Unless you’re a kid trying to fake a fever in order to get out of school, no one ever wants to be sick. But unfortunately, every once in a while it just happens. And unlike when you were sick as a kid, mom’s not always there to bring up soup and take care of you. Yes, in the real world, us adults often have to fend for ourselves when sickness strikes. But that’s exactly why it’s so important for those in good health to reach out to a sick friend and lend an ear or helping hand. So whether your loved one has a bad cold or something a bit more serious, here are a few ways to help them get well.
Let Them Know You’re Thinking of Them
There’s nothing worse than sitting in bed, bored and alone when you’re sick. If your loved one isn’t feeling well, one of the best things you can do is just be there for them. Visit once in a while and bring a good movie, card game or snack.
If they’re not up for company or are contagious, there’s still plenty you can do to let them know they are in your thoughts. A phone call or card gives them something to do while in bed and is sure to put a smile on their face.
Make a Goodie Bag
Books, magazines, DVDs, snacks, puzzles, even adult coloring books will be a much appreciated surprise to your sick friend or family member. If you live too far away and can’t make it to see them in person, this is a great way to show you care. Sites, like amazon and yes, even Fruit Bouquets, let you ship gifts directly to someone’s door step!
If your loved one is the cook of the family, odds are they are not going to want to be standing in the kitchen for an hour preparing dinner (especially if they are sick with a stomach bug). A light, home-cooked meal will be a nice change of pace from canned soup and toast.
Help With the House
Unfortunately, even though you’re sick, the laundry doesn’t stop and the floors don’t sweep themselves. Stop by your friend’s house for an hour or two and help with any chores that need to be done, like washing dishes, vacuuming, and dusting. Now your loved one will be able to get adequate rest and won’t have to worry about catching up on a million chores once they eventually recover.
Take the Kids for the Evening
If your friend has kids, especially little ones, offer to take them to dinner – or win the “best friend of the year” award and take them for the entire night! A good night’s sleep will not only make your loved one a lot happier, it will help them get over their illness faster.
Attend a Doctor Visit Together
Going to the doctor can be scary, especially if there’s the possibility of having a more serious health problem. Instead of having your friend wait alone in the office, go with them and chat about old stories, and funny memories.