If you are sick with any illness, a doctor would recommend you get plenty of rest. The same is true during a genital herpes outbreak. That's because the once-dormant virus has basically kicked back into gear and attacked the spot it first entered your body — for simplex Type II, the genital or buttocks areas.
To help your immune system push the virus into dormancy, take steps to rest throughout the day. While most people can't nap on the job (at least not when the boss is looking), patients can cut out activities that put a strain on the body, like exercise or physical exertion.