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Things to do When You Are Stuck at Home With a Cold

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by Delana Carbone (subscribe)
Published May 22nd 2012
Many of us are workaholics, don't deny it, we just enjoy the satisfaction of taking care of business. The most debilitating thing for people who like to keep busy is being stuck at home with a cold. In fact, many people who are lazy by nature still get stir crazy when confined by illness, so here's a few things to do to avoid that cabin fever. Turn that snottiness into smugness!

Read that book!
I'm sure most of us have a pile of these offenders, books we mean to read but never, 'have time for'. Well there's no excuse now and the worst thing it can do is send you to sleep, but the best is that it turns out to be as good or informative as you thought it would be. If you don't have a hard copy, then pop on to an Ebooks site and peruse and download to your heart's content. There are even free sites where you can vacillate from teaser to teaser which means you never really have to commit. And remember books don't mind if you don't read them all at once, they know how to wait.

Write Lists
Oh my god, how boring!' you say? Well let's examine the benefits. List lovers (I know you're out there) can just read along for the next part sagely nodding their heads in agreement. A list doesn't have to be mundane as a matter of fact one of the most famous forms of list is about as far from boring as you can get. A bucket list. Do you have one? If not you will be amazed at how empowering it is. List lovers know all the tricks of lists and their immediate and long term gratifications. One the tips to getting addicted to lists is the satisfaction of crossing things off. Write things that are easily achievable, as well as big dreams. You will create a sense of being a person that really get things done, as well as making your thoughts more real by putting them in words.

Online shopping
Contrary to this being a detrimental way to spend all last weeks pay, you can use your time of being weak as a kitten to get prepared. Buy your family and friends their Christmas or birthday presents. Maybe you'll need a list? Slowly accumulating presents all year round means you can buy from the sales and when the rush comes you can be the serene giver of good will or simply find yourself with a nice chunk of free time.

Cook, Bake
This is one for the slightly more mobile sickies. Get out the recipe books and do yourself a flavour. Cook or bake something you really want to eat. For those of you who have limited cupboard ingredients, look at what you do have and find a recipe that needs those things. Pretend you are on Master Chef in the mystery box challenge. If it turns out to be monstrous it will be a good chuckle and if it's delicious well, eat it all!

This one is great for those who are a little feverish or just too grumpy to get out of bed. This will definitely make you feel a bit better or send you into a deep, healing sleep. For those of you who cringed at the 'Hippiness' of that last statement, let's science it up for you. There are different stages of sleep and they are ranked by number, 1 being close to awake and 5 being as deep as you can go. Stage 4 and 5 sleep are when our immune systems heal the best and meditation creates the same brain function as deep sleep. My martial arts teacher once told me that his teacher told him a secret method to fighting the illness while meditating. Your glands swell because that is where white blood cells are produced and white blood cells are your warriors. So imagine your glands are Great White Shark hatcheries and send them out into your blood stream to seek and destroy the sluggish bacteria or virus. This works particularly well with little people, they really get into it.

Crack out the Camera
Most of us own a camera and a fair number of us enjoy to take a good shot, not to mention sharing it with others. This is great time to brush up on your amateur photography skills or for those who are more advanced, to try out a new technique. Get rugged up - coat, scarf, hat, check. Trawl around the inside of your home snapping great accidental compositions or create still life's to shoot. Put the camera on Macro setting and into the miniature comos of your lounge room and kitchen. For those of you wanting to win some points with partners, take a macro series on 'things I love about you' or some such and whip it into a Power Point presentation or slide show. This will probably get you chicken soup, a foot rub and control of the remote.

Research Traditional Medicine

Got your computer on? Like to self diagnose? Try researching some traditional methods and reading up on how they are supposed to work on your immune system. You will probably have some in your cupboards. Instead of packet cures try those from fresh produce, knowing exactly how they are working in your body can make you feel better just like positive thinking. You can use your new knowledge at the next dinner party talking about the benefits of the garlic in the lasagne or make yourself seem mysterious and interesting when in a club by discussing Romini gypsy hang over cures.

Cold? Miserable? Spent too long in the same sick bed? Some good advice is change your sheets, have a shower and travel somewhere tropical. Be amazed by the beauty of nature and let the pictures of pristine beaches and gently swaying palm trees lull you into a happy coma. Download or borrow more than one though because once you start it becomes addictive, especially for those who consider docos to be boring. You will be unprepared for the excitement and scintillation as a matter of fact, you might just get something to add to that bucket list.
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