Surviving a Sick Day As a Mom
Feeling under the weather mama? Surviving a mom sick day is tough. I mean, there is no room to have a sick day! We have entirely too much to do! However, in the season of germs absolutely EVERYWHERE there doesn’t seem to be any escaping it. So if you’re on the brink of illness or already down for the count, here are some tips to help you survive a mommy sick day.
Also, I am not a doctor or medical professional, so this post is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.
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Whether it’s Gatorade, juice, tea or good old fashioned H2O, keep the fluids coming. You don’t want to make the situation any worse by becoming dehydrated. One of my favorite go to beverages while sick is chamomile tea, or lemon tea with organic honey. It’s soothing on the throat, breaks up gunk and honestly, it’s just relaxing to sip on.
Take It Easy and Don’t Feel Bad About It
If you feel yucky, there is absolutely no shame in letting the dishes pile up a little and not folding the laundry. I hate to say this, (I REALLY do) but the dishes and laundry will still be there when you’re feeling better. No use in pushing yourself, not worth it.
Ask For Help
Call in the reinforcements! If possible ask the hubby to stay home and help, or maybe grandma can take the kids for the day. Don’t feel too proud to ask for help. The more you’re able to rest the faster you’ll be able to bounce back.
Sleep is the best time for your body to heal, so get extra sleep where you can. If your kids go to school, rest while they’re away. Have little one? Nap when they nap. If bedtime is usually your gig, maybe ask dad to put the little ones to sleep tonight and you go to bed early. And if these aren’t options, just skip on the late night Netflix after the kids are in bed and catch some extra z’s.
Make it nice and easy on yourself. Delivery and paper plates for the win.
This is definitely a time where there should be no apologies about TV time. Let the kids have movie marathons or watch their favorite shows. If it keeps them occupied, so you can recoup, then there should be no reason to feel bad about it.
Over the Counter Medicine and Natural Remedies
Definitely take advantage of the over the counter options to make yourself more comfortable. If you feel unsure about what is right for you, don’t be shy to ask the pharmacists for their help. Every time I’ve asked for their advice they have always been super helpful in recommending the appropriate medicine. Also don’t be shy to try some natural remedies as well. I hear Elderberry is really powerful in boosting the immune system and kicking illness and certain essential oils (CHECK OUT THESE POWERHOUSES – use code FROMSONUPFREE for a $40 gift card towards future essential oils!) are known to help with easing coughs, congestion and headaches while providing antiviral, anti-inflammatory and energizing properties.
Homemade Chicken Soup
If you are up for it, try some homemade chicken soup. Fun facts, chicken noodle soup is a illness fighting staple because the carrots, onions and celery are known to help strengthen your immune system, fight off viruses and help speed up recovery while the broth provides hydration and chicken supports our immune system. Here’s a super simple CHICKEN SOUP recipe to add to your collection.
Don’t Put Off Calling the Dr.
Too many times, us moms put things off because we feel like it’s an inconvenience, but it’s important to take care of ourselves. So if you’re not getting better, call the doctor! It’s definitely important to make sure your condition isn’t getting any worse, otherwise it will take longer to bounce back. Some doctors offices are even offering remote video appointments now which is pretty darn convenient.
These are just some tips that have helped me in my experience, but make sure to go with you gut and follow your doctor’s advice. Take it easy mama and you’ll be back at full speed before you know it!
Take It Easy
Ask for Help
Order Take Out
Utilize Appropriate Over the Counter Medicine and Natural Remedies
Homemade Chicken Soup
Don’t Put Off Calling the Doc
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