HOW TO PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU FEEL RUN DOWN
There’s not a single person I know who hasn’t just faced a bout of the common cold, snotty nose, painful sinus, headaches, not to mention that god awful cough … check check check. But whether it’s the annual winter cold or just a period of feeling totally worn out and run down, knowing how to pick yourself up is key.
So today I thought i’d share a few of my favourite pick me ups, in case you too are really feeling a little run down and in need of a good pick me up.
A FEW OF MY MOST LOVED ‘PICK ME UPS’
Theres no denying that my favourite way to pick myself up is by indulging in some home comforts. When I’m feeling run down or not that well, a blanket, hot water bottle & a good cup of tea snuggled on the sofa is a simple way to make myself feel a little better. Surrounding yourself with your favourite things and enjoying some down time is usually all you need to feel a little better and more relaxed. Taking the time out to enjoy some comforts is often hard, but even spending a day recovering can help a great deal.
Filling your body with healthy, nutritious and healing goodness is clearly another way to boost your body when you’re feeling run down. There’s no denying when you feel run down you want to turn to naughty treats and sugar, and within moderation some of this is needed, but also filling your body with healing foods is also a good idea. Lots of vegetables, immune boosting goodness like ginger, honey and garlic, as well as just well rounded meals that give you all the right vitamins and minerals. And don’t forget the obvious, lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Whether you advocate medicine or not, finding remedies that make you feel better, take away your symptoms or generally help you feel a little more energised is obviously key. When I suffer a sore throat, a home made honey, lemon and ginger tea does well to soothe my throat, when I have tummy ache peppermint & hot water bottles work well, when I suffer from migraines a chilled flannel on my forehead and herbal oils (like Albas Oil) help clear my head. Finding your own remedies and pick me ups is a good idea, so you always know how to help yourself when you’re feeling a bit worn down.
Fresh Air & Breath
When you’re ill or feeling run down getting out is the last thing on your mind, but sometimes it’s the best thing for you, picking yourself up and getting out into the fresh air, even if it’s just to sit in the garden and take a cup of tea, or perhaps a walk to the local shops. 10 minutes in the fresh air, breathing in clean, fresh air often does a world of wonders to how you feel.
Sweat It Out
It’s not always possible, but if you have enough energy to get active, building up a sweat and ridding yourself of all those germs & toxins is a great way to boost your wellness and help yourself feel a little more energised. Don’t go nuts, but a simple jog can be enough.
A bath can cure anything right. Run yourself a lovely bubble bath, crawl on in, and just soak up the warm goodness until you feel yourself again. It’s great to help your muscles relax and it’s even better for kicking any fever. It often can swipe all your energy, but I often find it’s worth it in the long run.
Take Time Out
We live such busy and demanding lives, when we feel run down more often than not we just push on through and try and fight reality. Been there, done that (in fact i’m doing it right now). But you know what, it doesn’t help. It only wipes you out even harder when you’re body finally tells you it needs a break. So when you start to feel something coming on, or when you find yourself getting run down, stop, breathe and take some time out. A few hours, a day, a weekend, a week. Whatever you need, take some time out and give yourself the chance to recover. You’ll only come back full of more energy and motivation.