There’s nothing worse than having the entire family off sick, but as the mum of the house, it’s your job to nurse them back to their normal selves. However, it can be incredibly stressful to take care of several others, especially if you’re busy with work or have plenty of chores to take care of. So to make things easier and less stressful for you, here are a couple of ways to cope with a sick household as a busy mum.
Stock up on medication
The last thing you want is to run out of painkillers or cold medicine in the middle of the night. The next time you’re out, get yourself a bunch of medicine (as long as you know it will work!) so that you save yourself having to go out again just to pick some up when their symptoms flare up.
Skip the GP lines
It would be wonderful if you could bring your entire family to the GP to get seen at once, but we all know how frustrating it can be to see a doctor when you most need one. Thankfully, there’s a better option; GPs powered by Babylon. You can get seen by an NHS GP within just a couple of minutes on your phone. Of course, they won’t be able to inspect you up close, but they can deal with basic problems like allergies, migraines, stomach problems and so on.
Get Takeaway, Just This Once
As long as you’re not getting something too greasy and unhealthy, it’s fine to treat you and your family to a takeaway meal just to save yourself from having to cook. This is especially helpful if you’re walking home from a hard day at work and you happen to pass by a restaurant that you and your family love. It’s a great treat for the sick ones and it saves you having to spend more time cooking in addition to taking care of the kids.
Sympathize with your Family
Sympathize with your family to cheer them up and make them feel better. Tell them how you understand how hard it is to be sick, and try not to get too frustrated or annoyed when they ask you to fetch everything for them. It’s hard to stay positive during times like this, but you need to stay strong and take care of your loved ones.
Get Some Rest
It’s going to be hard taking care of so many people, so make sure you don’t burn yourself out and become sick as well. Take a day or two off work if you’re having trouble catching up with your daily chores, and try to get your family to help out once they’re feeling a little stronger. Even if it’s just a short power nap before you get up to make dinner, give yourself some space and some alone time to recharge after a rough day or night.
*This is a collaborated post