The 2018 flu season is breaking records. Federal health officials say that this flu season has been one of the worst in recent times. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had the flu or been affected by the flu (kids have it, co-workers coughing in the cubicle behind you, etc.)
5 Activities When You are Sick and Stuck Indoors
Well, I am one of those annoying people that say “I almost never get sick” – but it’s true! I would say I skip the majority of the flu seasons without even a cough! However, this flu season took control over my body for over 2 weeks! Finally, I am feeling better after a battle of sinus, cough, congestion and straight up feeling like I was hit by a semi-truck! Anyone else know what I am talking about? But, I am not one to just lay sick in bed feeling miserable, so I decided to make the most of “taking it easy”. When I was recouping from the flu, these are some things I found myself doing when I couldn’t leave the house.
1. Catch up on a television series or watch favorite movies of your past
The definition of taking it easy is laying on the couch. Why not turn on some of your old favorite movies to give you a little pick me up? The nostalgia of watching a past favorite movie does wonders for a miserable day of being sick indoors!
Then while you’ve got the telly on, binge watch that show that everyone at work is talking about or catch up on a television series you are seasons behind on. You can’t feel guilty about it – because the doctor ordered for you to rest!
2. Cuddle with your pet
Let your pet get some attention now that you are home from work on your sick day. Just lay around and be lazy – just like you pet does each and every day. Your dog/cat/reptile/whatever will be excited to get some one-on-one attention. It is welcome company for you both! There is nothing more comforting than cuddling up with your fluff ball! Plus, they keep your cold feet nice and cozy.
3. Read a novel or all those magazines laying around
I’ve got stacks of back issue magazines hanging around my house! This is a great opportunity for me to gather them all up and read away! Then I can throw them out once and for all! It feels nice getting rid of the excess when I am not feeling great!
If you aren’t a magazine hoarder like me, download a top book from the past year that you haven’t read. Or grab a book off the bookshelf that you’ve been itching to read. I read 3 books in the span of my flu! I am way above my reading challenge goal on Goodreads and hoping this is my jump-start to continue to the trend!
4. Sip on hot tea and soup
When you are sick you are supposed to load up on liquids. But water can only satisfy for so long! That’s why experimenting with different teas and soups while you are ill is a great way to recover faster and keep things interesting.
I love honey lemon tea when I am sick, but I also make herbal teas like hibiscus and mint! As for soup, I mainly do homemade bone broth but chicken noodle and chicken and rice are also big staples in my sick-day menu.
5. Hand write notecards to friends and family
While you are recovering from the flu at home, a nice activity that will take your mind off things is writing cards for holidays coming up. When you prepare these cards in advance you don’t have to worry about last minute or late holiday cards! Mother’s Day card for my mum – done! Valentines Day card to my love – done! Plus, you’ll end up making more than you normally would and it will be fun to see who will send cards back! When you are feeling better again, you’ll open your post box for an unexpected surprise!
All of these options helped me not be totally bored while I was sick and trapped indoors. I was able to relax and rest, but also catch up on shows, magazines and communicate with friends and family by writing note cards. While of course I did get behind on cleaning the house and daily work when I was sick, I still felt productive in my own way. What things to do you inside when you are sick?
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