. I'm sick so often I have it down to a science people. Seriously, it may not be the best day ever, but it's not exactly horrible either. Of course, there are exceptions when your extremely, need a doctor type, sick, you're not going to have a good day, but if you're to sick for work or school, but not sick enough for a doctor, this is a pretty decent way to spend your day.

  • First of all you'll need a favorite blanket, it could be a cuddly throw you knit yourself, or bought (V.S. Pink usually has some cute ones), or whatever blanket you have that is the schnuggliest. You want to stay warm when your sick and it's better if your blanket makes you really happy. I have one that I use only when I'm sick, which I think makes it more special. 
  • You'll need your schnuggliest, coziest, cutest sweats or pajamas. Just because you're ill doesn't mean your loungewear can't be adorable, the better you look, the better you feel, and if you're feeling cute in your sweats, with your hair in a top knot or alice band, you'll feel better about yourself. And there is plenty of extremely comfortable adorable loungewear/pajamas out there. I recommend Gilly Hicks for that
  • Next you'll need a cute cup to drink water or ginger ale from. Staying hydrated is really important when your sick and it definitely helps if you're using a super cute tumbler cup. Mine is a polka dot one from Hallmark, but I really want to get one of the Elle and Blair ones from Glitzy Glam. I love the monogramming and they're really cute, especially the polka dot ones, and the stripey straws you can buy to go with them instead of the plain clear straw. 
  • I also have a special soup bowl, it's red and shaped like an over-sized mug and it says soup all the way around it. This isn't necessary, but you're favorite soup is, chicken soup is best but really whatever soup is your favorite will do. 
  • You're also going to need a good movie or a few of them. My personal sick day favorites are Breakfast at Tiffany's, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Easy A. Those are all movies I've seen so many times that I can watch them while drifting in and out of sleep and I don't feel like I've missed anything. 
  • I'm also really fond of having a candle burning, usually I can't smell it so I pick a cheap one that doesn't have much scent anyways so I don't feel like I'm wasting it, but still the burning candle makes me feel cozier.
  • Before you settle in you'll need to make sure you have your cup filled to the brim, and you have tissues (I prefer puffs plus lotion because a nose in need deserves puffs indeed), chapstick, lotion, hand sanitizer (bath and body works do the best ones), and a small trashcan or bag so you don't have to keep getting up to throw away your tissues.
  • Finally you'll need an activity, I like to knit, usually something that I don't need a pattern for. If you knit you know what I mean, there are things like a simple plan scarf you don't need a pattern for because you've done the stitches so many times your hands just seem to know what to do. I also like to read, and listen to music. You want an activity that you enjoy, but one that if you fall asleep doing it or need to leave as it is so you can go to sleep it won't be ruined.
  • Then you just need to snuggle into your favorite spot, whether it's a large arm chair, the sofa, or your own bed and you're set.
Obviously, I vary how I spend the day each time I'm sick, since I'm usually ill for at least a week, but this is mostly what I do. In the winter, if I'm feeling especially poorly I'll add in a cute schnuggly scarf and mittens, even sometimes a hat, and the pajama's of boots (UGGS), and unless it's summer or really hot outside, I bundle myself like that if I have to go to the doctor. The more frivolous you are with your routine, the happier you'll be. I also have a pillow pet, a pink unicorn that I schnuggle with on especially yucky days.