Sick Day

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I used to be one of those people who never got sick. Now it seems like I get sick every few months… What’s going on body? Are you starting to fail me already?

Yesterday I was at work feeling miserable and going through boxes of tissues, then I finally decided to ask my boss if I could take a half day and go home early. She said yes of course, because she’s a reasonable human being, and off I went. I don’t know why, but I feel so guilty when I take a sick day. I think I’ve taken less than 6 sick days in the entire 3 years that I’ve been at my job (and 2 of those happened when I hurt my eye and actually couldn’t see for a bit). At some point, I got it in my head that you had to be near death to use a sick day, which makes no sense. My job is not that important and everything will be fine if I’m not at work for a day or two.

So I’m tucked under the covers, writing this post and trying to push away those feelings of guilt. I thought I’d share my sick day essentials, which include:

– a good book. That’s one plus about being home- having more time to read! I’m currently reading A Paris Apartment which is proving to be a good escape novel so far.

a cozy blanket, because when I’m sick, I’m curled up in bed.

kleenex. And yes, I need the multi-pack set because you don’t even want to know how many boxes I’ve gone through in the last few days.

pajamas. All I want right now is to be cozy and comfortable.

– a lot of tea. Recently, I’ve been averaging approximately three cups a day. Once I feel better, I’ll definitely need to restock my stash (the Paris tea from Harney & Sons is one of my favorites). I like to drink my tea from big mugs and this literary mug is pretty cute.

Netflix. Sometimes being sick turns my brain to mush and I can’t even concentrate on a book, which is when I log on to Netflix and look for something light and easy to watch (image via).

Tell me: What are your sick day essentials?


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  1. says

    Aww hope you feel better soon! Just keep up the fluids with those big mugs!

    And is it bad that I know I’m gonna love a book from its cover? I’m sure there’s a saying about that!

    Saskia /

    • says

      Thank you Saskia! I drank plenty of fluids and I am feeling better now. And I will certainly admit that the cover drew me in for the book above (and the word ‘Paris’ :)

  2. SHE Jenmarie says

    Oh no! I hope you feel better! Do you take vitamins? Vitamin D3 is super essential and ever since taking that I get sick a lot less often. I go through tons of boxes of tissues too. I like the get the lotion infused tissues which really help with redness and your nose from getting raw.

    • says

      Thanks Jenmarie, I’m feeling better now :) And I did end up getting the lotion-infused tissues. My poor nose was so raw. I don’t take vitamins but I need to look into that!

  3. says

    I love that you posted about a sick day. Oy. I hate being sick (of course, who doesn’t?) but, it’s always a drag to be indoors when you know you don’t want to be. Curling up in pajamas and a quilt blanket is my deal. Definitely drinks LOADS of tea as the usual hot beverage of choice (coffee) is not appealing. Netflix is a good idea too. Usually I like to have shows that don’t require much of my attention so its usually reruns of something…haha


    • says

      Thanks Nancy! You’re right- who does like being sick? I went through my entire tea stash in like four days, but happily I am now feeling better :) Yes, I definitely watch shows that are easy when I’m sick- nothing that will start my head swimming!

  4. Katherine says

    Hope you feel better soon! Nothing beats lying in bed under warm blankets sipping tea and reading a good book or listening to a good audio book or watching some movies ;)

  5. says

    Hope you feel better! Try Korean citron tea. It’s easy to make (just take a spoonful of it and put it in a mug of hot water) and tastes delicious. It has lots of vitamin C. When I’m sick, it’s all about watching movies, drinking tea, and snuggling under the covers!

  6. says

    So sorry you were down for the count, but I’m glad you’re feeling better (as per your latest post)! Sometimes R&R really is the best fix. (:

    P.S. Harney’s Paris blend totally made a tea convert out of me! I also love their green tea with thai flavorings, it has vanilla and coconut. So good.

    • says

      Thank you! Happy to be up and running again :) I haven’t tried their green tea with Thai flavor- I’ll look out for that one the next time I stop by their store!