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Cath's top three tips for self care when looking after sick children

Seriously, will this winter ever end!? I don't actually mind the temperatures but the endless childcare colds are killing me! Caring for sick children can really take it out of you and inevitably you'll be sick too, but the quicker you can bounce back the easier it will be to handle the next lurgy. So here's my top self care tips when caring for a sick bub.

1. Help

If there's any way you can get help from family members do it. Maybe it's help with pick up or drop off, or a dinner (we love ordering from Let Lulu when we need some pm dinner help) or,my favourite, someone coming over to help fold the washing (thanks mum!). When I'm in survival mode I can easily forget to ask for help, or to look out for ways to share the load, but having my parents help out at night time a few times a week has been a life saver for me.

In times of real crisis, friends of ours have set up Gather My Crew, an online rostering tool to help schedule the practical help you need from your ‘Crew Members’ (friends, family, neighbours and colleagues). Your ‘Crew’ can then decide when and how they will help - think grabbing groceries, picking kids up from school, packing lunches, filling the car with petrol or running a load of washing.

2. Early to bed, minimal screen time

I'm often in bed early (co-sleeping and feeding to sleep will do that for you!) but I often get caught up in the world of Instagram or work emails and that can set my sleep time back hours. If I head to bed, spritz some Vitruvi Sleep face and body mist on my pillow and face, and listen to a podcast, I'll be asleep in no time. For at least an hour or two anyway until sick bub wakes me for the next feed...

3. Alone time

Even if it's just long enough for a shower, getting some solid minutes on your own is gold. Particularly when you've had a clingy sick child stuck to you for hours and hours. I've been using essential oils in the shower to destress and it feels like such a quick luxury. The ECO. modern essentials Calm & Destress Essential Oil Blend is a fave at the moment - it combines a blend of essential oils (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Fusanus Spicatus Wood (Sandalwood) Oil) to help melt away stress and calm and soothe mind and body.

If you're reading this you've probably been going through some sickness in your house too so tell us, what are your top tips for self care to get through illness?

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  • Aug 30, 2017

    Love your tips Cath! The one thing I always tell my friends, particularly those who are Mums and used to sacrificing themselves for others so that it becomes second nature: “fit your own oxygen mask first”. It’s like we need permission to NOT run ourselves into the ground. This one works a treat, as most women know that if they fall over, the rest of the household goes down too :)

    — Amanda

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