Best Things to Do While Home Sick

Too sick to be productive? Too sick to go to work, or just can't do it today. There are a few of my favorite things to do whilst stuck in bed, sick.

The Top Ten

1 Sleep

Cold and flu symptoms can keep you from getting a good night's rest when you need it.
Be lazy. Avoid doing anything that requires a lot of energy. Stay at home for a day or two and sit and stay down. Sit on the sofa, uncurl and watch a movie or the news. Or go online and watch videos on YouTube or update your status on Facebook. Lie on the couch or in your bed and read a book. Find a way that you can stay entertained while sitting or lying down. Take naps. Although you may have trouble sleeping regularly, when you're sick you tend to get tired more often. In the middle of the day, whenever you feel tired, have a warm cup of milk, get in bed and catch up on your beauty sleep. When you wake up you'll probably feel more refreshed than before.
Don't let anybody bother you when you're sleeping or relaxing.
Keep all of your lights off if you are trying to rest.

For me, there is no better way to forget you're sick than to enter dreamland, and pretend you're not, at least for a little while.


I don't want to have the cold I have on my birthday since it is next week, and that happened to me 2 years ago and I felt better before my 12th birthday and I am almost 14 and I get the amount of sleep I need. - AyHaq

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2 Take Medicine

Did it and threw up

How else will you get better?

What if your not allowed

Cough drops

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3 Drink Chicken Broth

I like to dip my saltine crackers into my chicken broth.

yah that always makes me feel better

Preferably with Saltine crackers.

I like to drink some soup it makes me feel better

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4 Eat Soup With Saltine Crackers

True it always good to eat soup when sick - trains45

I think this was said already


5 Eat Saltine Crackers

I don't care if I have a cold, or the flu, or food poisoning, nothing feels better, or tastes better than those plain, stupid crackers. I call them sick crackers. Can't eat them 360 days a year, but those 4-5 or so days I'm sick, I'm all over that.

I love saltine crackers

That's the same thing my mom does and I tell her that why I have to eat them can't I eat something else

I eat them all the time whether I'm sick or not, these are like the God of crackers

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6 Read

Another thing that is perfect to do while you are sick, that you might not be able to enjoy as much of when life is in full swing.

When I'm sick and have nothing active to do, there's no greater time for the geek within to live vicariously through the characters I read of.

Reading a little on the stuff the teacher is talking about in the classes you miss while staying home is a grear way to stay updated, motivating myself to do it.. Is something else

Whether it's your favorite picture book from when you where a kid or a chapter book you've read 5 times already just sit down with a hot beverage and read

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7 Drink Tons of Soup

Unless its homemade or something most processed soup (basically all) are bad for u so I don't suggest having too much or u could do damage

I'm home sick and so I had chicken noodle soup for lunch and dinner. It never gets old!

I love chicken soup 🍲 and saltines very good it made me feel better and I drink cranberry juice

8 Play Video Games

I believe that video games are very beneficial to a person if they are sick... For example, they can get your mind off of your pain (not advised if your head hurts), and they also give you a source of entertainment in which does not require much physical movement.

I would always play video games because it gets my mined of of being sick

Halo 4. All you need.

I can do this anywhere any time

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9 Masturbate

Hey, it releases dopamine into the brain, which is relaxing and can lead to sleep, why wouldn't you do it?

You know you've been wanting to do it and now you have time, so go for it!

Masturbating always makes me feel better!

I'd love to (it's what I've been trying to do all day), but I have a hard time getting erect when I'm uncomfortable with a fever. It's not easy.

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10 Take a Bath/Bubble Bath

I'm nine and bubble baths are fun its like sleeping in a warm blanket but with bubbles and water! I always but my swimming Ariel doll and my MY LITTLE PONIES its really fun

Because I'm sick and lonely and I wish I had friends to do the other stuff on this list with.

I know it doesn't, but I always feel like a bath makes me feel better, at least for a little while. I guess if you have a head cold the steam might be good for your sinuses.

When I'm sick, I love to take the ultimate relaxing bubble bath. It opens my sinuses, well the heat does. It makes me feel better, especially when I have a cold.

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The Contenders

11 Crafts

Making little animals from foam, felt and pipe cleaner (or "chenile stem" I should say) is a lot of fun! Also if you can sew and have a sewing machine that is a lot of fun too.


Sometimes there's a small craft you can do that you enjoy on your lap, or whilst relaxing. knitting, drawing, making jewelry... Things that get pushed by the wayside when "regular life" is around, being all demanding.

I think crafts are a great way to get your spirits high!

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12 Chill



13 Have a Movie Marathon

Love Harry Potter, but haven't seen them all in a really long time, put em in? Terminator 1 - Salvation? Go for it. It's your day, and if you fall asleep while watching movies, that's ok too.

When I'm sick like when I have a cold I grab a Walmart bag, tissues, a nice big glass of sprite, slippers, and watch Harry potter, Merlin (thank you bbc), or maybe a classic Disney movie that will make you think aw how cute

Movies are the best thing to do when you are sick! Relax on the couch drink ginger ale and eat crackers!

That's what I love to do while I'm sick like, I just watched all the twighlight saga. But, with all ten reasons I love this one the most even though I love to play video games, I don't want to contaminate the controllers and make everybody else sick too.

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14 Get Other People to Do Stuff For You

You're sick, after all, remember?

Unfortunately when you're all better and you keep on faking illness your parents will be suspicious

I love doing this! I mean, they don't listen to me most of the time, but it's entertaining, therefore it's worth it... You know?

That's cool but what I like to do is make up some stupid idea and make them listen to it

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15 Lay Down With An Animal Pet

They always sit next to you and they never leave your side. Pets also know when your sick so they already come over to sit next to you.

My pet, Clover is so cute and when I snuggle with him for awhile and pet him for at least 1 hour when I get up he follows me.

When I'm sick my cat and dog lay next to me. It makes me feel better...

Yup I have my puppy and a fleece blanket right here with me and that's all I need to feel better.

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16 Throw Up

Gross but true

I love doing this

Yuck but do it

I did that yesterday and it was so grose

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17 Watch Crazy YouTube Videos

They help me forget about my illness

Oh yeah. I do this when I'm not sick laugh out loud.

Oh my gosh I love watching YouTube it totally lifts my spirits when I watch cats try to jump really high and then there's that one moment of truth where you think they are going to make it but just end up falling on the floor. -#Guiltypleasure

Yeah, it is extremely fun. Thank you

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18 Lie in Bed Eating Pineapple


Yes. pineapple.

19 Make a Pillow and Blanket Fort, Turn On the Tv, Put On Some Headphones, and Read

I'm literally doing this right now and also dm me on ig because it kinda boring just sat in here@nathalie_burns2007

I have just done it! A little frustrating at first because my blanket didn't stay in place but I made it work and now in the corner of my room I have a place with loads of pillows and soft stuff and I'm sitting in it right now watching YouTube because YouTube makes me feel better! Except when I have a headache...

WatCh wHat pUrpLe she doEs on a nOrmAl dAy

Not aloud to make a fort unless friends are over because I will never clean it up.

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20 Lay Down With Lots of Stuffed Animals

And baby blankets

There cute cuddly and in my opinion is just think stuffed animals re relaxing when I'm sick for those reasons you should lay down with. Lots of plush animal

For the person two quotes down, you do whatever you would like! Your dad sounds very insecure. Pity him, do what helps you!

Yep I have like tons of stuffed animals and they are so soft and warm I snuggle with them on rainy and cold days

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21 Watch Bad TV

Ok watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians to see what the hell the show is about.

Whether it's just because it's your guilty pleasure, you want to fall asleep but need something to do it to, or there's nothing on, sometimes watching bad tv is cathartic.

Jeremy kyle for 3 days straight.

Channel 4 between 9am - 12 am there is some great things on frasier, hotel hell, kitchen nightmares and undercover boss USA I highly recommended this

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22 Search Online for What to Do

I literally got to this sight because I was looking for things to do when your sick lol

Curl up on the couch with a good book and spend the day reading a good book and drinking tea.

I do this even when I'm not sick because I get bored a lot

I do this all the time especially today since I'm sick

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23 Look Up Stuff You Wanna Get for Christmas or B-day

My birthday may be 6 months away, but when I looked up stuff for my birthday, I felt healthy again. I also found a ton of good toys! It really works!

I really like looking up stuff for my Birthday, Easter and Christmas. Whoever wrote this thank-you

What if your not allowed to look at things for Christmas until it is like December I know I'm not allowed

I going to do this for sure thanks so much!

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24 Sew

Sewing is fine just as long as you don't stab yourself with the needle laugh out loud

Yay sewing is a good way to eat your way out of a popcorn castle it also is a very fast way to make turtle friends

This is a long process because it isn't easy to sew as I know when I first started.. It would take hours and hours and probably days to sew with your hand and fabric let alone if u have a sewing machine, that takes hours too as I know from experience.. The easiest thing I would say is to make a scrunchie but your gonna need elastics and fabrics so

I don't know how to sew because I'm only 8

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25 Play a Board Game With Friends

What if your house is too small for friends to come round or what if your sick and it is school or just know one will play with you...i poorly and my family won't play a bored game with me so I doubt people will play with you

I'm an only child! Thanks, but what if there's no one around? Any other Ideas?

I wouldn't like to get my friends sick

I'm an only child and I would hate to get my friends sick to

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26 Make Origami

I love making origami it is always so fun!

Origami is a great way to pass the time. If you don't have an inkling on how to make origami, look it up on the net!
If you do not Have Origami paper there are some origami pieces that you can do with regular printer paper

Yah origami tastes yummy and is especially explosive

What if u don't have coloured paper? Huh huh huh?

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27 Poop Your Pants

An excellent way to get your mind off being sick. If you thought your sense of smell was blocked because of that stuffy nose, think again!

Why would this help after there sick? Don't you want it to go away



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28 Draw a Picture

Love It! It will never fail to get you laughing at your art skills... Or applauding them!

That is if you can draw without becoming frustrated that is if you can't draw well.

I like to draw I love anything artistic so this takes your mind off everything

29 Make Simple Gifts

Giving handmade Gifts to all your friends and teachers is a nice way to take your mind off being sick

Cool idea thanks I love crafts too

30 Stay in bed, and look up random things on the net

All the time for me

This is pretty much what I always do when I'm sick..It simply takes your mind off the pain(if you have any, haha)


31 Ask People What to Do

I've done this for an hour or so, and it's SUPER FUN! I swear, I wish I was sick more often now. It's extremely interesting to see what others enjoy when they're sick at home (and possibly bedridden) just like you. Or, at least, it is to me.

I get told off for asking that

32 Watch Television

Always works for me
It gets my mind of things
Makes me feel all better
I can do this any time any place and were
Every time Me and my mom watch T. V together

We done that for two days days

Its really a great show try it

Full house marathon for me!

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33 Eat Until You Can't Anymore

If you have a sore throat eat something soft like eggs or fruit. My main diet for the last couple of days has been watermelon.

What if you can't swallow because your throat is soar

I love to eat until I drop, sometimes I go crazy with my favorites!

What if your not allowed to eat when your sick

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34 Draw Something

I love drawing moari art

35 Have Hot Cocoa

Good for being sick in WINTER

They help your soar throat

36 Listen to Music

I love this because it helps you relax


37 Crank Up Some Music

lolz, I do this when I'm sick home, lmao, or sleep too, MICHAEL JACKSON, yea that kind of music, hee hee, lol - SmoothCriminal

What if your not allowed because your stepladder is really strict?!

I would crank up some music but my dad is asleep. Thanks for the idea

What if you have a headache

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38 Say a Word Until It Loses Its Meaning

I do this all the time with the word "Scrabble" laugh out loud

Hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi... What does it mean again?

Once I only got through it twice once

I do it all the time

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39 Complain to People About Your Illness

If I do that my mom gets mad at me and blames my lifestyle >:(

What the hell dude what if all the people lnow then :/

It's good because then people will feel bad for you then you can get a lot of cool stuff

My girlfriend likes to complain even when she is not sick!

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40 Write a Story

Writing will clear your mind and let you think clearly. It can express as you feel being sick or you can create a fantasy for yourself

Too much work, and its hard to think clearly when your sick.. You just wanna rest and not think up some story,

It will be too hard too if your sick

Got it published

41 Daydream

Daydreaming helps and you can reflect on life or play a little movie in your head.

I love daydreaming

Lets go to ooh-la-la-land ahhh so relaxing...

42 Do Your Makeup

Make yourself feel pretty

But your sick

That is a really good Idea

I hate makeup. No offense.

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43 Try Not to Think of Unicorns

It's flipping impossible

As a horse mask owner, I highly agree with this sentiment.

It's so hard I try it

Not gonna work

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44 Go On Facebook

Read other peoples problems get your mind off your own

I can't not allowed when I'm sick

You don't say?

45 Look at Old Photos

Love to look at pics

Not sure

46 Text Friends

I can't because their all in school

I do that because they always have so thing funny to say

What if its gross?

There all in school!

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47 Stare at the Celling

It helps me reflect on life and think deep thoughts and cookie cake.

Works for falling asleep too

It works be live it or not

48 Write a Song

This is a really good way of beating off sickness!

Even worse, you don't wanna think when your sick!

It will be hard if your sick

49 Count As High As You Can

U will get bored after like 20 seconds

What if I don't count good

50 Paint Your Nails

Not allowed to have nails painted at school and to be honest you will probably be going to school the next day

I love painting my nails when I'm sick because it makes me feel prettiest in the house

I don't have to take it off I go to public school

Then your probs gonna have to take it off soon anyways for school.

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