What to Do When You Are Sick and Bored at Home

Updated on September 6, 2019
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Sarah is a certified yoga teacher and artist who believes in the importance of holistic wellness.

When I was little, I actually enjoyed being sick just so I could stay home from school all day and watch cartoons! As an adult, we miss important things such as work and other commitments. However, nothing is more important than our health and well-being. We need to listen to and respect our bodies when we need rest and recovery time.

Enjoy these tips the next time you are home sick or just want to treat yourself to something special!

Forts will boost anybody's mood.
Forts will boost anybody's mood.

1. Make a Fort . . . And Sleep In It!

Kids and adults alike will love creating their own special place for rest and recovery. It doesn't have to be super fancy. Throw some sheets or blankets over the back of furniture, and viola! Fill your fort with treasures such as good books, pillows, and all your fuzzy friends (real or stuffed!). Being comfortable will help you sleep which your body needs when you are under the weather. Don't forget your favorite comfy pajamas!

Bubble baths are fun and relaxing!
Bubble baths are fun and relaxing!

2. Take a Long Bubble Bath With Your Favorite Scented Oil

Hop in the tub and add a few drops of your favorite scented oil. Add a few candles for more relaxed lighting. If you don't have access to a tub, a long steamy shower works wonders just as well. Allow your muscles to release any tension they may be holding. This will certainly relax your body and mind.

Write a letter to yourself or a friend about all the things you're grateful for.
Write a letter to yourself or a friend about all the things you're grateful for.

3. Write a letter

Write a letter the old fashioned way and send it to a friend or even yourself. Think of how you feel when you receive something personal in the mail. Now think of someone else who could use a little bit of that same feeling (it's okay if the answer is you!). Write about what makes you feel good such as something you are thankful for or something you are looking forward to. Keep it light and easy. Remember you don't have to actually mail the letter unless you find you want to!

Making a quick phone call is a great way to make a human connection if you're feeling lonely on a sick day.
Making a quick phone call is a great way to make a human connection if you're feeling lonely on a sick day.

4. Phone a friend

Call your mom, dad, brother, sister, or even neighbor! Chances are if you let them know you are sick they will try their best to comfort you! Even hearing some nice words such as "Get well soon!" with real feeling behind it will make you feel tons better! And sharing how you feel (not too detailed please) will make you feel lighter and more at ease as well.

Listen to the soothing sounds of something new and different.
Listen to the soothing sounds of something new and different. | Source

5. Search for New Sounds

This could mean listening to a calming new song you never heard or simply stepping outside and trying to identify the sounds of nature and people that perhaps you never noticed before. Utilize youtube and search for keywords such as relaxing, restful, or raindrops. You may find you really like chanting or perhaps no words at all. Have fun listening to the sounds as they sooth you.

Favorite childhood books can bring you fond memories.
Favorite childhood books can bring you fond memories.

6. Read Your Favorite Childhood Book

Sometimes it's hard to pay attention to the lengthy novel we are currently reading. A children's book or young adult novel is great because it is easy to read and usually brings back good memories. My favorite childhood book is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, I love the fairytale quality to it! A spooky or silly book would do just as well. Try a picture book with no words and make your own story up!

Drawing is very relaxing!
Drawing is very relaxing!

7. Draw Something

Stick figures count as drawing! It doesn't matter how awful you think you are. Try to make an abstract version of how you are feeling with crayons! Get your creative juices flowing and don't worry about the outcome. If drawing isn't your thing perhaps cutting out some images from junk mail and old magazines will inspire a collage!

Making a list can help you organize your thoughts and relax!
Making a list can help you organize your thoughts and relax!

8. Make a List

A list doesn't have to mean a to-do list of chores. This could be anything from a birthday list to a list of your top 10 future vacation spots! Lists are fun because they can be quick and easy to write. And since we are writing again anyway why not try a poem? Or a short story?

Watching movies is entertaining and it can help you sleep.
Watching movies is entertaining and it can help you sleep.

9. Have a Movie Marathon

Have a movie marathon with all of your old favorites or rent something new! Getting lost within the story of a movie is a great way to forget about how unpleasant you may be feeling. Choose your most loved genre whether its horror or a documentary...remind yourself that this is your time! Try to sip on some liquids throughout the film to remain hydrated.

Looking at old photographs can stoke fond memories.
Looking at old photographs can stoke fond memories.

10. Look at Photographs

It is a very popular trend to snap pictures of everything these days! Take a moment to pull out an old photo album or even go through your oldest pictures stored on your phone. You may find some wonderful memories that you didn't even know you had!

What is your favorite thing to do when home sick?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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      Tyrone Woodland 

      3 months ago

      Im sick now NO I DONT HAVE COVID19 its just a little cold. im plying my laptop hopping it will distract me from being sick while the rest of my family is at school on the PS4 or in bed like me... i need some sort of refresher or somthing. please help me

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      10 months ago

      Thanks this helped sooooooo much

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      18 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Aw, I hate that feeling. Sometimes, if you are tired and can't sleep, a body scan meditation may help. I hope you are able to get some rest and feel better soon!

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      a sick person 

      18 months ago

      I'm too tired to do any of these things but i still can't sleep D:

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you so much for your comment and vote! A stuffy nose today inspired me..hehe! Hopefully sick days will be turned into something special and not just another dreadful day. :)

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      8 years ago from London

      Very true that we miss work and other important activities as adults but for kids its fun being at home and sick !

      You have written very useful tips, great hub! Voted useful.


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