How do you practice good self-care when you’re sick? Over the last week, I’ve been slowly shedding those piles of blankets I’ve been under and returning to the real world (I’d forgotten how much a cold can just zap you of ALL energy!), and I’ve realized there’s a whole host of must-dos!! Sure, there are the obvious things, like keep up your fluids and get plenty of rest, but I’ve found it’s also important to take care of yourself mentally as well. My best remedy?? Classic ’90s TV movies, of course!
Last week, I found the Switched At Birth TV movie from 1991 on YouTube, and it miraculously made my cold suddenly manageable! The movie tells the real-life story of the Mays and Twiggs, two couples whose daughters were switched at birth in a Florida hospital in 1978. It’s riveting and heartbreaking and thought-provoking all at once.
I was completely obsessed with this movie as a kid!!! Seriously, I probably watched it (on VHS!) 100 times and never tired of it once; I could still recite the dialogue even though I haven’t seen the movie in decades! Part of the reason I liked it so much is probably because I identified so much with one of the girls, Arlena, who was born with a serious heart defect and spent her childhood in and out of the hospital. Even at 10, I could spot the similarities in our lives — that’s sort of cool when you think about it, isn’t it? That something like a simple TV movie could move me so much at such a young age, you know?
What are your go-to movies or TV shows when you’re sick, friends? Are there any that you tend to watch over and over? Which ones are your favorites or bring you the most joy? I’d love to hear your recommendations! xoxo