You and bae practically went on a date to get a flu vaccine together. You鈥檝e both taken steps to stay away from germs at work. And yet, just like clockwork, your significant other falls victim to an illness 鈥 and being the supportive partner you are, it鈥檚 your turn to play doctor. Caring for a sick sweetie might feel like a tedious undertaking, but these seven tips will help you weather the storm together.

1. Ask them what they need. Some sick people want nothing more than to sequester themselves in a dark room until they emerge germ-free, while others prefer to be doted on at all hours of the day. No matter where your S.O. falls on this spectrum, ask them how they like to be taken care of. That way, you鈥檒l conserve energy and they can feel better sooner.

2. Don鈥檛 play doctor (unless, of course, you are one). WebMD can be your best friend and worst nightmare. If your boo is experiencing vague symptoms, don鈥檛 try and diagnose them yourself unless you鈥檙e actually licensed to do so. If they see a doctor, they can understand what鈥檚 going on and how to best get rid of their illness.

3. Get the necessary supplies. No matter what they鈥檝e come down with, a sick BF or GF automatically calls for a drug store run. Once you know what bug is getting them down, assemble the proper tools to treat it: Gatorade, ibuprofen, tissues, Nyquil, etc.

4. Stock up on favorite foods. While you鈥檙e out, also consider grabbing your honey鈥檚 favorite foods (if they鈥檙e allowed to eat them). Food might not be a cure-all for medical symptoms, but it鈥檚 practically guaranteed to raise spirits. Plus, sick people need to eat too!

5. Make them a care package. If their illness really has your babe down in the dumps, consider making a 鈥渃are package鈥 (hand delivered by you, of course!) with all their favorite things. If you two are in a LDR, actually mailing a care package is a great way to express your sympathy and brighten your boo鈥檚 day from miles away.

6. Give them a little space. Even if your S.O. falls in the 鈥渟tay my by side 24/7鈥 category of sick people, be sure to give them their space to heal. In addition to treatment and medication, most bugs simply take a little bit of TLC, sleep, and time to get better. While they鈥檙e sick, set boundaries on your time together to let them sleep and rest so they can return to normal ASAP.

7. Take care of yourself too. You can鈥檛 help your partner heal if you鈥檙e sick too. While taking care of them, be sure to maintain your own eating, fitness, and sleep schedule to ensure that you don鈥檛 end up in the same sickly boat as them.

How do you care for sick loved ones? Let us know @BritandCo!

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