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Monday, December 13, 2010

Feeling a lot under the weather? Check.

There's nothing quite like starting out the week with a spontaneous, out-of-nowhere cold - and losing your voice. Awesome. My first official sick leave day of winter.  If you're feeling blah and about as jolly as the Grinch like I was earlier today, here are some easy ways to rest and recoop. After all, we can't stay home from work forever . . .

-Drink lots and lots of fluids. For me, that meant OJ, water, hot tea, more water, plus my mom's ho cho recipe [Heat up milk, add 1 heaping spoonful of Hershey's dark cocoa and some organic honey,  sprinkle in some cinnamon and nutmeg, stir, and enjoy].

-Fluff those down pillows, pull up the covers, and take a loooong nap. Wake up only to roll over. Then proceed with lovely dreaming.

-Read some of that book you've been meaning to but before today didn't have the time. I pulled The Normandy Diary of Marie-Louise Osmont: 1940-1944 [translated by George L. Newman] out of my stacks of neglected books and got to reading.  Let me just say that Marie-Louise was a tough, kick-butt kind of lady: during the war, she was a widow who managed her household, helped out at the Red Cross, and worked in a nearby library. Oh, and kept her cool while enemy troops took up residence in her ch√Ęteau. You know, everyday stuff. 

-Spend time praying. For family, friends, our nation, a pure heart, to hear God's voice. And if you're up for it, journal some of those prayers.  It's wonderful to be able to look back and see how God has been faithful and answered when we cry out to Him - whether His answer was the one we wanted or not, He's in control and will work all things out in for His glory.

-Tune in to some cheery holiday chick flicks.  ABC's 25 Days of Christmas is featuring lots of feel-good movies on TV.  Exhibit A: Christmas Cupid.

Because, really, who wouldn't want to sit back and watch the adorable Chad Michael Murray try to woo his way back into Christina Millian's life as the ghost of her dead, martini-drinking celeb client haunts her with ghosts of boyfriends past? Classic.

-If you're feeling a tad bit stir crazy, bundle up and go for a walk.  I don't know about you, but I always feel better once I get my heart rate up.  And since the wind factor outside has been ridiculously unbearable, that's when the treadmill in my apartment's gym comes to the rescue.

With these tips, you can get through any sick day. Bring it on, winter flu!

With love and chicken noodle soup,


[Images via: Inspired Occasions, ABC Family].


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