What to Do When You Are Home Sick
Feel Better Now!
When I was little I actually enjoyed being sick at home just so I could stay home from school all day and watch cartoons! As an adult we miss important things such as work and other commitments. However, nothing is more important than our health and well-being. We need to listen to our bodies and respect our bodies when we need rest and recovery time.
Enjoy these tips the next time you are home sick or just want to treat yourself to something special!
1. Make a fort and sleep in it! Kids and adults alike will love creating there own special place for rest and recovery. It doesn't have to be super fancy...throw some sheets or blankets over the back of furniture and viola! Fill your fort with treasures such as good books, pillows, and all your fuzzy friends (real or stuffed!). Being comfortable will help you sleep which your body needs when you are under the weather. Don't forget your favorite comfy pajamas!
2. Take a long bubble bath and add a few drops of your favorite scented oil. Add a few candles for more relaxed lighting. If you don't have access to a tub, a long steamy shower works wonders just as well. Allow your muscles to release any tension they may be holding on to. This will certainly relax your body and mind.
3. Write a letter the old fashioned way and send it to a friend or even yourself. Think of how you feel when you receive something personal in the mail. Now think of someone else who could use a little bit of that same feeling (it's okay if the answer is you!). Write about what makes you feel good such as something you are thankful for or something you are looking forward to. Keep it light and easy. Remember you don't have to actually mail the letter unless you find you want to!
4. Phone a friend (or mom, dad, brother, sister, neighbor...). Chances are if you let them know you are sick they will try their best to comfort you! Even hearing some nice words such as "Get well soon!" with real feeling behind it will make you feel tons better! And sharing how you feel (not too detailed please) will make you feel lighter and more at ease as well.
5. Search for new sounds. This could mean listening to a calming new song you never heard or simply stepping outside and trying to identify the sounds of nature and people that perhaps you never noticed before. Utilize youtube and search for keywords such as relaxing, restful, or raindrops. You may find you really like chanting or perhaps no words at all. Have fun listening to the sounds as they sooth you.
6. Read your favorite childhood book. Sometimes its hard to pay attention to the lengthy novel we are currently reading. A children's book or young adult novel is great because it is easy to read and usually brings back good memories. My favorite childhood book is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, I love the fairytale quality to it! A spooky or silly book would do just as well. Try a picture book with no words and make your own story up!
7. Draw something. Stick figures count as drawing! It doesn't matter how awful you think you are. Try to make an abstract version of how you are feeling with crayons! Get your creative juices flowing and don't worry about the outcome. If drawing isn't your thing perhaps cutting out some images from junk mail and old magazines will inspire a collage!
8. Make a list. A list doesn't have to mean a to do list of chores. This could be anything from a birthday list to a list of your top 10 future vacation spots! Lists are fun because they can be quick and easy to write. And since we are writing again anyway why not try a poem? or a short story?
9. Have a movie marathon with all of your old favorites or rent something new! Getting lost within the story of a movie is a great way to forget about how unpleasant you may be feeling. Choose your most loved genre whether its horror or a documentary...remind yourself that this is you time! Try to sip on some liquids throughout the film to remain hydrated.
10. Look at photographs. It is a very popular trend to snap pictures of everything these days! Take a moment to pull out an old photo album or even go through your oldest pictures stored on your phone. You may find some wonderful memories that you didn't even know you had!