It's been that kind of January/February/March.
You know... the one where our Christmas decorations are not put away yet (*face palm* emoji) and at least one person in our family has been constantly struggling with sickness. I've put a pause button on a lot of those new year goals I was excited to get started on in necessity to take care of our present needs.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not completely hating on 2018, it has come with a lot great things too - extra cuddles, unexpected time with family, and sweet milestones for both of our kiddos. BUT I am ready to move past all these coughs and sniffles. Anyone else with me?
Documented as "one of the most intense flu seasons in more than a decade", so many people have been affected (myself and husband included!). I hope that none of you get the flu or have to be in bed with another type of virus in the coming months, but it might be inevitable at some point... OR could we all just go ahead and invest to walk around with a bumper bubble ball???
If you find yourself in that situation, here are some things you can do to pass the time when sickness hits:
Rest - Admit defeat. You feel awful, and the best thing you can do is get some rest. Take advantage of this time and sleep! You know all those times that you wished someone would put you down for a nap during the day like you do for your kids? This is your time to shine... take multiple naps.
Quarantine yourself - There couldn't be a better time to say this - "ain't nobody got time for that." Make sure you stay away from your healthy family members and friends. There is no reason to get anyone else sick.
Watch funny videos - Refrain from checking your work email, it will only make you more sick (ha!). If you feel a pull to be productive, why don't you watch funny YouTube videos instead? Here are some of my favorites... you can thank me later :-)
Dress for the Occasion - Your perfectly curated #OOTD posts can wait. Now is the time to clothe yourself in the baggiest sweatpants and sweatshirt you own. The name of the game is comfort, and it will feel glorious.
Ask for Help - On a more serious note, when you are down and out, please ask for help. This is a time to call on your community to rally around you. Don't know what to ask for? Here are some suggestions: make a grocery/pharmacy run, bring you a meal, take care of your kiddos, or ask for prayer. I'm sure they would be more than happy to lend a helping hand - we've all been there.
Annnnnndddd if you have the true mom flu, you know, "the real flu but no one cares", I salute you and offer my pure empathy. This too shall pass. You're doing good mama.