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3 Simple Ways to Help Sick Loved Ones Feel Better

Getting sick is the worst, don’t you agree? I don’t think I’ve known anyone who actually liked being sick. You’re hot and cold, run down and all out of sorts. Knowing how terrible I feel, I try to help sick loved ones. It’s so nice to be cared for, isn’t it?

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Obviously I take care of my husband and children when they are sick. They get soup and cuddles! The little ones also get their runny noses wiped for them. Cold and flu season means several friends and family members get sick. This year we’ve been pretty lucky though my daughter just came down with a cold the other day.

When my dad was really sick and had surgery last year, I did a lot to help him and my mom out. They always took care of me when I was sick, so it only seemed right. Since they don’t live real close, I stayed with them for a week in order to help with laundry, chores, grocery shopping, errands, and meals. It’s not always possible to do that much to help someone out, but there are small things we can do for others!

3 simple ways to help sick loved ones:

1. Call or write them. This is probably the most common one. Although not everyone will feel up to talking, it’s nice to know someone cared enough to check in! Get well cards, texts and emails are also appreciated.

2. Run errands for them. When I’m sick, the last thing I want to do is get dressed and go out in public. Offer to pick up prescriptions or any other odds or ends they may need from the store.

3. Give them a care package. This was my favorite thing in college, so why not make cold and flu care packages filled with Kleenex, chicken noodle soup, cough drops, hand sanitizer and some entertainment like a book, movie or crossword puzzle? Oh, and maybe some chocolate or candy, too. Now you can easily send one already put together with Kleenex Care Packs.

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Kleenex brand, America’s softest tissue*, knows that once one experiences the softness of Kleenex brand tissues, they will be eager to share it with other cold and flu sufferers, friends and strangers alike, as a way to show they care. This cold and flu season, make the care complete with a Kleenex Brand Care Pack, and together we’ll turn a seemingly-small gesture into something bigger, to make everyone feel better. Visit to learn more.

How do you make others feel better when they are ill? What do you want most when sick in bed?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kleenex via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kleenex.

Tahlia B.

Thursday 14th of February 2013

They're all nice sentiments, but calling is the most practical for me. Having to lug around your own kid(s) makes it harder to run errands and to honest, it draws the process for putting anything together out a little longer. Maybe it's just me?


Thursday 14th of February 2013

I remember being sick at camp once and my mom sent me a care package, it was so nice.

Jennifer Saarinen

Thursday 14th of February 2013

I wish I was able to get more rest when I'm sick, but there's no rest for a mommy. It would be nice to lay in bed and be brought everything I need to get better. A care package sounds wonderful.

Darcy Zalewski

Thursday 14th of February 2013

I know rest is hard to come by - I have 2 kids myself :) But knowing how nice it is to get a little extra care it's a great thing to extend to someone else!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

Thursday 14th of February 2013

I'm a HUGE care package sender too! My kids love them!

Darcy Zalewski

Thursday 14th of February 2013

They are so fun to get!

Shannon (The Mommy-Files)

Thursday 14th of February 2013

I love Kleenex! We always have it on hand and throughout the house. Thanks for sharing. :)

Darcy Zalewski

Thursday 14th of February 2013

Definitely our tissue of preference too!