What Does Your Big Boy Need When He is Low?
He Needs Love and Attention
Men act like big babies when they’re sick. Based on the way they complain and whine, you’d think they have a deadly disease, but you’ll eventually realize it’s just the man-flu. If your boyfriend is sick, he will probably revert to child-like state and look for love and attention from you. Men look for sympathy; they want you to look them in the eye, hold their hands and tell them that they’re not going to die.
However, recent research has proven that man-flu does exist. Turns out that when men get sick they really do feel worse than women do. According to the research carried out by Dr. Amanda Ellison, men run a higher temperature and feel rougher when they down with the flu. Next time your boyfriend is unwell, remember that he might be having it worse, and just focus on pampering him.
He Will Turn into a Baby, Indulge Him
When your boyfriend is sick, be it a simple cold or because he’s got a stomach bug, you will want to take care of him and comfort him. He might be exaggerating it a little bit and act like a big baby, but you’ll earn major points if you go out of your way and be there for him. Because what all men want when they are sick is to be molly coddled. Indulge him and pamper him, even if he’s acting like he’s got the black plague when it’s just a minor cold.
Drop by his house to hand him a tissue, fluff his pillow or check his temperature. Get your mom to make your favourite soup for him or you could stop by his house with the class notes. Just be there for him and he’ll definitely appreciate the fact that you went out of your way to help him and look after him.
A Good Massage
As mentioned before, recent research says that men do have it a little rougher than women do. According to the research conducted by Amanda Ellison, men have more fluctuations in body temperature, fever and signs of inflammation will be higher, and they take longer to recover than women do. Your boyfriend will definitely appreciate a good head massage or a nice back rub that will help him feel better. Not only will he feel comforted, he’ll also feel loved and pampered during this trying time for him. You can try eucalyptus-scented oil to help him breathe better.
Be Patient With Him
When men get sick the whole world knows about it. While women stuff Kleenex up their nose and go about their business, while men lie on their beds bemoaning their illness. Offer to help – your boyfriend will definitely appreciate it. Most men get cranky; they require constant attention, lots of cooing and superhuman quantities of patience – just be patient with him. Take soup for him, constantly keep in touch with him, or take movie night to him. Just be there for him and he’ll realize you’re a keeper.
5 Affectionate Gifts Ideas to Soothe Your Sick Boyfriend
Handmade Get Well Soon Goodies
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but when you’re unwell brownies will definitely make everything better. Handmade Get Well Brownie Pops will make your boyfriend feel like million bucks. The delicious brownie pops are hand-dipped and decorated to resemble a doctor, nurse, doctor’s bag, medicine and a stethoscope. Your boyfriend will never be this thrilled by a visit to the doctor. Get this handmade chocolate brownie pop from Gifts for Rs.1,950. You can also pop into your local bakery and look for something he loves to gift him.
Video Games Gift Card
If your boyfriend loves to game and he is getting bored stuck in bed due to ill-health, why not cheer him up with a video game gift card. He can use this as he wants - whether its to buy new games, software, upgradations anything at all. You, of course, will need to know how he games, whether it's on Xbox or on PlayStation or on Steam. If he rather plays on mobile, you can get him a Google Play gift card. If for example he is on Steam, then you can buy him a Steam Giftcard that he can redeem as he wants. Value starts at Rs. 320.
Wellness Gift Basket
Eating poorly when you’re sick will only make you sicker. Your boyfriend will need good nutrition so that his body can respond to germy invaders quickly and efficiently. In order to get well better, get this Healthy Sweetheart - Gift Hamper from Natures Basket. Make sure he eats healthy with these treats packed with flavour and essential nutrients like oats biscuts, honey, and makhana pops. This basket is available on Natures Basket for Rs.1,569.
- Fruit Crunch Jackfruit 28G
- Roasted Jalapeno Makhana Pops 80G
- Chocolate Crunch Rocks 200G
- Tulsi Honey 300 Gm
- Chocolate Chunk Nut 240Gm
- Hobnobs Crunchy Oats 300G
Flowers and Fruit
Hippocrates once said, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." Food can do much more than just provide energy. When you’re sick eating the right food is very important. And fruits have all the nutrients and energy you require to get better soon. Send your boyfriend roses along with a Fresh Fruit Basket and he’ll not only get better but he’ll also feel loved and cherished. This set comes with 12 red roses and 3 kilos of fruits, get it delivered to your boyfriend from India Gift for Rs.1,699.
A Pet Rock
Get your boyfriend a pet to keep him company when he’s sick – we’re not talking about the attention-loving living things, we’re talking about a pet rock! If your boyfriend hates pets or is allergic to them, a pet rock is perfect to keep him company when he’s sick. The good thing about this pet rock is that it need not be fed, bathed, walked or groomed. He will be thoroughly entertained with caring for this calming and charming pet rock. The package comprises a pet carrier box, the pet rock and also comes with a detailed instruction manual on how to care for your pet. You can buy it from Oye Happy for Rs.590.
Get Well Soon Card
Apart from the bitter medicines prescribed by your doctor, your hugs and kisses will go a long way in making your boyfriend feel much better. Wish him speedy recovery with this personalised Get Well Soon Card. This Personal Love Filled Prescriptions Card, available on Gift Cart, will definitely put a huge smile on his face. You can personalise it by getting your personal message printed on the card. A heartfelt message from you will score brownie points with your boyfriend; get it today for just Rs.249.
Sweet Things to Do with Sick Boyfriend
Binge on Movies
When your boyfriend is sick in bed he is going to get absolutely bored and cranky, driving not only himself up the wall, but others around him too. Organise a movie night for him – surprise him with all the latest movies he’s wanted to watch. If he’s not too contagious, curl up next to him and watch all the movies together and keep him company. He’ll appreciate that you dropped by with all his favourite movies and for taking his mind off his illness. While you’re at it, you could probably make him some hot cocoa or ginger tea to help make him feel better.
Make Him Healing Soup
If your boyfriend is sick he probably feels like he’s been hit by a truck. His limbs will ache, his throat will be sore, and his nose will be congested. There’s only one thing to sort it all out – soup. A hot soup can help alleviate cold symptoms in anyone. Drop by his house with a big bowl of soup and he’ll instantly feel better. Get your mom’s cold-busting soup recipe or you could make one of the recipes available online. Your boyfriend will consider himself lucky to have a caring girlfriend like you who makes hot soup for him when he’s sick. You can try this healing recipe from Veg Corner.
Flu-Fighter Garlic Soup
What you need
- A large onion, chopped
- 1 big carrot, finely chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 mushrooms, chopped
- ¼ cup coriander, finely chopped
- 1 cup kale, chopped
- ½ cup lentils, rinsed and drained
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- a pinch of turmeric powder
- 6 cups water, or vegetable broth
- salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste
- Heat the oil in a deep pot and saute onions and garlic with the turmeric and chilli flakes. Add the carrots and mushrooms and fry for about 2 minutes.
- Add the lentils, water, or broth if you are using, coriander and cook for about 20 minutes, or till lentils are soft. Season with salt and pepper.
- Switch off the flame before stirring in the kale and serve hot.
If your boyfriend is sick, he’s most likely not going to be able to do any of the household chores. All his laundry, cooking and cleaning is going to be left as it is. Even if he has help, there will be several things that need to be taken care of, such as buying groceries, paying his bills and so on. Since you can’t do anything about his cold, you could offer to help him with the household chores. He’ll feel pampered and cared for when you offer to help, especially with something as mundane as doing laundry, cooking and cleaning the house or simply tidying up. If the home space is clean light up some therapeutic essential oil diffusers to make him feel better.
Cuddle With Him
Research shows that hugs have the power to heal, especially when life feels out of control. And right now, your boyfriend probably feels like life is out of control because he’s down with the man flu. Your boy deserves the best care, and there’s nothing a hug from you can’t fix. It’ll cheer him up if you just hold him and pat his back.
Bring College Notes For Him
If your boyfriend is down with the flu he is probably behind on his class work. He’ll be missing his class work for a few days if he’s terribly sick. Drop by his house with his class work and help him with it if possible. Since you know he’s going to be missing classes, take detailed notes so that it’s easier for him to understand when he returns to classes. Your boy is going to be very appreciative because you went out of your way to help and keep him updated with school work.
Look After Your Sick Boyfriend and Your Relationship Will Grow
As in most relationship, if you’re there for each through thick and thin, your relationship will grow by leaps and bounds. If you look after your boyfriend, even if it’s a small gesture like sending a get well card, it could mean a lot to him. It shows him that you love him and care about his wellbeing. Make the effort to just be there for him, comfort him and give him lots of love.
Patience and Kindness
Being sick is one of the most awful feelings in the world. Think back to the times you have been unwell and all that you craved at the time and try fulfill those needs for your boyfriend. Sometimes the person is too sick to appreciate small treats and gifts, your boyfriend may be irritable, snap at everyone and not be fun to be around in general. Think of ways to soothe and comfort him, and no matter how crabby he gets, don't take it personally, it is just a reflection of how miserable he is feeling.