9 Sick-Day Indulgences That Actually Help You Get Better

9 Sick-Day Indulgences That Actually Help You Get Better

Feel so crappy that you finally broke down and took a sick day? Good for you! Now you've got to use that time wisely.

Here's what you need to do to feel better fast. (Don't worry. This is one to-do list you'll be happy to follow.)


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  • Push the Vitamin C

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    Believe the hype when it comes to C. 500 mg daily for the first few days you’re sick can rev your immune system. (Just don't overdo it -- too much can cause side-effects, like an upset stomach.)

  • Get some soup

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    Go ahead: treat yourself from takeout from the deli.(Or put your partner to work in the kitchen.) The ingredients in chicken soup can help break up mucus and speed infection out of your body. Plus, it tastes good. Add some hot sauce to help open your sinuses.

  • Indulge in a nap

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    Or two. Rest helps your body fight infection. Enough said.

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  • Take a deep breath

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    Of menthol, that is. When you apply a menthol rub to the outside edges of your nose, it can open up your nasal passages and make it easier to breathe.

  • Have a cup of tea

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    Tea with honey is just as effective as an OTC cough syrup. Plus, it’s crucial that you stay hydrated to help your body get rid of whatever’s ailing it.

  • Take a hot bath

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    A cup of Epsom salts and ½ cup of baking soda both contain sulfates, which help your body get rid of toxins. (So does warm bath water.) Add between 1-4 T of ginger to speed up the process.

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  • Catch up on your Netflix quue

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    That's right. Zoning out in front of the TV CAN be good for you, especially if you're watching reruns. Science says the familiar plotlines and characters in your fave shows actually have a restorative effect on your mood.

  • Get a massage

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    If you're contagious, feel like you're going to puke, or can barely stand the feel of your PJs rubbing against your skin, skip this suggestion. But if you're feeling tolerably "meh" and a massage therapist is aware of your sickness and willing to work on you, go for it. Massage can help an illness speed through your system in days rather than weeks.

  • Put in some quality time with your pet

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    Have a dog or cat? Invite him up on the couch with you today. Research shows that cuddling with your pet reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and can help relax you -- just what the doctor ordered.

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