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I don’t know of anyone who enjoys being ill especially if you’re a mother with young ones who need you. Other than making your body weak, sickness may interfere with your immune system making you susceptible to other conditions until recovery. Recovering quickly and regaining strength after illness and maintaining your health after sickness depends on your ability to manage stress, exercise and eat properly.
Below are tips on how to bounce back after illness;
- Physician’s Release
It may seem like an inconvenience but getting your doctor’s permission to get back to normal activities is extremely important. You physician may have knowledge of something about your illness that you’re oblivious of. For instance, some medication regimes have side effects or you may be insulin resistant which may slow down the healing process. To avoid complications or a relapse, you should get your physician’s approval.
For instance, if you’re recovering from intestinal or stomach conditions, opt for food that are easy to digest like dry toast, bananas, brown rice or apples or whatever your nutritionist may recommend. Once you’ve recovered enough to handle normal diet, eat unprocessed nutrient-rich foods. When recovering from an illness, the best diet consist foods rich in nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. You can also view our tips here on the best diet intake for convalescents.
People who exercise regularly tend to have stronger muscles, organs and joints. If you’ve been inactive due to illness, usually, your muscles, organs and joints weaken. Exercising during recovery helps you regain strength by forcing your muscles, organ and joints to resume and get used to higher activity levels. Other than the obvious benefit of improved strength levels, exercising also improves your sense of well-being and health by lowering your blood pressure, aiding circulation of greater amounts of oxygen through your bloodstream and increasing your levels of the endorphins, the mood enhancing compounds.
- Avoid stress.
High levels of stress affect individuals in many ways; stress may lower your immunity which increases your chances of becoming sick. You may become more anxious during illness if you’re stressed and it may be a hindrance to a quick or even average recovery afterward. The ability to manage stress allows you manage tension and stay relaxed in unavoidable stressful situations.
- Ask for help
Handling too much too soon may plunge you back to poor health. Asking the people around you to temporality take on some of your responsibilities can help you get your energy back faster after an illness. For instance, your spouse or parent can take care of the kids for a few days as you recover.
Another avenue to improve your health after sickness is changing or dropping unhealthy habits. For instance, excessive drinking of alcohol or using tobacco products can increase your chances of being sick and hamper your recovery. To remain healthy, avoid such harmful substances.
- Medication adherence
A major key to recovery is taking your medication as per the prescription and never missing a dose. If you don’t adhere to the medication regimen, you run the risk of worsening your health situation or developing resistance to medication.