If you’ve ever been unwell, the chances are you will have felt some pressure from work or family to get back on your feet again quickly. In an increasingly fast paced world, we often give priority to our career, or put others needs before our own. But up until fairly recently, we would have taken time to convalesce and rebuild our strength before returning to normal life. The word ‘convalescence’ comes from the latin ‘convalescere’, which means ‘to grow fully strong’. It’s the time we notice between being unwell and feeling completely well again, and we knew that the process would take time and effort. Convalescent Homes or Sanitariums were often by the sea or in the countryside, allowing patients to breathe fresh air, or swim whilst they were recuperating. During your stay you could have expected plenty of rest, nourishing food, and gentle exercise as well as all the care you needed. Sadly those days are now long gone, and our hospital beds are in such high demand that we’re usually discharged long before we’re ready As a result, it’s quite common for us to return to hospital within 30 days of discharge, and chronic health conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are on the rise. The onus is back on us to make sure we convalesce properly, and although it may require some investment in time and money, it’s considerably cheaper than long term sick leave! Ideally we want to try and recreate the Sanitorium at home, so here are a few ideas for how to recover from illness fast.
- Firstly, remember that any illness is a message to step up the self care. You may need to invest some time and money in the short term in order to get the support you need. As well as help around the house, that could include massages, counselling, good books, or meal deliveries. Even simple treats like long baths or foot baths can be very nurturing.
- Speak to your employer. You don’t need additional stress about returning to work, so depending on your situation, they may prefer that you take a short period of sick leave now compared to a longer time later on. They may be able to help you with reasonable adjustments or a phased return to work, and by talking to them you’re more likely to find a solution that works for everyone.
- Rest. If friends and family can’t help you around the house, consider hiring someone to help you for a while. Short bursts of restorative exercise like yoga, or a gentle stroll are fine.
- Sleep.Sleep puts your body into ‘repair mode’ and Growth Hormone which regulates much of the repairing is at its most active between 10pm and 2am. It’s fine to take short naps during the day or get to bed early whilst you’re recovering. If you struggle with sleeping, get in touch with me to talk about a herbal sleep mix.
- Eat well. Food is medicine and it’s important to make sure you’re well nourished. Broths made from raw bones used as a base for soups are really nourishing and easy to make in a slow cooker. Do your shopping online if you’re too tired to go out.
- Take supplements. Speak to a nutritional therapist for a personalised assessment, but as a basic regime, start with a high quality multivitamin mineral, a probiotic, and a potent antioxidant complex.
- Take herbs. They’re ‘intelligent medicines’ and they know exactly how to help you back on your feet again.
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