So flu season is here. In a BIG way. And you are probably (and hopefully!) doing everything you can to keep yourself and your family from getting sick. And you’ve probably read a ton of articles with tips on keeping your family healthy. So we aren’t going to give any of those normal tips. You know them; wash your hands, sleep, yadda yadda. Instead, we want to give you some helpful tips to enjoy the flu if you are unfortunate enough to have it invade your home.
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- Puffs plus Lotion. You’ve been there. That sickness when all you seem to be doing is blowing your nose, over and over and over again. And when you have that type of sickness, nothing feels worse than discount tissues. Your nose turns red and you literally start to get raw from the scratchy paper. Having the flu can be a lot less miserable with this one simple change; the good tissues! I’m a huge fan of Puffs plus lotion (no, they are actually not paying us to say that) because they are soft and wonderful and don’t chafe.
- Fuzzy, warm blanket. You’re sick, so all you want to do is lie around and feel disgusting. But if you don’t have nice comfy warm blankets, even your lying around is miserable. Shell out the money to keep a heated blanket in your home, even if it is only whipped out for days when someone is sick. Everyone will be happier because of it!
- Sparkling water or soda. And the good stuff. No off-brand Sprite that doesn’t have the same amount of bubbles. Get a surplus of the bubbles, and encourage the sickies to drink the stuff like water. No, soda isn’t good for you. But for just a few days, good bubbly beverages can make a huge difference in the way you feel.
- Disney movies. Or something similar. The point is to have movies or TV shows that are loved…but have been seen. This way, you will enjoy being awake, but won’t try to keep yourself from falling asleep, either. Winner! See, you can enjoy the flu. Cinderella, anyone?
- Soothing soup. It is amazing what soup is capable of doing for the body and the soul. If you aren’t a cook, then don’t feel bad about not making this from scratch. Pick something up and put it in the microwave. That’s A-OKAY! Warm soup will make the flu way less miserable, guaranteed!
- Time off. We as people have the bad habit of trying to work through our sicknesses. We take work home from the office to do when we should be sleeping, we keep important appointments when we should be laying at home, we go to events because we feel bad not attending. This is ridiculous! Now, if you are someone who is sick all the time, that might just be the way your life has to go. But for most of us, serious sickness happens for just a few days a year. Maybe even less. And gosh darn it, if we aren’t capable of simply being sick for a couple days and being okay with that, something is very wrong. Unless you are in a job where you need to work because of life or death situations (which some of you are), then there really are very few situations that absolutely require us to work through a few days of sickness. Pause. Let yourself take a couple days of blowing your nose, eating soup, and watching re-runs of your favorite shows.
- Electronics. Now is the time to allow the use of computer games, tablets, and phones. In small doses, of course. But entertainment will be needed for the moments in between sleep. Keeping children quiet and calm can be hard enough. Add boredom to the mix and it’s almost impossible. So go ahead and allow a certain amount of electronics. No guilt needed.
- Take out. Most likely there are members of the family NOT sick. They want to eat properly. Take advantage of whatever quick and easy meals you can muster. Grab a pizza, Chinese, or order in. Give your family permission to be a bit lazy on the cooking end while everyone heals. We are big lovers of Papa Muphy’s delite pizzas during sick time! And this is one more way to make the rest of the family enjoy the flu, rather than be irritated by someone else’s sickness.
- Ask for help. Laundry, dishes, snacks, picking up kids. Whatever needs to be done by the sick person can be re-delegated. Or, let’s face it…not done. Or better yet…hired. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if needed.
We say, if you have to have the flu…find a way to get the most dang fun out of it you can! Take the little steps that can be taken to make it less horrible and more tolerable.