You know the feeling when your 1 day weekend turns into 3 days and you have all the time to do whatever, just as long as it doesn’t involve going outside or any kind of physical activity? And you feel like your head is exploding and nasty secretion is coming from your nose or blocking the way out? The last time I had a flu was winter 2014, when I was living alone in Helsinki. Now it hit me again, and with a force natural remedies cannot cure in the situation where one would just like to do just about anything but spend a long weekend undercovers watching endless amounts of Netflix (I had to get it eventually, just for this occasion). I was glad to get yesterday and today off work, since my eyes were so watery I basically looked like I was crying all the time, and even standing up was a bit of a struggle. Head filled with liquid is a heavy head indeed. Today I felt a bit better (6 day medicine tablets and 2 night tablets later), but just going to the market to buy groceries felt like a sporting effort.

Lessons learned these past few days:

  When sick, eat good food. You might not taste anything, so your if your food at least looks pretty, you might enjoy it more. Put chili to everything: it’s good for you and you can’t taste it. I made a smoothie the other day, with black pepper and turmeric among other immune boosting ingredients, that was actually rather delicious. It didn’t save me from getting sick, but I’d like to think it made some difference at least.

Get home delivery, if you’re too tired to cook. I craved lentil dahl yesterday so I made it since I had all the ingredients in hand, but today’s hopes for curry would definitely go online or via phone.

When you can’t do anything, embrace it. Watery eyes might prevent you from reading, but you can soak in the bath. Or if you don’t have a bath, steam breathe. Or stare at candles. I definitely struggle with just being. Feels like such a waste of time, all this nothingness and piles of tissue paper. What a waste.

I have been extremely frustrated for not being able to do my more or less ‘boring’ everyday stuff like yoga and work, so now I will definitely appreciate them more once I get back on track. When getting sick, I also encourage you to go to a pharmacy to buy proper drugs that someone recommends, and not just crawling to the cornerstore and buying whatever they’ve got. That’ll save you money and shorten your misery.