It seems that winter fun and holiday cheer is closely followed by sniffles and the seasonal cold. So when the inevitable bug hits you this year, instead of checking out completely follow our advice and soon you will be back to playing in the snow in no time.
The number one thing you can do when you are feeling sick is to get some shut eye. Sleep is key in feeling better quickly and getting back to your everyday routine. But even after taking a few days off for some much needed rest and relaxation, you are still feeling under the weather.
So how do you muster up the courage to take on the world even when you feel down in the dumps? Well here are a few helpful things you can do to help make your day that much easier (or at least bearable):
Soak, Shower, Steam
After a few days of continuous sleep, your eyes will be tired and heavy, so waking them up is the necessary first step. A great option is running two tea bags (green tea is best) under cold water and placing them over your eyes for 10 minutes. This will be refreshing and reduce those awful under eye bags, for the caffeine in the tea bags will energize your eyes, which helps to reduce dark circles. If you do not have tea bags, a cold washcloth works too.
Once your eyes are awake, a shower is a refreshing start to anyone’s day. Taking a shower first thing when you wake up will rejuvenate the rest of your body and may trick your mind into thinking it is just another normal day. But be sure to turn up the heat and let the steam roll in. The steam in your shower will help to clear your sinuses and get air back into your deprived lungs. For some extra time on the pillow, skip washing your hair and bust out the dry shampoo instead. Then go for an easy up-do hairstyle, such as a messy bun or slicked back, chic pony. Adding some earrings and headband will make it look like you put time and effort into your appearance when you actually received those precious extra few minutes of sleep.
Stay Hydrated—Inside and Out
Water is an absolute necessity during and after your illness, meaning you should drink more than usual. Our bodies are predominantly made up by water, making it incredibly important for every system in our bodies. When your body is trying to fight off a virus it needs all the power it can get. While you are sick you are most likely losing water in one of many forms: sweating, coughing, vomiting or sneezing. Not to mention, your appetite may be decreased and therefore less water is entering the body. When your body is lacking water, it becomes dehydrated, only causing your body to be weaker than it already is and making it that much more difficult to fight off a nasty infection. So in other words, water is KEY!
Along with your insides, hydration is significant to your outer body as well. Cold medicine, the constant nose blowing friction and staying cooped up inside, is sure to lead to dry and flaky skin. Be sure to apply plenty of moisturizer to your face, especially around the nose, eyes and forehead as those are places that suffer most during your sickness.
Where There is Tea, There is Hope
With water being so important; what better way to get your fill than with a hot cup of tea. Not only will this help with hydration, this relaxing drink also works its magic on many symptoms you may be experiencing. There are many forms of tea that can be utilized for your personal situation. Herbal tea is the holy grail of teas. A warm cup of herbal tea is great for many symptoms, whether it be the stomach flu or the common cold. Ginger tea eases symptoms of nausea, while chamomile tea aids an upset stomach and helps put you to sleep. Peppermint tea works wonders for the sick and dry mouth and soothes a sore throat. Adding lemon to tea incorporates vitamin C and builds the immune system back up to fight off the virus. So, though water is the best thing to drink when fighting a virus, tea is also a necessity.
A Little Lipstick Never Hurt
Just because you feel awful, does not mean you have to look it. Adding a small amount of makeup can have people guessing if you were ever even sick. Go about your foundation routine as you would normally, for the main support comes in when you add concealer. Work in a high pigmented yellow base concealer for the redness around your eyes, and a salmon shade to counteract the dark bags inhabiting your under eye. If you are feeling a little Edward Cullen pale, pull out the bronzer and add some shade to your colorless, sick skin. Be sure to apply it to your cheekbones and forehead. If you choose to wear eyeshadow, steer clear of anything too vibrant or colorful as this can cause your eyes to look more irritated or tired. Your best bet lies in more muted shades. Waterproof mascara is essential as your watery eyes are sure to strike you at the worst possible moment. Lastly, a light subtle lip-gloss is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your finished face. Along with the needed color, it adds moisture to your dry lips.
Growing up faking sick was in our genes. Unfortunately, with age we are now forced to fake being healthy. Utilize these tips to feel and look your best on those days when you are forced to get back into reality. Although you will be feeling under theweather, you will still look fabulous!