Winter colds and illnesses have been rampant in my office and at my house so this post has been a long time coming. After I have been ill or injured, I can still feel really drained, tired and run down. I might have beaten the illness or injury, but it has left an impact. I want to get back to my old self as quickly as possible and refill my energy. Here are some of my quick tips on how to get back to being healthy after battling illness, injury or surgery.
Food and Drink
Eating the right food is one of the most important and best ways to feel better. I try to eat food that is rich in vitamins and minerals and avoiding unhealthy food whenever I finally beat that illness so it does not come back and so that I properly heal. This way, the body can build up energy reserves again, and it can use these nutrients to repair any damages that the illness has caused. This includes getting different types of fruit and vegetable each day and more if possible. Hydration is always front of mind but especially after an illness. I am always dehydrated through an illness and drinking lots of water will help to refill those energy levels. If you aren’t sure about how much water you should drink each day or what sort of food to eat, then there are lots of healthy eating apps, websites and books to help you feel much better after getting over your illness.
Exercising is one the best ways to refill my energy levels after being ill, but also in general. The more exercise, the better I will feel. I try not to go too hard after a cold or injury but just start small and get back into the routine. However, a little exercise can go a long way. If you have recently suffered from severe illness, injury or had any kind of surgery such as having your appendix removed or getting gummy bear implants, then you will want to consult your doctor regarding how much exercise you should be doing as you don’t want to tear stitches or do yourself any other damage. If you can, though, it will really help you to get back to your old self. You can follow a workout app (I subscribe to this one) or check out this book for inspiration and advice on the kinds of exercises that you should be doing. These resources can also be a great way to track your progress and keep on top of your exercise and get fit.
Get Some Help
To me this is the hardest thing for me to do when I sick. I think I can still push through and do everything. But, there is no shame in asking for help. If you are struggling in any way, then you should speak to someone about it. Being ill is hard and getting over an illness is just as difficult. Once you are finally well, it can be hard to know what to do with yourself. You probably don’t feel right and aren’t sure where to start with refilling your energy levels or regaining your old strength. This is where asking people can be helpful. You might ask friends or family for support and advice. They might be able to come on a run with you or prepare healthy foods to eat. If you have had a serious illness, then you may speak to your doctor, and they might be able to refer you to additional help. I also think you could lean on your local community. I know when my husband had a major surgery and was hospitalized for weeks, our church family (in addition to our extended family) was a great support to us and we could not have done his recovery without them.
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M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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