Right. So, I’ve been sick for the whole weekend now, and am running on my second day of missing work, and to top it off I sound rather a lot like a 60 year old man instead of a 30 year old girl. In honor, then, of my semi-invalid status, I thought I would share with the world at large my personal ‘prescriptions’ for times when sickness/sadness/stress/exhaustion have taken their toll:

Item A: Beverages

1. Hot tea should be consumed in enormous quantities. Earl Grey, Earl Grey Creme, Prince Vladimir, and other aromatic teas are especially wonderful in the evenings or if you have a head cold that is preventing you from smelling/tasting as usual.

2. Coffee must be dressed with real whipped cream. This is not the time to bandy about with black coffee or to pretend that you like your beverages bitter and healthy. No, this is the time to shake the container of heavy whipping cream until it becomes frothy and pour it into your coffee with just a little sugar. The texture the rich cream will give will help to wipe away any feelings of exhaustion still existing in your system. Take my word for it.

3. Hot cocoa should be real, not Swiss Miss. If possible, get someone to make this for you. After all, you deserve to sit like a pampered cat on the couch, sniffling mildly while someone else slaves away at melting a good chocolate bar and mixing it with milk and cream.

Item B: Foods

1. Toast with butter and jam. No matter how old you are, you’re never too old to enjoy toast with butter and jam. It’s both nostalgic and delicious.

2. Chicken noodle soup. It might take some time to make, but good homemade chicken noodle soup is hard to beat in terms of comfort. If you’re not like me, and cooking isn’t your personal form of therapy, then at least consider buying a better-quality than Campbell’s.

3. Macaroni and cheese. Go ahead and make the Kraft stuff. And add a hot dog or two. Horribly unhealthy, but soooo comforting.

4. Beef stew. If by some chance you have the energy to actually cook, few things are as wonderfully warm and delicious as a good dish of beef stew. Just make sure you have good bread to go with it!

5. Sticky Fingers Bakery scones. Buy mix. Add water. Bake. Nothing is simpler, and these are the perfect accompaniment to all that tea you’ll be drinking!

Item C: Entertainment

1. For stress: Pride and Prejudice – the long version, of course. Nothing like a good 5 hours of Austenian delight to whisk your cares away! (Not to mention Mr. Darcy’s wet-shirt moment)

2. For exhaustion/sickness: Jeeves and Wooster – the hilarious antics of Bertie will bring laughter, and the wisdom of Jeeves will somehow make you feel that everything is right with the world after all.

3. For a bad day: Blackadder – it’s absurd, snarky and delightful, and on top of all that it will inspire you to dream big – perhaps to even buy a large turnip in the country, like Baldrick.

4. For a rainy day/sadness/a breakup: Persuasion/Jane Eyre/Sense and Sensibility – the quiet, contemplative tone of the Ciaran Hinds version of Persuasion and the mystical quality of the 2011 Jane Eyre, combined with stories of romance long-waited-for, will draw you in and help you forget your troubles.

5. For a long day: The King’s Speech/The Young Victoria – somehow, watching the way in which famous historical figures handled their challenges with bravery is inspiring, and both these movies have the added factor of being charming.

6. For frustration/annoyance: An Ideal Husband/The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde is the absolute living end of frustration-relief. Enough said.

There you have it – my personal prescriptions! Feel free to post your own below, or steal mine – I won’t mind. 😉

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