Self-Care Guide: Stomach Bugs
A beautiful month full of family, friends, good food, fun parties, hopefully lots of rest, and frequently: Presents!
I love watching these "What I Got for Christmas" videos on Youtube. It's usually a bunch of very clean looking beauty gurus talking about products and gadgets they've received over the holidays. In case you are as nosy as I am, and were wondering about what I got for Christmas, I'll provide you a quick list:
Dear sweet Saint Nicholas brought me a stomach bug. Realistically, it probably wasn't that jolly old elf to infect my insides, but the many tiny humans I interact with on a daily basis.
Luckily, I was already home with my family when it hit. Which means I had the built in support of family to help take care of my puppy, run to the store for supplies, make me warm beverages, and all together make sure I wasn't dying (even though that's how it felt at times).
It struck me that, as someone who lives on her own, who considers herself to be a strong and independent woman, I am WOEFULLY unprepared for the rare occasions when I do get sick. This experience served as a wakeup call as to what I need to have on hand, just in case I can't make it to the kitchen, let alone the store.
Here are the top things I recommend having in supply, just in case you get sick, and don't have family around for support.
If you happened to spend the night sweating with a fever, and with your body rejecting everything you've consumed in the past 12 hours, you are at risk for dehydration.
Once you're beyond the worst of it, you're going to want to replenish your body, and revive your blood sugar, but probably should take it easy on what you ingest for the next day or so. You also won't feel like cooking, so here are some quick and easy foods to put in your belly.
*Medicine and Supplements
*I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, this is simply a list of things that have helped me when I was ill.*
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I've added most of the items above to my Retail Therapy Amazon Store, so you can find them quickly, and easily, and take action today. Add them to your cart so you aren't left high and dry when the unexpected happens.
Let me know in the comments:
Is there anything you would add to this list?
This is mostly specific to stomach bugs, so if you'd like to see an edition dedicated to the illness of your choice ( Strep throat, head cold, hangover, allergies, PMS, ETC. ) let me know!
Wishing you a lovely and healthy week,
Have you ever been so inspired by something that you can't help but spew everything about it all over everyone who crosses your path? Recently, for me, it's Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning.
I first heard about him on Elizabeth Dialto's podcast: Untame The Wild Soul Woman.
I recently traveled down to Maryland for a weekend, approximately a 5-6 hour drive, so I downloaded the audiobook.
This stuff is life-changing.
(and I don't use that phrase lightly.)
Initially, I was a little iffy about it. The readers voice, plus the material made it sound super cheesy at first listen, but, I stuck with it, because, hey, I have 5 hours to go, so why not give it a chance?
The book begins with Hal's background, detailing in gruesome specificity two major life catastrophes:
One physical, when he was hit head on by a drunk driver; and the other financial, during the 2008 recession.
He tells the stories of how he was able to rebound himself from rockbottom, not once, but TWICE.
I believe I said "whoa" out loud.
Utilizing the top personal growth strategies of the highest performing individuals in the world, he combines them in a method he calls the Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
These are all things we know about: Meditation, affirmation, visualization, exercise, reading, and journaling. These are things we all know about, but for some reason don't do. What sold me on this method is the fact that it's bite-sized. You can do as much or as little of each as you want. All it takes is waking up just a little bit earlier, where the worst case scenario is you get closer to your dream life.
I'm only a few days into it, and am doing MUCH less than recommended(baby steps), but I'm already seeing and feeling the results.
On the first day, I invented a new word.
On the second, a book idea arrived.
Today, I simply enjoyed a beautiful and leisurely morning snuggling with the puppy, journaling, and listening to a podcast. I proceeded throughout the day with ALL of the inspiration and energy.
Like I said at the beginning, I've been spewing this gold all over the place. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can purchase it in the Retail Therapy section of my website, or at Halelrod.com
Sign up for his 30 Day Transformation Challenge and you'll get a collection of bonuses that are perfect for getting you started, AND for diving deeper into the work itself.
Let me know how it goes!
Hope you enjoy.
All my love,