How to Spend Your Sick-Day

What do you know, after being away for a week, I happened to catch some nasty virus on the flight home, which only worsened when I was surrounded by equally ill colleagues a few days later.

Let me tell you people, your immune system is extremely vulnerable when you are travelling. I’ve learned that the hard way too many times, and since then have never left home without a stash of vitamins and medications for any possible situation. Somehow, I didn’t realize I needed to keep fighting the germs flying around when I got back home as well.

And that’s how I ended up here. In bed on a Monday (instead of working), living off of lemon water, honey, and enough medication that it covers the entirety of my bedside table. As I lay in bed, home alone whilst my loved ones are all at work, I started pondering on what can I do that will be productive, fun (somewhat), and won’t take too much energy – as a sicko, I don’t have much energy to begin with, it’s a miracle I can get out of bed at all.


Whether you just came back from a trip, or have been home for the past 6 years of your life, I am sure you have at least some amount of laundry to take care of. It doesn’t take up too much effort or energy, and once it’s done it’s something you won’t have to worry about when you’re healthy and back to your daily routine. I’m not telling you to go and start hand washing and scrubbing heavily stained clothing. We’re talking “throw it in the machine and press a button” laundry. Easy-peasy, and before you know it, you’ve got clean clothes!

Shuffle Papers

That might sound silly, but you can literally make your life/office/desk tidier from the comfort of an armchair. As a student whose school year recently came to an end, my desk is currently covered in notebooks, scrap pieces of paper, and just a semester worth of notes and documents. What better time to clean up that area than now? By the end of my sick day, I intend to have an empty desk, and a full recycling bin. Never mind papers, you could even do the same with your closet – set aside all the clothes you don’t need/want to keep and once you’re back on your feet, take them to your charity of choice to donate.

Write a Blog

Teehee, see what I did there? As soon as I had the energy to open my eyes, I took one look at my drafts (there’s almost 30 of them), and then how long ago my last post was (22 days ago, to be exact) and realized there’s no better day than today to play catch up and actually finalize and schedule some of those posts. And on that note – you can expect A LOT more newness on the blog in weeks to come!

These ideas, of course, are in addition to taking care of yourself. Drink lots of tea with lemon and honey, take your vitamins, medications, cough syrups, go to a doctor if need be.

Do you have your own ways to spend the day when you’re stuck on bedrest?


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