Sick, Tired and Bed Bound – What To Do?
Grace’s Go-To List of Bed Bound Boredom Busters
When you’re sick, tired or bed-bound, there’s one more malady that traditional medicine just can’t cure: BOREDOM.
Regardless of what circumstances have you laid up, a persistent case of the doldrums can significantly impact your physical recovery as well as your mental health.Breaking the monotony of illness requires a little thought, but pays off in a big way.
Try these activities to help bust through your boredom while you work toward wellness:
• Practice mindfulness through meditation.
• Dance in bed – Gabrielle Roth.
• Try a school or method of exercise made to work with your body, like Feldenkrais or yoga.
• Decorate yourself! Wear body glitter.
• Explore art. Draw. Try outsider art or art therapy. Keep an art journal.
• Practice random acts of kindness.
• Plan a garden.
• Learn about the stars.
• Look at a map and learn about new countries, capitals and the world.
• Learn to say hello in another language.
• Write a poem.
• Write a novel (or simply begin one).
• Bird watch – or bird feed.
• Watch the trees.
• Listen to different kind of music – something completely out of your normal repertoire.
• Paint your nails.
• Pamper yourself with a facial.
• Take part in morning and evening meditation.
• Make a soul collage.
• Make artist trading cards.
• Make wiggly bags.
• Volunteer, virtually.
• Write to postpals.
• Make greeting cards for Healing Boxes.
• Create a beautiful journey. Close your eyes, imagine you are at the beginning of a road…then fill in the rest with your hopes, dreams, whatever you like.
• Take photographs that reflect your life.
• Make a ‘zine.
• Write a song.
• Sing that song for your friends.
• Tell stories. From your traditions, your childhood, fairy tales, or straight from your imagination.
• Start on something you have always wanted to do but never had the courage to before.
• Make up a wild and interesting shopping list, then invent a character that would use it
• Go to www.galaxyzoo.org and explore the universe.
• Read aloud, or ask someone to read to you
• Make plasticine people and act out a mini play. Be inventive. Film it. Share it.
• Invite friends over for an evening of chillin’ out and fun. Don’t worry about tidying up or the fact that your in pyjamas. Invite your guests to bring theirs too.
• Send postcards.
• Make a video message and send it to a loved one.
• Sleep upside down.
• Put flowers on your bedside table. If you can’t get flowers, get bare branches or evergreens from the garden. No garden? No problem – make your own blooms.
• Start a gratitude journal.
• Change your bed sheets.
• Order a Healing Box.
• Read something completely different.
• Ask the librarian for a recommendation. If you’re housebound, try giving your local library a call or an email.
• Wear a tiara. In bed. Just because.
• If you’re newly diagnosed, get the info and help you need.
• Nourish yourself. Ask yourself – what do I need? How can I go about getting it?
• Create your own super hero or shero. Be her!
• Order or make new stationary.
• Join the Trail Blazers’ Movement and get heaps of support
• Light candles every day.
• Book a virtual breakfast date. Nothing starts a day right like a friendly face on Skype or Facetime.
P.S Want more? I’ve got 500 Things To Do When Bed Bound & Bored in my new ebook, Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom & Fulfilment Within Four Walls. Self-Care Edition. Grab your copy below.
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