When we fall seriously ill, the only thing we can think of and look forward to is when we feel better. Learn how some of these unexpected issues affect our recovery, so you can get better quicker and get back to your normal life.

Diet

Many people struggle with their appetite when they become ill. They find it hard to eat enough at all, not to mention the varying quality of hospital food. Its crucial in most cases to get enough nutrients to fuel your bodies healing. Make sure that you eat healthy, nutritious food that includes good fats like avocado and oily fish. Remember too, that eating something you love, can help you build up to a more varied diet later on.

Rest

We live in a career dominated society, and no one likes to be thought of as taking too much time off. But it is important to take adequate recovery time when you have been ill.  Beware of going back to work before you are ready, as can do more harm than good. It is crucial that you take enough time to rest recover. That is one of the functions of feeling ill. By making you feel so unwell, your body gets you to stop and do something about it. If you go back to work early, you can relapse, causing you to have more time off work, so it’s in your and your employers’ interest to stick to doctors orders.  

Fresh air

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Its sounds like an old wives’ tale but fresh air can do you a power of good when you’re unwell. Getting outside is a good way to get a change of scene and away from the unmistakable smells of your hospital room. It reminds you that there is a real world out there, worth getting better for. If you are too weak to go outside at the moment, ask the nurse to open your window and get a pleasant breeze into your room or take you for a stroll in a wheelchair?

Surroundings

When we are ill, the surroundings we are in make a huge difference to our mood and so our recovery. We need clean, light airy spaces. Not all medical facilities are like this, and many people do not like to stay in hospital for this reason. Luckily the medical industry is becoming much more aware of the impact of our surroundings. They are now seeking to improve hospital furniture and decor to make it not only hygienic and practical but also pleasant.

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Family support

Another critical issue in your recovery that you might not have through about is family support. Some of us are lucky; we have wonderful families who visit us every day. They talk to the doctors about our treatment plans and do things for us that we cannot do for ourselves. However, not everyone has a good relationship with their biological family. If this is the case for you rely on close friends or seek some professional support to help you through your illness. No man is island, and it’s important that everyone get the support they need to get well.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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