Being a mom is always exhausting, but being a mom when you are sick is downright miserable.
I’ll admit, I’m not picture perfect this week. My body is screaming for sleep while all I do is pump it full of caffeine.
And unfortunately you can’t call in sick when you’re a mom either. You somehow have to keep pressing on!
So here is what I do:
Rest when you can
I still had to wake up early to take my son to preschool, but I tried to doze in the afternoon.
As soon as I got my 18 month old down for a nap, I turned on the tv for my son and closed my eyes while lying on the couch.
I don’t think I slept for more than 5 minutes straight, but I did get to lie there for about an hour and half.
So that was something, and it did help me feel a little bit better. And you better believe that I ignored laundry to get this rest too!
Drink lots of water
Most moms I know are prone to forgetting about their own needs on a good day, but when they’re sick? Our brains goes out the window!
This includes the basics like drinking water and eating healthy.
Your body NEEDS water to function and to heal itself, so DRINK IT!
Even just a glass here and there. Something is much much better than nothing.
Be low key
The days when I feel miserable, are not the days when I’m taking my kids to the park or the zoo. I find ways to keep the kids busy at home while expending the least amount of energy.
I pull out the magnetic tiles for them (which are their favorite toys) or blocks. I do basic meals like frozen waffles and chicken nuggets, and I let them watch more tv than usual.
The way that I see it is that no one benefits when mom is sick, so make it as easy as possible until I can feel 100% (or at least 50%) again.
Then the good parenting resume! And it is easier to get better faster when you are taking it easy.
Ask for help
There is NO SHAME in asking for help, so why is that always so hard to do?
This past week I’ve had a nasty cold. Nothing I couldn’t handle, but boy was I farrrr from 100%. Then on Wednesday, I got the stomach flu! Like, what the heck immune system?!
I guess my body was so worn down from fighting my cold on zero sleep and lots of caffeine and sugar, that it just gave up and couldn’t fight off another virus.
At that point, I had to ask my husband for help. But thankfully, I didn’t really have to ask. He just did it all! He let me sleep and take it easy because my body was DONE.
So if you feel like you just can’t do it (or even BEFORE you get to that breaking point) ask for help!
Family, friends, your spouse–just ask. It will help you to recover even faster, I promise!
Give yourself grace
No mom needs to be going for the “best mom award” when their sick.
There may be too much tv or processed food, and maybe the house isn’t spotless. But that’s ok. When you’re sick, the goal is to take care of the kids to the best of your ability.
And guess what? The best of your ability is going to look significantly different on a sick day than a healthy day.
Instead of seeing yourself as a “bad mom,” see yourself as a GREAT mom! Because you are still trying even when you feel like crap.
That makes you an awesome mom!
So hang in there, and try to get better soon. And take advantage of those tv snuggles while you’re at it!
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