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49 Things To Do When You Are Sick, in Bed and Bored

49 Things to Do When You Are Sick, in Bed and Bored text on a white square. Background is a close up photograph of rumbled when and navy-striped linen bed sheets. At the bottom Grace Quantock's green and gold milagro logo and gracequantock.com in white font.


1. Try not to think about penguins – there you are smiling now aren’t you?

2. Explore on Google earth – check out your neighbourhood, or you know, Paraguay.

3. Adventure into space. It’s amazing, such a privilege. Click and marvel.

4. Read a book, use your time to learn something.

5. Take a trip around the world. Who knew South Africa can look similar to California?

6. Write a haiku. Text it to your friend.

7. Write a card or letter to someone.

8. Email an author you admire and share how their work has moved you.

9. Call up someone and speak for 15 minutes – just chat.

I used to do this all the time back in the days before mobile phones were common. When I was waiting at train or coach stations – and that happened a lot – it was 20 pence in the pay phone to talk to someone for 15 minutes. So I’d take my little pink phone book with me, look up someone’s number, hang out in the phone box and get them to amuse me for 15 minutes. It was never less than delightful.

10. Read old etiquette manuals.

11. Take a class from a world famous university, from your bed, for free.

12. Visit the Louvre or Versailles virtually.

13. Go to Italy or Spain for the day – listen to the music, read about the country, look at maps, eat food inspired by the area.

14. Read a novel. Try one from my top ten list here.

15. Write something.

16. Get a foot massage or pedicure. Call a mobile therapist, swap with your partner or do it yourself! If none of these is an option how about an online role play?

17. Use a head massager.

18. Day dream.

19. Sing.

20. Log off Facebook.

21. Cut up magazines and make a collage with love and far too much glue.

22. Make artist trading cards

23. Make Soul Collage cards

24. Learn a new word each day.

25. Take a foot bath if you can’t take a full bath, add bubbles or oils and soak.

26. Grow indoor veggies.

27. Make your own comic book

28. Dream up your ideal milkshake/smoothie recipe.

29. Watch childhood cartoons on youtube.

30. Write in your journal.

31. Get dressed up.

32. Take a picture every hour.

33. Set a small budget and browse Etsy.

34. Do origami.

35. Make a Pinterest board.

36. Flick through the dictionary, read and keep reading – what is a dodecahedron? The definition of a whippersnapper?

37. Take a nap.

38. Listen to an audio book. Check out Project Gutenberg for free options

39. Skype people to connect ‘face to face’.

40. Try out a telescope if you have one.

41. Set up a cool bag by your bed and fill it with healthy snacks – carrot sticks, kale chips, green juice, sliced apples and almond butter, raw pasta and pesto. And yummy drinks like smoothies and elderflower coolers.

42. Invite visitors.

43. Call all of your fiends with the request to borrow video tapes or DVD’s. Amusement and visitors in one.

44. Paint, draw, craft.

45. Try EFT

46. Improve your maths, geography, and vocabulary on Freerice.com

47. Hold a concert in your bedroom – put on your favourite album, turn the volume up, download music videos, lighter in the air – and you are in just the right place to sleep off the exertion afterwards.

48. Jigsaw puzzle on a tray.

49. Watch my Wellness Provocateur Vlogs

P.S Want more? Get a list of 500 things to do when sick in bed and bored in my ebook, Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom & Fulfilment Within Four Walls. Self-Care Editon.


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  • Cherie Hinton May 16, 2019, 10:23 am

    thank you for the tips Grace .This is all new to me, I”ve always been the care giver , not the other way around ! Now I am going to try some of these ideas you posted ! again thank you, and have a blessed day !

  • Faye April 1, 2017, 9:03 pm

    Love your new icon.

  • Judith Davidsen March 16, 2017, 3:38 am

    watch Sesame Street. even better than you remember.

  • Grace Quantock February 15, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Thank you Elisha, I’m thinking of you and wishing you well. You may also enjoy http://gracequantock.com/ultimate-list-of-things-to-do-when-bed-bound-and-bored/

  • Grace Quantock February 15, 2017, 1:32 pm

    Thank you Abigail, I’m wishing you a healing time and you may also enjoy http://gracequantock.com/ultimate-list-of-things-to-do-when-bed-bound-and-bored/

  • Abigail February 5, 2017, 12:39 am

    Thanks soo much for this! I’m at home, sick, in bed, and very bored. This helped!

  • elisha December 16, 2016, 5:01 pm

    these are amazing tips thanks because at the moment i dont feel well either and i loved the top on thank you so much xx

  • Valerie August 15, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Hi, I LOVE this list. I suffer from late stage Lyme Disease. I am pinning this for weekly reference. Thank you! Valerie

  • Faith July 25, 2016, 2:38 am

    Number 1 is so funny I have a beanie boo penguin named waddles

  • Linden July 1, 2016, 7:08 pm

    If you ever do one for kids, you should put “Browse toysrus.com for cool toys!” 🙂

  • Linden July 1, 2016, 7:05 pm

    Well… number one is kinda hard 4 me cuz I have a 3 foot stuffed animal penguin named Penguie (pen-g-wee)… and I love penguins…

  • Leon. B June 13, 2016, 10:50 am

    i love the first one, it make me smile for a good 5 minutes.
    thank you for your hard work and dedication to the site it is defiantly apprenticed

  • Grace Quantock April 20, 2016, 4:07 pm

    Lovely, I’m so glad you are enjoying it.

  • Zizou April 17, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much this websited is help full

  • Grace Quantock April 7, 2016, 8:00 am

    Thank you so much!

  • Micheal April 5, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Thank you! It’s awesome 🙂

  • Grace Quantock April 4, 2016, 8:45 pm

    I’m so glad it helped your brother! That’s wonderful. I aim to do all I can to support people who are stuck inside or in bed when there are so many other things they want to be doing. Because of this I put together Healing-Boxes.com to support those who need it. If your brother wants a box of goodies to give him some comfort and cheer, just let me know and we can get that to him!

  • ashley April 4, 2016, 6:44 pm

    love it .text everyone about this web to help them when they are sick

  • ashley April 4, 2016, 6:43 pm

    thanks that really help me

  • levi lovhercaine March 29, 2016, 2:49 pm

    thanks.. it helped my brother who gets sick alot and need to stay home pretty often. he’s not bored now. Thanks!

  • Arianna Richmond February 12, 2016, 6:32 am

    I might try but thx for the tip a lot.. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Grace Quantock November 23, 2015, 8:14 pm

    Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.

  • _hockeyluke_ INSTAGRAM FOLLOW ME November 11, 2015, 3:29 pm

    It’s good idea thank hou

  • Grace Quantock May 16, 2015, 7:52 pm

    Fantastic. I’m so glad.

  • Hailey May 11, 2015, 3:24 am

    This helped a lot! Thanks!

  • Grace Quantock April 8, 2015, 6:41 am

    Glad you like them, and yes, for people that can, tidy your room is a great suggestion!

  • Grace Quantock April 8, 2015, 6:41 am

    What good ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  • superlily_123 follow me on instergram April 5, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Thanks so much for the ideas i could really go for a nap
    and ivmgot a nother one 50.tidy your room

  • Maria Clark April 5, 2015, 3:35 am

    Thank for this great ideas to do when bored but there are many other things you can when you are bored like laughing, reading funny jokes, inspire yourself reading quotes, solve tricky mathematical puzzles and questions and watch interesting videos. Here is dedicated website called http://funthingstodowhenbored.com which is worth to check out when you are bored.

  • Grace Quantock March 17, 2015, 7:23 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Shanya March 16, 2015, 12:46 pm

    O lord Grace this was one of the best lists of fun things I’ve seen so far keep up the good work

  • Grace Quantock March 5, 2015, 4:03 pm

    Thank you!

  • Jackeline Bravo February 28, 2015, 1:01 am

    This halped ma a lot. THANK YOU!

  • MessyCheese February 8, 2015, 4:11 am

    Dress up? Nooooo. Being sick = greasy hair, old pyjamas, staying in bed for hours. You didn’t mention MEDITATE or PRAY. Lots of time whilst convalescing to do that :0)

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  • Grace Quantock February 6, 2015, 11:15 am

    Thank you!

  • Cat February 2, 2015, 4:33 pm

    Thank you this helped a lot

  • lilly December 22, 2014, 2:52 pm

    really good

  • Grace Quantock December 9, 2014, 7:56 am

    Thank you!

  • ema December 2, 2014, 10:12 pm

    Loved it!

  • Grace Quantock October 26, 2014, 8:05 pm

    Thank you! Yes, the penguins are super, and our fabulous Healing-Boxes.com board member Claire (https://twitter.com/Row_RowYourBoat) is the biggest penguin fan ever (so that point is also in honour of her!) Thank you for your lovely comment and I do hope you enjoy the vlogs.

  • Manoj Kumar Chauhan October 18, 2014, 7:36 am

    grace your article is awesome i loved the idea of not thinking about penguins LOL I could never get them off my head. I will surely watch your Wellness Provocateur Vlogs

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