Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Why being ill isn't the end of the world

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to offend anyone. When I talk about being ill in this context, I mean smaller illnesses such as the flu or just feeling a bit poorly. I am very well aware that there are illnesses that aren't suitable for a post like this, so please don't think I am talking about being severely ill.

We all know the feeling of waking up one morning, feeling pretty awful (and often looking that part too). These days are best spent at home in bed with lots of tea, lots of Netflix and lots of comforting food. Even though being ill is never nice, a day off can sometimes be relaxing and you come out of it feeling even better than before. I am ill at the moment, so I had plenty of time to contemplate the good things about it:

1) You get to sleep
Everyone has such a busy schedule during the week that we often lack one of the most important things: sleep. So when you catch a cold and are bound to your bed, at least you get to catch up with all that lost sleep. After all sleep is supposed to be the best medicine (after laughing of course).

2) You can spend a whole day watching TV/being on the computer without anyone complaining
Let's be honest, when you are lying there with an awful headache, the last thing you want to do is do the work you know you are missing. You feel tired and can't concentrate so the only possible entertainment is watching Netflix, TV or youtube. Doesn't sound too bad does it?

3) People are so much nicer
My family always turns so much nicer when I am ill ;) Human instinct appears to be helping a person in need, and even if we aren't that much 'in need' , it's enough to get someone to bring you a cup of tea and some sweets. Room service for free.

4) Lots of tea and comfort food
Here in the UK we have a slight obsession with tea, so being ill is the perfect 'excuse' to drink 5 litres of it. Seriously, I am not lying when I say I've had seven cups today....  Also tea warms you up and helps with a sore throat or a cold. In addition you can have whatever food you want with your tea, an ill day is a perfect cheat day where you just eat whatever feels right. Don't lie, we all do it. And it's great!

5) You appreciate being healthy more
Now this one is quite deep, but how would we appreciate the good things in live without the bad ones? Being ill makes you realise how good it feels to not be ill. I think we need a little reminder every now and then of how great it is to be healthy!

6) Bubble baths
Bubble baths make everything better and on a day where you feel quite poorly they work miracles. Just sink into the hot water and read that book you have wanted to read for ages (mine is Divergent) - you'll almost be able to feel the illness leaving your body.

7) Look like a hot mess
No one will judge you for the way you look when you are ill. Messy hair? Oh well. Red face? Not that bad. Sweatpants and a hoodie? No worries. You have an excuse to look the way you do, after all you are ill ;)

8) Just don't worry
We worry so much all the time. Just relax. One day off isn't going to make you fail your exams and the world isn't going to go into breakdown if you don't turn up somewhere. Give your body the time it needs to heal - worrying about it will only make it worse.

I know that lost of people (me included) have the flu right now, so if you are lying ill in bed and thinking I've gone nuts to say being ill has it's positives sides - I completely understand. Still I hope this brought a smile to your face and you feel better very soon!
I love you lots, leave me a comment telling me one good thing about being ill :)

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  1. Love this post, it's so true. Being ill for a day or two really isn't that bad at all, it can be nice to catch up on sleep and just relax for a day or two!

    Emma Alyson x

    1. Haha yeah, i literally just sleep the day through :) xx

  2. I was sick recently and I totally agree with the whole appreciating being healthy more!
    I 100% am still loving being healthy again. Throwing up isn't nice lol
    Awesome blog post :) new follower here!
    Jamie xox Reaping Beauty

    1. Awh i hope ure better!! Thanks so much for the comment xxx

  3. I hate being ill. I'm one of those super ill/plague kind of ill people. But this has definitely made me feel better. I love having my mum look after me, makes me appreciate her loads more hehe x


    1. Yeah being ill sucks! But I'm glad this helped you a bit :) Hope you are okay! xx