But when you're a 20-something city dweller living several states away from your family? It can be a little trickier - especially when it suddenly sets in and you don't have time to prepare.
That happened to me this weekend. I felt fine on Friday, fine on Saturday, and then a little nauseous on Saturday evening, but not terrible. I played a couple games of Resistance with my roommates (highly recommend) but by the time one of their friends came over to join us, I felt quite unwell. I excused myself, went to bed, and promptly ran to the bathroom, to spend the next 1.5 hours suffering. I finally went to sleep for an hour, woke to loudly throw up, and eventually returned to bed, where I would spend the next 13+ hours sleeping fitfully.
Unpleasant, but simple enough. But what do you do when you finally wake up? You'll need flu-appropriate foods to replenish your energy, but few delivery places offer plain toast, applesauce, and ginger ale. You'll want comfort and warmth, but there's no one to cuddle you.
Here are my hacks to surviving a sick day on your own!
1) If you're in a big city, check out Instacart.
While it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to keep the house stocked with B.R.A.T. (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast - the flu diet) for emergencies at all times, most of us probably don't. I don't.
If you're too weak to go grocery shopping, Instacart can be a huge lifesaver. They even deliver from Whole Foods and Costco! I used them and they brought me enough ginger ale to avoid dehydration, so score.
2) A heating cushion.
I have a heart-shaped, rice-filled cushion that my grandmother made for me and, when I'm feeling unwell, heating it up for 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave and putting it under my lower back while I lie in bed is really comforting. It may not quite be the same as a warm, cozy hug, but it's definitely better than nothing!
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If you don't have an awesome one from your grandmother, try making one your self (just sew a little cushion and fill it with rice before closing it) or check out Etsy!
3) Accept that you're sick.
I'm normally someone who really enjoys doing all the things and all at once, but the flu really knocked me over and I couldn't do anything. That ended up being a good thing!
I slept all day and all night (don't even ask how that's possible, I have no idea) and woke up on Monday feeling almost all better! By accepting that you're sick and that you aren't going to be able to do anything but lie in bed and sleep, you'll let your body recover faster.
During the brief intervals that you are awake, use Netflix to catch up on Game of Thrones or watch some cheesy romantic comedies to pass the time and make you laugh.
Well...there might not be as much laughter if you choose Game of Thrones. But those sets? Beautiful.
What are your sick day hacks?