When was the last time you took a “sick day”? If you’re a busy parent, there’s no rest for the weary. Even those parents who are sideswiped by a nasty cold! When you are a mom, life goes on even if you’re under the weather. You might be home trying to rest and recover with little ones running around. I’m sharing a few ways to take care of yourself when you’re sick, even if you have kiddos with you.
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Sick Day Tips for Grown-Ups
After a while, scrolling on your smartphone can get boring. These are the tips for sick day activities for adults. I’m going to tell you how to achieve the best nap, things to do while you’re resting, what foods are best and how to occupy kids so you can lay down. Of course you need to be feeling well enough for any kind of activity! Having get well essentials on hand that make you feel better is important. Find out why you should stock up to have these items on hand when you most need them.
Dress the Part
If you’re feeling down and out, you need to show everyone in the house that your goal is to recover. So put away the jeans and pull out the pajamas! If the family sees that you’re dressed for bed, it will better convey the message that you need to rest.
When I’m at home and sick with my kids, I can’t always relegate myself to the bedroom. I need to be in the living space to keep an eye on my little ones. Set up a bed on the sofa with your pillow and blankets so you can lay down and still watch over the house. Consider having your kids “camp out” with some books and toys on the floor near you. Naturally the sofa bed only works if you’re no longer under quarantine or not contagious.
Call in Reinforcements
You’re completely miserable and can barely keep your eyes open. The kids, on the other hand, are boundless balls of energy and you need HELP! Time to call in a favor. Get a hold of Grandma, a friend or neighbor and ask them about babysitting so you can get the rest you desperately need.
Self Care When Sick
When your illness is at the peak, this isn’t the time to play catch-up on housework. Your body need to recuperate and the only way that will happen is with proper rest. If you’re able to get quiet time alone, a nap is best. A Sleep Mask is perfect for blocking out ambient light and allowing your body to sleep more deeply.
Before crawling into bed, set up your area. If you have cold chills, try an old-fashioned Hot Water Bottle under the blankets at your feet to warm you up. And if you’re feverish, a cool washcloth can’t be beat. Runny nose? Put the tissue box bedside along with a wastebasket to toss them into.
What to Eat
Depending upon your illness, you may not feel like eating. Or maybe you just don’t know what foods to eat when you’re sick? As a general rule following a bland diet when sick with stomach issues is best. Choose bananas, applesauce, or plain white rice and toast. When you’re picking up your sick day essentials, be sure to add some saltine crackers to your basket. When you’re sidelined with a cold, broth-based soups are ideal and the steam can help with congestion.
Keeping Kids Busy So You Can Rest
Life goes on, whether your under the weather or not! And for parents, that means the kids still need caring for…even when you want someone to just tuck YOU into bed!
Create a sick day box of goodies that can be used to occupy the kids. Make a quick Amazon order for items that will entertain, like Magic Marker Coloring Books. You can also save these items for a day when the kids are home in bed. Fill the box with small new things like puzzles, building block sets or magnetic toys. Think quiet stuff, because you won’t want noisy toys blasting when you’re trying to rest!
Even if I’m trying to lay down, my kids will still want to play with me. Small plastic animals can be played with on a bed (blankets make great mountains!). WikkiStix are cheap and fun without a mess. And a card game is something you can play with older kids even while laying down.
If you just need a good hour of rest, have no guilt in turning on the TV for some kid entertainment. I’ve been known to buckle my toddler daughter in her high chair and play an educational television show for her just so I can get an hour to myself.
And thank goodness for the ability to call for food delivery, right? If you just can’t muster up the energy to cook the kids a meal, dial up their favorites and have it delivered to the front door.
Other Things to Do When You’re Sick at Home
If you’re feeling well enough to hold up your head and stay awake for longer than an hour at a time, most likely you’re bored of being home sick and need something different to do. Here are a few things you can do while still getting rest. Take advantage of the downtime and do something that you’ve been wanting to do.
- Read that book you’ve been wanting (or reread a favorite).
- Binge watch that show everyone’s been talking about.
- Give yourself a manicure.
- Complete a crossword puzzle book.
- Catch up on all the magazines you’ve been stockpiling.
- I know when I’m sick, I try to avoid looking in the mirror. The sight of my pale, colorless face just makes me feel worse. I always put on a bit of lipstick just to brighten up my pallor.
- If you’re not dizzy (and there’s another adult home), take a warm shower and change into clean pajamas. This always makes me feel a hundred times better. I’ll even request that someone else brush and braid my hair.
- Suggest to your partner that a foot rub would be beneficial!
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