Flu season is here, and while you're taking steps to prevent the flu — like getting your flu shot, encouraging your sick coworkers to stay home, and practicing good hygiene — it never hurts to keep a list of self-care activities for when you have the flu in your back pocket in case you do get the virus. The Mayo Clinic reports that flu symptoms usually start about two days after you get exposed, and can be mild to severe. You might have chills, a fever, body aches, or a runny nose, but most healthy adults under age 65 can recover at home without medical treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic. (If you are running a fever of over 103 degrees, though, or have other severe symptoms, it's important to see your doctor ASAP.) But if you're riding the illness out at home, practicing good self-care can make all the difference in how quickly you bounce back.
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s important to take good care of yourself when when you have the flu. It’s best to stay home, rest, and avoid contact with other people as much as you can. And while no one likes being sick and stuck at home, good flu self-care strategies can help you recover more quickly, while providing some comfort in the process, too. According to Health, sometimes you get stuck with a bout of the flu no matter what you do, so making sure that you’re optimizing the healing process is key. While having the flu isn't any fun, and can in fact be dangerous, good self-care activities can help you get back to your non-flu-ridden self in no time.