This week I have been so much under the weather, it has been almost impossible to work or concentrate. Usually I would get some sick days off, but as freelance I have been working and resting accordingly. Really mostly resting and sleeping, due to intense coughing and the headache that comes with it sometimes all I can do these days is lie in bed and try and take it easy. Thankfully I can work right from home where I can have all the pumpering I need, something that really helps me feel a little better. Regardless of if you are under the weather like me, maybe this list will give you ideas of how to pamper yourself through the flu or have a relaxing weekend, for me these are essentials not just for a few rough days but for the whole winter.
For more pampering ideas check the ideas Elisabeth Heier is suggesting for a Wellness Weekend . One of the most important things I forgot to include on the list, catch up on your best friends blogs and any other on your list <3
:: 1. Comfortable Sleepwear || The simple oatmeal linen long shirt as seen above has been my go to sleepwear especially now I am sick. Jennifer Hagler from A Merry Mishap blog, is the co creator of this fabulous garment with The Sleep Shirt company, and you can find it here.
:: 2. To help you Sleep || Zara recently launched a Cashmere capsule collection for fall, and among others I found some of the accessories very useful. The eye mask made of 100% cashmere feels really good against the skin, and it really helps with sleeping during anytime of the day uninterrupted by daylight. I also bought a handy toiletry bag (again 100% cashmere), for next to bed essentials, mainly to hide the packets of paracetamol and coughing tablets.
:: 3. Natural Pain Reliever || From cramps to neck pains, a warm water bottle has always been one of the first things I grab when looking for immediate relief before reaching for the painkillers. This pillow/warmer is a cross between all the benefits of a water bottle and a soft pillow. The pillow stuffing consists of clay beads and the cover is made of flax and cotton, just pop it in the microwave and wrap it around you or lay your head on top of it. I love it. From Meraki, if you are in Norway find it here.
:: 4. Healthy shots of hydration || Keeping hydrated is essential and with coughing my need for tea more than quadruples. Favorite teas from A.C. Perch’s TheHandel , the variety is remarkable, try White Mulberry tea for a remarkable experience (the tins can be found in store or online, they carry a huge selection of sizes and colors all with the distinct logo). Ceramic mugs from Kinto (I keep adding to my collection). Just add in any tea a little bit of honey ( try the organic Wildflower Honey from ILA , raw, cold-processed honey comes from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Collected from fields of wildflowers ), and add some fresh ginger juice. This has been my saviour this week.
:: 5. Keep Warm and Cozy || This is a no brainer, of course you need a cardigan. Last year I bought a mohair Kimono sleeve style from Acne and it is my go to wear inside the house during winter anyday. Favorite blanket for keeping feet warm made by 100% Merino wool, the APT blanket from Teixidors. For good measure put some leg warmers on, if nothing else, feeling like a ballerina while sick will only lift your spirits.
:: 6. Aroma for the soul || I burn candles for the calming smell but also to bring warmth (coziness) into the room. Mad et Len Petit Papiers is made in France, sweet, warm, and resinous, it is inspired by Papiers d’Armenie, benzoin-coated incense papers that took France by storm in the late 19th century. I found mine in Stockholm but I am sure there are various online stores that it can be ordered from.
:: 7. Pampering || There is nothing worse than feeling sweaty while being sick, it is something that will bring me even more down. Especially since we tend to sweat a lot, showers and keeping fresh are essential. Hair shampoo and conditioner by Noir Stockholm , it smells amazing and my hair have never felt softer. Since I am spending so many hours in bed, a face mask is also essential.My favorite from Danish Jorgobe with black kaolin clay that absorbs excess sebum and cleanses clogged pores.
:: 8. Reading || From favorite blogs, to magazines, to new or old unfinished books, I find myself always attracted to cooking books when sick. Possibly because I feel my taste buds are failing me, I tend to eat with my eyes. The Nordic Baking book covers traditional cuisine from the entire Nordic region, from Greenland to Finland and everywhere in between. An absolute must if you wish to understand Nordic cuisine!
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