How to Have Fun when Sick at Home

Four Methods:Keeping quiet and calmQuiet things to doEasy things to doCreative ideas

Being sick isn't fun, and it's even less fun when you're sitting at home with nothing to do. If you get bored when you're sick at home, this article can teach you to make the experience a lot more fun.

Method 1
Keeping quiet and calm

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    Try to sleep. Sleep is the surest way of helping you to mend faster. It can help to read a little to tire you out. Sleep in as long as you want. There's no need to get up early when you're sick.
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    Have a quiet time where nobody is around to be loud. Shut off the TV and don't use electronic devices.
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    Relax as best you can. Do some yoga, stretching, or meditation. Don't do anything that feels uncomfortable or increases the symptoms of your sickness.
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    Gather all of the things you will want in the day. This includes tissues, cough drops, snacks, TV remotes, etc. Set up camp on the couch and be lazy all day. Watch some of your favorite TV shows. Watch the special extended episodes for a change. Or, just watch a movie. If one of your favorite shows isn't on, record something beforehand, or use a TV service like Netflix or Red Box.
    • Watch programs on BBC iPlayer or other on-demand TV services. Catch up on programs that you have missed.
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    Wear your favorite comfy pajamas. Be sure to keep warm enough (or cool enough) and don't wear anything that feels constricting or itchy.

Method 2
Quiet things to do

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    Take the time to think about things that have been on your mind recently. It will feel good to finally sort some stuff out.
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    Start reading a good book. Think about the plot and characters and what it is about the story that moves you.
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    Read a magazine. National Geographic Kids or Nickelodeon might be a little childish, but reading them will make you feel better because they will give you something to do without having to think too hard.
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    Have a conversation with yourself. It may sound weird but it's really interesting to hear what you have to say to yourself.
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    If you're just feeling really tired and sick and don't have the energy to be on computer or start doing some kind of activity, just lay on the couch or bed. Drink something warm like a honey and lemon drink, and have a stack of old magazines available.
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    Pet watch. If you don't want to do anything just watch your pets!

Method 3
Easy things to do

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    Take a hot bubble bath, or a nice steamy shower. A nice warm bath will help make you feel better, and feel relaxed.
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    Make a pillow and blanket fort and sleep in it. But if you're feeling really bad, don't try this step until you're feeling better.
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    Play games on your computer. Don't overdo it though; if it makes you feel worse, stop.
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    Take pictures Take pictures of yourself, the outside world, your pets, whatever! You could also take pictures for wikiHow articles.
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    Do your nails and toenails. Are they extra long? Give them a cut. Are you into adding nail polish? Time to refresh the polish.
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    Walk a little outside, or just sit outside. Sometimes it helps just to get some fresh air.
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    Shoot foam darts at your favorite TV shows. Boom! Headshot!
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    Text your friends. They could have interesting gossip that you missed at work or school, or you can complain about how sick you are.
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    Play your favorite game. Try playing a board game by yourself, or go for a one-person game like Solitaire.
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    If you can move about, cook something at home. It helps you take your mind off, and you have something nice to eat afterwards.
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    Play on your phone, iPod, etc.It keeps you busy. However if you get a headache or don't feel well, just rest a bit, then call a friend instead of texting or chatting on computer.

Method 4
Creative ideas

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    Draw. Even if you're not good at drawing, it can be fun to mess around.
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    Look through old pictures. They may bring back good, old memories when you're laying in bed sick.
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    Google your family tree. Find long lost ancestors.
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    Listen to music. Don't put it too loud, though; it's not good for you, especially when you're sick.
    • Learn every word to your favorite song. Google the lyrics and sing it a few times.
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    Finish any home projects you haven't done yet. Now would be a good time to sort your trading cards or track down your missing slipper. However, you are sick so don't overexert yourself.
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    Find stacks of paper. Make paper airplanes or other origami figures.
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    Catch up on schoolwork. It may not be wonderful, but you'll be happy when you get to school and find you aren't behind.
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    Start planning what you're going to do when you're better!
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    Write out your dreams. Draw or write out your dream house. Add little details like carpet patterns, or colors. Draw or write out the theme or plot of your favorite book or movie. You could draw a picture from your favorite scene in Harry Potter, or write out what you would do in the character's situation. List ideal features in your dream pet or boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife. Describe your dream outfit or job. Make a collage with all of your dream pictures and/or lists and paragraphs, to make up your dream life.

Tips

  • Open a window to get some fresh air so the room isn't so stuffy for you.
  • Make sure not to eat a lot of junk food; it will make you feel worse. Try to eat some healthy fruit, you get the satisfaction of the sweetness, but not the dumpy feeling.
  • Do everything in small parts. Don't spend the entire day sleeping or the entire day on your phone. Do a little of everything.
  • Ask your family to help you. If you're not feeling well at all and wouldn't like to get up, you can probably ask them to bring you something to read, eat, or do.
  • Turn down the lights, it will help relax your body and help you get better faster.
  • If you're bored, research your favorite topic and learn new and cool things that you can later use to impress your friends and family!
  • If your sinuses are the culprit, use a warm steam or cool mist humidifier. If you don't have one, boil water and stand near the pot.
  • Don't have friends over or family and if you do be careful that you don't get them sick too.
  • Boil a good amount of water (or have someone else do it) and make a pot of your favorite tea. You can pour yourself a cup any time and you don't have to keep boiling water.
  • If you have a headache, it's best to walk around and ignore it if you pay more attention to it its gonna get more pain.
  • If you have a date, text or email them. They will most likely understand. Plus they probably don't want to get sick either.
  • Paper snowflakes are so awesome to do when you're bored or sick.They are so easy and the possibilities are endless!
  • Sit somewhere quiet and watch something you like, or play on a DS or laptop, but if you're feeling sick don't overdo it.
  • If it is a weekend, FaceTime your friends on multiple devices and have a group chat.
  • Have a marathon by watching your favorite TV shows.
  • A water bottle and healthy or comforting foods, such as soup, fruit, a smoothie etc are great choices to start you off. Have some tissues handy as well. If you can't sleep and you want to relax, then just lay in bed with the lights dimmed or off and get all comfy & cozy. It helps!
  • Remember to take a little break from sitting and stand up and walk around, even if it is just to the bathroom and back.
  • Get under the covers and watch a favorite movie.
  • If you have a stomach bug, try drinking peppermint tea.
  • Keep yourself busy with all the latest gossip while still at home! Or whatever else. Text your friends and talk to them. They're worried about you! This will distract you from boredom and feeling sick.
  • Try to write a song or story you have plenty of time.
  • Always take a shower and get into new clothes. Refreshing yourself will feel better.
  • If you have a stomach flu and are hungry, start out with ice chips. If that goes okay, eat some saltine crackers or jello.
  • Make paper snowflakes. See how creative and unique you can make each one.
  • Download or play a game on your computer or other mobile device so that you don't get bored.
  • Don't move to much or you might get dizzy.
  • Try to just relax. Lay down for about at least an hour or two, then start doing activities in bed. Give your body one extra day of rest just to make sure everything is fine.
  • Drink lots and lots of water if you have a sore throat.
  • Eat soft foods.
  • Write in a journal. It gets all your feelings out and onto paper. It will give you something to focus on.

Warnings

  • If you are vomiting, or have a virus causing you to vomit, it's handy to have a bowl, bucket, or even a bin close by. This also helps you to clean up quickly when you aren't feeling so well.
  • When you have a stomach illness, you may dry heave. Keep water around.
  • Don't overwork yourself (play sports, run around, and similar activities). It could make you feel worse.
  • Don't go swimming. This can spread germs and can make you more sick!
  • Try not to get your family sick while you're around them. It's hard not to do activities with family members, but this is usually how we spread and share our germs.
  • Also, if you are vomiting, keep an extra pair of clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Kleenex
  • A glass of ice water
  • Your own pillow
  • Blanket (fluffy ones work the best)
  • A good book
  • A computer or laptop. Laptops are good because you can use them in bed.
  • Television
  • Radio or CD player close by, especially if you're in bed, as you don't need to concentrate your brain or eyes too much to listen to music/audio books.
  • Bucket - in case you start to vomit
  • Bowl of hot soup
  • Tea - if you have a sinus discomfort, try Throat Coatâ„¢ tea. If your stomach hurts, try peppermint.
  • If you have a fever, keep a cool rag and a thermometer by you.

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