Day 11: 5 Ways to Pass the Time When You Feel Like You're Dying

9:51 PM

I have chills and fever, my ears are plugged up, and I haven't been able to breathe through my nose for the past 72 hours. On the bright side, I sound like Batman right now, so I guess it's a fair trade. 

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If you're anything like me, you will eventually get bored of a nonstop Netflix binge, and reading just isn't going to happen because it feels like your head is filled with evil styrofoam. (Why is styrofoam evil? Because it doesn't decompose for hundreds of years! You can't recycle it. You can only reuse it in its original form or set it on fire. One day when the human race self-destructs, it'll be styrofoam and the cockroaches!)

But until the styrofoam rises up to claim our planet, we still have to cope with feeling like shit and not losing our minds when we're stuck at home with tissues jammed up our noses. Since it's impossible to sleep when you can't breathe out of your nose, here's a lost of five ways I distract myself from my impending death whatever icky bug has turned me into a whiny baby.
1.) Hide in a blanket fort and color. I don't care if it's "immature." Look at the countless adult coloring books sold on Amazon. I'm not the only one, and it's wonderful for your hand-eye coordination. My formerly illegible handwriting is on its way to looking... pretty. 
2.) Bundle up in your coziest clothes and go outside for some fresh air. Sometimes a blast of brisk air is enough to make your nose run. It usually plugs back up the second you go back inside, but it's glorious while it lasts.
3.) Stay hydrated. I know, I know. Why is this on the list? It isn't fun. It isn't a novel idea. No, but the average American doesn't drink enough during the day, and most of us are even worse when we're sick. Our throats hurt, the only way we can breathe is through our mouths, blah, blah, blah. Just drink your damn water already.
4.) Write to someone. I don't mean e-mail. I mean get out the fancy stationary and physically write a letter to a friend or family member. No one takes time to do this anymore, so why not make use of a day off? 
5.) Write a bucket list. If you don't already have one, now's your chance to sit down and really think about what you would like to achieve in life. That trip to Paris you always wanted to take? Put it on the list. No matter how silly, just add it. I, for one, would like to have purple hair at some point before I die. 

What are your favorite ways to keep from getting bored when you're sick?


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  1. Great post, Ash. You made me laugh cos I've just spent the past few days with tissues jammed up my nose! Don't be ashamed of your colouring activities. I've signed up to Art Therapy and have turned into a colouring fiend. I'd give my six-year-old niece a run for her money any day! There's an upside to everything, even the dreaded lurgy :)

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    1. Thanks! :) It's like everyone in the world got sick at the same time. They ran out of cold medicine at my nearest pharmacy. Ran. Out. Of. Cold. Medicine. ...how?! Art Therapy sounds like a great idea! I'm glad coloring is helping.

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  2. Soak in a bath as hot as you can stand it. It elevates your blood temperature, creating a hostile environment for the pathogens in your body. Marco

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    1. In other words, boil myself like a lobster. Awesome! Considering I'm freezing right now, that sounds like the best idea ever. Thanks!

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