Here’s what happened: I posted this photo on Instagram being all cocky about how adamant I am not to wear trousers or tights until the very last possible moment this season and then, to my surprise, a few days later I fall ill.

It is particularly surprising as almost a year ago exactly, I shared this post where I wrote “I’m not one to fall sick often but this time of year always gets me. I blame it on my deep hatred for tights and wanting to have bare legs no matter what temperature it is outside.” You’d think I’d learn. No, no.

So here I am sitting at my desk wearing a woolly jumper, my thickest jeans and drinking honeyed tea. It’s like my mind didn’t want summer to end so my body has propelled me into the darkest winter months.

As you know, one of the many benefits of working independently is not getting paid sick leave and I’m really not in the position to take any time out right now, so for any of you out there looking to get better as quickly as possibly, here’s my remedy…

Chicken soup

There is nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of homemade chicken soup. This is the recipe I use over and over again every single year and it works wonders. Make yourself a huge pot of it to last you through the week and you’ll always have something to fill you up when you’re feeling to rough to cook. If I’m feeling ill, I’ll often add a clove or two more of garlic to the soup as I strongly believe in the benefits of garlic but just can’t face eating a clove raw.

Sofia Clara chicken soupKeep hydrated

Drinking lots of water and tea is essential but I’ve also been making an effort to keep my skin and lips moisturised. I’ve been using Clinique’s Moisture Surge to keep my skin hydrated. My skin has been feeling super soft and it’s also great to tap on over your make-up on those drier patches around your nose that comes with the every-two-minute nose blowing. Delightful, I know.

A good layer of the Pep-start night mask overnight (and occasionally during the day) has kept my lips hydrated.

Clinique SwitzerlandComfort food 

Whatever it is, give in and allow yourself a little childhood comfort food. Clive has been bringing these sweets back on his way through Gatwick Airport when he comes over and I cannot get enough of them (especially the sour blueberry ones)! The fact that they are made with natural flavourings and natural colouring makes me feel a little less guilty.

Gourmet London SweetsForced relaxation

It’s hard to take time out when the emails just keep coming in and especially when your home is also your workplace. I didn’t really stop working last week but I did make sure to take some time out to relax my mind and think about other things than work. Cosy up on the sofa and read a book that someone you love loves – I feel like people’s favourite books are like deeper insights into who they are. I love it.

After a week of feeling fairly miserable and cancelling meetings, I’m already feeling a whole lot better and actually getting excited about the autumn months. I’ve even given in and brought out my winter knits and thick jeans.

I hope you haven’t fallen ill but if you have, I’m sending lots of love your way and hope you get better soon! Ohh and I’d love to know what your sick day/week remedies are. For the rest of you, make sure to wrap up warm.

Big bisous. xS