How can you make your move easier – when you’re sick? Whether you have strep, a cold, the flu, or another virus, illness can add an extra challenge to moving day. Take a look at the top tips to stay healthy and smooth your sick-day move.
Visit the Doctor First
Do you have a cold, the flu, or something else? If you don’t already have a doctor’s diagnosis, you need one before your move day. Not only can your medical provider prescribe medication (if needed) and offer suggestions for a speedy recovery, but they can help you to understand if and how you can spread your illness to others. This is especially important for anyone who isn’t a solo mover.
If your medical provider feels you’re too sick to move or you’re extremely contagious, you may need to postpone your moving day. While this isn’t ideal, it’s an important step towards your (and everyone else’s) health. Contact your moving company and anyone else who a move day change may affect immediately. Explain the situation and discuss a workable alternative plan.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Put the temptation to stay up late packing and preparing to bed. Rest is a crucial part of your illness recovery. Even though you may have a lengthy to-do list, don’t allow the moving process to interfere with your sleep schedule. A good night’s sleep can help you to fight off infection and make it less likely your move will result in a fatigue-related accident or injury.
Ask for Help
A solo move is never easy. Add on an illness and you may not have the ability to handle the entire process by yourself. If you haven’t already hired a professional mover, now is the time to do so. While short notice isn’t ideal, it’s possible a moving contractor may have an almost-immediate opening.
What should you do if the mover can’t accommodate your short-notice schedule? In this case, you have a few options. You could ask friends or family to help. But if they aren’t available (or they’re sick too), you may need to postpone your moving date. This gives you added time to hire a moving contractor.
If you’ve already hired professional movers, you may still need additional help. Anyone who is extremely contagious or doesn’t feel well enough to organize and lift boxes, bags, bins, and other items, may need assistance from friends and family. Choose a trusted adult to take your place and direct the move for you.
Take Breaks as Needed
A mild illness or the tale-end of a more serious sickness may leave you with enough energy to help the movers on your big day. Even though you feel well enough to organize your household items or carry a few boxes, you could still tire quickly. Save your energy and take breaks as needed. If you feel tired or dizzy, stop what you’re doing and rest.
Hydration is key to fighting off most types of illnesses. The additional exertion of a move may increase the dehydration risk during or immediately following an illness. Don’t pack your water bottle. Keep it with you and refill it often. If your old or new home doesn’t have a water supply during the move, plan ahead and buy or bottle enough water for the entire day.
It’s easy to skip a meal or two when you’re in the middle of packing. But a healthy diet can also help to fight off disease. Eat plenty of protein, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. If you’re short on time, pack a sandwich or pre-cook a healthy alternative to fast-food meals.