- First, I prayed that God would get me through those tough days, as rescheduling patients and canceling appearances would have actually caused me to have more stress.
- Secondly, I took some cold medicine, but I also increased my doses of Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea. I also gargled with warm salt water to kill the bacteria that was causing my sore throat, and I drank tea with honey to soothe my vocal chords before my speaking engagements.
- I tried to get as much sleep as possible. I went to bed early (this is nearly impossible for me being a night owl!) and I would rest during the day. I am not kidding when I say I would take small naps in between patients so that my body could last the whole day.
- I reserved all my energy to take care of my responsibilities. I cut out the dinner with friends and the workouts at the gym in order to make sure my body could rest and heal quicker.
I write this as encouragement for those whose life cannot stop when you get a small sickness. Ideally, it is best to take time off, stay home, and rest until you feel better. Realistically, that cannot always happen. The steps I took helped me get through my cold without neglecting my responsibilities. I was also very mindful not to spread my germs. I would tell people that I was not feeling well so that they would not get close to me or wonder why I did not shake their hand or give them a hug. Make sure to take care of your body to avoid being affected by those unfriendly germs, but also have a plan B if you do get under the weather. Stay Healthy!
Miss International 2015