Ask a Dork: Sick & Lazy
“What are some productive things you would recommend a person while sick?”
Honestly? You’re going to have to limit your productivity somewhat if you’re sick. The most important thing you can do while under recovery is sleep. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past five days of being nigh-comatose with man-cold, it’s that your awake and about time will likely be sparse. That isn’t to say that you can’t do some fun things though.
I’ve tried to use the time to catch up on my backlog of games and books. Currently, I’m playing Persona 3 and reading ‘God is Not Great’ by Christopher Hitchens. In my normal life I don’t honestly have a great amount of time for either of these activities; there is always some place to go, someone to meet with, and somewhere other than my apartment that I’d rather be. I’d say that the experience of staying in and engaging myself in games and books has been a calming experience, but it has been interlaced with coughing and hacking.
You also have to question how much you’re actually absorbing while sick. Like, my patience for pretty much anything is at an all-time low right now. I speed through pretty much every speech bubble in Persona 3 and have skimmed more than I should in Hitchens’ book. I mean, I get all of the highlights, but the layers of context that usually engage me more in the content are often lost on me.
With all of that said, what are some productive things I would recommend a person while sick? The answer is simple: stay in, lay in bed as much as possible, eat soup, drink tea, take medication, use the washroom (often), and try to force yourself to sleep. Oh, it helps if you have an excellent spouse to take care of you during this period.