It is a fantastic feeling to finally recover from an illness which has sidelined you for a while, but, unfortunately, you cannot spring right back into action. Illness can take its toll and especially when it has lasted a long time, so although you will be raring to get your life back on track, you may suffer from exhaustion and find that your general physical and perhaps mental health has deteriorated. This will come back with time, but here are a few ways that you can speed up the process so that you can start leading your normal day to day life once again.
Illnesses can leave you dehydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to rehydrate and flush out toxins. It is said that you should drink around 3 liters of water a day, so make sure you are drinking at least this amount whilst recovering and steer clear of anything that could dehydrate you, such as alcohol, sugary drinks or coffee.
So-called “superfoods” can do a world of good when you are on the mend as they are rich in vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants to give you plenty of energy. Fresh fruit and vegetables are helpful for boosting your immune system and fighting off secondary infections, so stock up on plenty of these. It is worth noting that if you have suffered from a stomach or intestinal illness, it is best to stick to food which is easy to digest, such as toast, bananas or rice.
Jumping right back into your exercise regime is not a great idea, although this is what you will want to do. However, moderate exercise is important after an illness because it will release endorphins that will speed up your recovery. Always listen to your body and gradually increase the level of exercise until you get to your usual level.
Just because you are feeling better does not mean that the bacteria or virus has completely gone. It is for this reason why you must always finish a prescription even if you feel much, much better. If it has been a serious illness, it is worth following up with your doctor to see if you need a repeat prescription or if there is any other medicine that you could be taking to boost your recovery. Pharmacy automation is being used in many pharmacies today which can make visiting much quicker, easier and straightforward than before.
Although it may feel like all you have done is rest, your body will need to recharge after fighting off the illness so be sure to take it easy until your energy levels rise. Get plenty of sleep but try to maintain a regular sleeping pattern so that you do not suffer when you return to work.
Long illnesses can have a huge impact on your physical and mental wellbeing, so it is important that you look after yourself when you are on the mend and ease your way back into your daily life.