Flu season! ugh. Ok I just wanted to get that out there right quick.
Winter brings chilled air, cute boots, and unfortunately the sickness.
This rampant message of not taking care of your self while caring for someone who’s sick is fake news! Don’t believe it!
As a mom, or someone who is taking care of someone who is sick can be extremely draining. Your life is put on pause for those days, weeks, or even months depending how ill the person is (I’m also including people with long-term illness in this mix).
No matter how long it is, you must take care of yourself while you care for someone else.
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Here are things you can do for yourself when you’re in the throws of being on call for your sick loved one’s every command. Straight Genie mode.
STEAM IT UP
There is something about that steam hitting your body during a hot shower that just melts the day’s mess away.
Don’t act like you haven’t had time to bathe every day when you are taking care of someone. I know I’m not the only one!
Take time to cleanse yourself of the germs and to restore your energy to keep the care going on the next day since most aren’t just sick one day.
>EXTRA TIME TIP
If you have a few extra minutes like while your sick one is sleeping, then drop a couple drops of an essential oil onto the head of the shower. Depending on what mood I’m in, I use lavender, peppermint, or lemon.
STRETCH IT OUT
Chances are you’re laid up with the sick person because you want to be near in case they need something. There’s a lot of sitting going on.
So, get on the floor, or in a chair, and stretch your body out.
My favorite yoga girl, Adrienne, has a yoga routine for every type of body issue you can imagine! She has yoga for scoliosis, yoga for back pain, and even yoga for couch potatoes – boom, that’s ours for this post.
TEA FOR TWO
While you’re making tea for your sickie..ok that just sounds rude, but let’s continue…you should make a cup for yourself.
You get the steam effect without having to take a shower. Plus you get the healing effect that herbal teas have on the body.
My favorite tea for healing and detoxing is Yogi Ginger. You can pick it up at your local health food or grocery store or here.
My husband also makes homemade ginger tea with the ginger powder, water, and a few spoonfuls of cane sugar – dassit. We get the powder in the spices section at the grocery store.
Try one or all of these three things the next time you are caring for a sick loved one. And if you’re doing it right now, hurry up before they make their next wish! Poof, be gone.
What do you do to keep your balance/sanity while caring for someone else?