Different Ways To Cheer Up A Friend Who Is Sick

Most people think it rude to even question sickroom etiquette, but the truth is that since our societies have moved on from village-style, close-knit communities, many do not know how to behave beside an invalid, let alone how to cheer them up. Once you have actually made the visit, draw up a chair beside them and indulge in the below activities, according to your friend’s preference:

Take them Flowers

Taking flowers to a hospital is a significant gesture in many cultures. Countries like Germany and Japan that have a ‘language of flowers’ even have unwritten rules for which flowers to take. Either order flowers online Dubai so that they will be delivered by the time you visit, or buy them on your way. Bright, colourful flowers will brighten the atmosphere and hopefully, cheer your friend up in the process. Ask them which flowers they would prefer or if they don’t have a preference, take something you feel they will like. If they are flower connoisseurs, be careful about what you choose. Remember to check with your friend before you take them however; she/he may be allergic.

Do Some Arts and Crafts

This is especially true if you are visiting a child. Children hate to be cooped up in one place, so engaging in some activity will make them feel better about having to stay in one place. Find some easy DIY crafts online and take the necessary material with you: use the flowers you brought to do flower arrangements Dubai; take some colouring books (adult colouring books if necessary) and crayons or colour pencils and colour together; take origami and learn to fold paper cranes. Whatever you do, try to create something positive and remember to keep up encouraging comments and feedback. Avoid crafts that will create a mess as your friend may not have permission to have a bath to clean up afterwards. Glitter is an absolute no-no.

Explore a Story

Some patients prefer to simply lay back and rest but others need to have voices around them. Reading is a perfect activity for them; you can take their favourite book and read aloud while they listen, or you can both read together in companionable silence. For most patients, the book itself does not matter – they like the sound of the voice. So don’t worry too much about what book you are reading to them or even if/when they fall asleep – you have just done them a favour. Avoid stories with miserable endings or too many deaths in the plot before you come to the happy ending. If you are reading to a child, change voices and act our certain scenes.