There’s nothing that can make you feel queasy on a day when you’re already battling a head cold or the flu like calling up your boss and telling them that you need to spend the day in bed.
Even if your head is spinning and your throat feels like it’s filled with lightly flaming sandpaper, it can still feel a little too indulgent to opt out of heading into the office and instead spend the day resting under your blankets.
However, if you’re really feeling under the weather, that’s the best thing for you to do. Resting up and looking after yourself is the faster way to get back on your feet. Plus, you really don’t want to get the rest of the office sick.
If you need help on how to best look after yourself on a sick day, we have you covered. Here’s how five women from the Mamamia office practise self-care while home sick from work.
“After I have had to make the dreaded, stomach-turning call to my boss that I won’t be in because I’ve come down with the flu I run a warm bath. Then I throw in a bath bomb and light a candle so I can soak in there while I watch something on my laptop.
“Something else I do is make myself a soup, if there isn’t one in the freezer. Chicken and noodle soup is super quick and easy to make. It will always make you feel better!
“I also make sure I drink plenty of water to flush the germs out (something my mum always told me to do when I am sick). Other than those three tips, just make sure you get lots of rest and don’t check your emails!”
"No matter how comfy and warm my bed may be, I force myself out of it and into a hot shower as soon as I wake up - there's something restorative about steam and clean hair, I reckon.
"Then it's my daggiest trackies, the couch, a B-grade television series (mostly likely something I've already seen) and herbal tea. Lots of herbal tea.
"If I'm feeling especially sorry for myself, I'll call my mum for a dose of sympathy. Even as a 29-year-old, it still makes me feel better. And maybe, if I'm lucky, she'll bring me soup."