When you’re off sick from school, the last thing you want to think about is school work. The main thing to do is get yourself better, but you might also get a bit bored of lying about on the sofa, feeling ill. If you feel up to it, you can spend the day productively, so you can do something that’ll help you when you go back to school (or even in the future)! However, your number one priority is to get yourself better first, so let’s have a look at that.
1. If you can, get as much sleep as possible. Sleep is the body’s best time to get itself better – because you’re not up and about, or doing anything in fact, the body can focus on making you feel better.
2. Make yourself a lot of hot drinks. People older than you might suggest making a honey and lemon drink, and the steam soothes your throat. Camomile and green tea is also good. If you feel like enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, go ahead, but make sure it’s not too gritty so it doesn’t irritate your throat.
3. Take a hot bath. As with the hot drinks, the steam will help you, and the warmth of the water will help your muscles relax. Be careful not to fall asleep, though!
4. Watch the news. The news can be depressing, but with all that’s going on in the world, it might be worth keeping up. It doesn’t take much to flip onto a news channel, plus you might learn something.
5. Read a book. It might be a bit hard to motivate yourself to pick up a book, but novels and stories are absolutely fantastic once you get into them. You don’t need an internet connection, and you can read it in bed as well – it’ll help you sleep.
6. Video games aren’t exactly productive, but they are a good way to while away the hours. I was ill for a week once and played the Sims – by the end of the week my character worked in a Drive-Thru, and my cat was the Chief Income Earner. Wow, what a week!
7. As well as watching the news, the TV can be educational. In the middle of the day, they sometimes show educational programmes for other kids who are off sick, like you! I will always remember “El Nombre” who would count numbers in the sand.
8. But of course, if you don’t feel up to it, you can watch your favourite TV series to help you relax. Some series you can watch for days on end.
9. If you’re not too ill, being off sick can be a good time to work on a hobby, like sewing or drawing. It’s a distraction, and practice always makes perfect!
10. Last but not least, being ill is a good time to spend time by yourself. The pressures of work/school can get a bit much sometimes, and it’s nice to have a little bit of “me time”.
Hopefully you’ll now have some ideas next time you’re ill, or even if you’re bored one weekend!
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