When you have a family member or friend who is dealing with a health issue, it is important to keep their spirits up. It's worth recognizing their frustrations and that not all of your efforts to lift their spirits are going to be met with gratitude and enthusiasm. Does that mean you shouldn't try? Of course not.
How you feel mentally and emotionally does affect how you recover physically. So when you're looking to brighten the day of someone who's not feeling too "up", make sure you have strings to your bow.
1. Keep To The Classics, Not The ClichesMany people will bring flowers to someone recovering in hospital, particularly if that someone is female. Other common gifts include chocolates and, for some reason, grapes or a fruit basket. None of these are bad gifts per se. However, it's worth judging the situation. Someone recovering from stomach flu might not welcome baked goods.
2. Reduce Their Boredom!
If you've ever endured a stay in hospital, you'll know how tedious the situation can get. Maybe you have a TV in your room, maybe you don't. Maybe you're charged for the use of that TV. It's more than probable that the hospital Wi-Fi is expensive. An absorbing book or a stack of well-chosen magazines will be a very welcomed distraction.
3. Don't Be Afraid To Get Childish
Hospitals are serious places. They have to be, given the situations that they have to handle on a daily basis. Striking a balance between ensuring serious things are dealt with and lightening the mood isn't easy.
Every doctor will tell you that keeping the patient's spirits up is important. So a marching band might be insensitive, but balloon delivery is a simple gift that can cheer up a friend instantly. It can show them you're thinking positive thoughts for them and add a bit of fun. This works all the better if the patient is an actual child, but any adult will love the chance of pace balloons bring.
It's also important when you're organizing a gift for a convalescing friend that you make sure your own mood is right. Many people visit friends in the hospital and take with them a mood that is overly somber. No one's expecting you to cartwheel into the place singing show tunes, but frowns and hushed tones will make them feel worse. Moods are infectious, so try to bring a positivity to whatever you do for your friend.