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Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster
You know what it's like to be sick. You feel fatigued, maybe a little depressed, less hungry than usual, more easily nauseated and perhaps more sensitive to pain and cold. The fact that illness comes with a distinct set of psychological and behavioral features is not a new discovery.

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Lassitude

Illness comes with a distinct set of psychological and behavioral features. You feel fatigued, maybe a little depressed, less hungry than usual, more easily nauseated and perhaps more sensitive...

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Why you feel fatigued

Activating the immune system to fight germs costs your body a lot of energy.

Fatigue reduces your level of physical activity, leaving more energy available for the immune system.

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Changes during illness

  • In order to avoid additional infections or injuries that would increase the immune system's energy requirements, your body increases sensitivity to nausea and pain.
  • Sensitivi...

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The underlying emotion program

People possess a regulatory program that lies in wait, scanning for indicators that infectious disease is present. If it detects signs of infection: 

  • The program sends a signal t...

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Willing To Listen

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Mindfulness While Being Sick

Mindfulness While Being Sick

We ourselves contribute to slowing down our recovery. Our never-ending responsibilities add to an additional layer of stress while we fight our illness, and our negative reactions ...

Aware And Compassionate Towards Recovery

Seeing one’s own illness with compassion and care leads to acceptance and aids recovery.

We should not be anxious or resentful about being sick, as the added worry is not doing the body any good.

To-Do List To Support Your Recovery From Sickness

  • Accept that you are unwell, and be realistic about it, reminding yourself that you will get better
  • Do not indulge in self-pity or unnecessary distractions.
  • Be caring, patient and kind to yourself for a change.
  • Take deep breaths, focusing on your body and bodily sensations.
  • Do not feel angry or judgemental when you feel uncomfortable.
  • Support your body with positivity and let go of anxiety and worry.