Things to Do While on Bed Rest

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 16, 2017

Things to Do While on Bed Rest

“Bed rest” is a general term used when your health care practitioner wants you to limit your activities. For some, it means just getting off your feet every couple of hours and resting in bed, but for others it may mean strict bed rest or rest in a hospital. Unfortunately, inactivity and lack of socialization can sometimes lead to feelings of depression and hopelessness. If you or someone you know is on bed rest, below are some ideas for ways to occupy yourself!

Remember, only you and your health care practitioner know what’s best for you. Your practitioner will tell you the specific “do’s” and “don’ts” while on bed rest, so before participating in any activity that may require physical and/or mental exertion, please contact your practitioner.

1. Learn a new computer skill. There are hundreds of computer programs you can use to learn or improve computer skills!

2. Learn a language. Order some CDs or books in a different language or download a language-learning app on your phone. This will help keep your mind active and allow you to learn more about different cultures!

3. Write letters. Ask a friend to purchase stationery and stamps for you and kindly ask him/her to take the completed letters to your closest post office. Whoever receives your letter will be pleasantly surprised!

4. Learn a craft. There are starter kits for all kinds of crafts including knitting, painting, scrapbooking, etc. You can even give your crafts to your caregiver(s), nurses, doctors, or family and friends visiting you.

5. Take an online class. Some community colleges and online organizations offer free classes or low-cost classes.

6. Draw or paint. You don’t have to be an expert painter to make something beautiful and meaningful. Pastels, watercolors, sketch paper, coloring books… give it a try!

7. Read a book. You can borrow a book from the library with the help of a friend, or buy an online book for your e-book reader, phone, or laptop.

8. Watch a movie or some TV. You can alternate between watching shows for enjoyment and educational purposes. If you don’t have a television in your bedroom, consider borrowing from a friend or purchasing a portable device for watching videos.

9. Write a poem or a short story. Many people would love to try creative writing, but don’t have the time for it. While on bed rest, work on writing a poem, short story, or maybe even a novel. You can share your written works with your friends on a blog or social media!

10. Listen to music or inspirational messages. Use an mp3 player to listen to your favorite playlist or podcast. Turn on your radio and tune-in to your local radio station for music and sing along. You can even listen to inspirational speakers to cheer you up!

Do you have any other activities that help you while on bed rest? Share them with us in the comments!


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I'm not on bedrest, but spend a lot of time in my recliner with my feet up. I have a TV to watch and the remote controls make it easy for me to watch TV and movies or play music. I also have a Kindle by my side with eBooks, and to check email and get on the internet. I have several Facebook groups that I have created or run with others sharing admin duties. I keep up with family and friends this way, too. I am blessed to live in this age with so many ways to keep in touch!
  • May 17, 2017
  • 4:17 p.m.
  • Jann Hartman
Love the article and the suggestions. You could also have children come in to read to them--maybe help a local mom with some alone time. Older children could read to you, and then talk about what was read. Have a prayer partner come in to pray together.
  • May 17, 2017
  • 9:41 a.m.
  • Kathy Dane
Thank you for this article I found it very helpful. Sometimes just spending so much time alone in bed I don't even want to do anything even though that would probably be better I just don't have the energy to even do much of anything but those are great suggestions. bless you
  • May 16, 2017
  • 7:25 p.m.
  • Kavita Koobie