No matter how well we take care of ourselves, we will always be susceptible to the evil elements of the environment. It’s a reality that no man, woman, vegetarian, or fitness instructor can escape. We’ve all been victims to the flu, draining us of so much energy that we’re left with no choice but to strap ourselves to our bed.
And although there are standard ways to deal with common illnesses, there will always be those ancient, unexplained myths that we follow by instinct. So which of these myths are actually legit, and which ones have no substance at all? Read on to find out:
MYTH # 1 – All you Need is your Bed
Especially common to those recovering from a major surgery, this myth claims that the road to recovery will be much shorter if you don’t leave your hospital bed. Unless you’re specifically instructed to remain bedridden, this practice isn’t exactly the healthiest since you’ll become prone to all kinds of rashes and bed sores.
Physical therapy is a great alternative for hospital patients, while if you’re resting from home, short walks around the neighborhood would be perfect. Prolonged stay on beds is not advisable, so any therapeutic activity will always be a better option than just lying on your back and waiting for your illness to go away.
MYTH # 2 – No such thing as “too many blankets”
Remember those childhood days when you were exiled to Blanket-ville every time you were suffering from sinat? We all know that feeling – like an overcooked burrito! While we do like to snuggle and tuck ourselves away while combating our illnesses there is something we, and our mothers and grandmothers alike, keep doing wrong.
Yes, being cozy is part of the healing process as we rest, but an overdose of blankets would drastically increase your body’s temperature, causing discomfort and a sweaty, sweaty bed. Trim down the blanket count with a minimum of one and have nice cup of hot chocolate. You’ll be back to normal before you know it!
MYTH # 3: Isolation is part of the cure
Now here’s the myth that haunts athletes. Staying indoors for two to three days without… without exercise? Say it ain’t so! But does exercise really have to be sacrificed when you’re ill? Heck no! And while it does depend if you have a sever disease, you should be allowed to do your morning jog if you (1) take your necessary medications and if (2) the illness doesn’t hamper the function of your limbs.
This posts reveals that you have more freedom than you think when you’re sick, but remember not to overdo things, for too much of a good thing can be harmful as well. Resting on your comfortable mattress will always be an essential part of the healing process, so be sure to get the right amount of rest that will lead to a fast and fruitful recovery.