Beating Boredom on Confinement and Bed Rest

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book


Have you experienced being hospitalized for a couple of days?  Do you feel that the atmosphere of being sick and doing nothing makes you feel lonely and bored with your life?

For my personal story, I’ve never been confined in the hospital before.  But I’ve experienced becoming too sick that I have to stay at home for a couple of days to rest and recover.  Usually, on those days, I sleep through it.  Yet recently, I’ve learned that I was weeks pregnant with my first baby.  It was indeed a very happy and grateful moment for me and my husband, however, my pregnancy was too sensitive that I was asked to have a complete bed rest.  It was fine for a couple of days, but it’s been 5 weeks now, and honestly, sometimes I feel really bored and lonely. Especially I’m not used to totally not working.

But I’ve learned few valuable lessons from the experience of being confined to bed rest, and I’d like to share it with you, my readers.

Sometimes in life, things won’t go your way.  It’s not to make you feel devalued, unworthy and miserable, it may be a mere chance for you to take it slow and relax.  Take this time to allow yourself not to take control but to learn and appreciate going with the flow of life, once in a while.

10 Ways to Beat Boredom on Confinement and Bed Rest

To make the most out of your confinement and bed rest, here’s some of the things you can do to keep you from worry, loneliness and boredom.

1.  Enjoy a Nice Bath

In an ordinary day, we often rush everything that we do.  From the time we wake up, we take quick bath, quick breakfast and quick preparation so we won’t be late for work or school.

However, during confinement and bed rest, there’s no need for you to rush things.  You have plenty of time to spare.  Do take this chance to enjoy how relaxing and refreshing it feels when you take a long shower.

2.  Take a Long Nap

Oftentimes, when become adults, we tend to be sleep deprived.  It may because of work, business, social activities, entertainment or sports.  When we are healthy, we tend to abuse our body that we least prioritize a good sleep.

Now that you are confined to bed rest, it is time you pamper your body and sleep a lot.  It can help your body to rejuvenate and regain strength.  Additionally, time moves faster when you are sleeping.

3.  Read Books, Magazines, Comics or Blog Articles

One of the sure ways to entertain you during confinement and bed rest is through reading, such as books, magazines, comics or articles.  Choose topic that best interest you.  It can be a fiction book you’ve been keeping a long time but haven’t had time to sit over.  Or you can choose a non-fiction book that you can learn something new.


4. Watch Movies

This is one of my favorite activities during my confinement and bed rest. On a regular working day, I can’t spare 2 to 3 hours of my time watching movies, that’s why now that I was confined to bed rest, I maximize the opportunity to catch up on great movies I’ve missed to watch.

How about you, when was the last time you watched movies?  Don’t worry; now that you’re on bed rest, you have all the time to do so.


5.  Communicate with People, especially Positive People

Personally, when I was confined to bed rest, I’ve started to feel lonely and depressed.  There are times I can’t fight negative thoughts and worries, like is my baby going to be alright and what will happen to my business and work.  And when I’m surrounded by annoying people, I get easily irritated and really pissed off, unlike I’ve used to.  Some say it’s because of the hormone changes in my body that makes me emotionally vulnerable.  And I think, most sick people are doomed to emotional vulnerability too when they’re confined.

So during this time of confinement, try to reach out to people who you know are great positive influence to you.  Avoid thinking and mingling with negative or annoying people because most likely, you’d be influenced by their negative attitude. Choose carefully to whom you get your influence, especially when you are in a critical condition.

6.  Solve puzzles or board games

Another way to entertain you during confinement and bed rest is through board games and puzzles.  My personal choice is jigsaw puzzle.  Currently, I’m trying to build 1,000 pieces of jigsaw puzzle and it helps it keeping me busy, without being stressed, during this time of confinement.

7. Keep a Journal and Write

To help you ease the pain of loneliness and depression, especially when no one is around to take care of you, try writing in a journal.  Record all the things that you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally.  It’s better to write it down rather than talk it with people.  Because sometimes, people won’t be able to help and understand you, so learn to rely on yourself.

8. Listen to Music

A great way to relax you during confinement and bed rest is through music.  Avoid listening to sad music because it will only make you feel lonely and depress.  If you can, try to listen to classical music.  It will also help in making you fall asleep.

9. Meditate and Reflect

Most people don’t understand the value of meditation and reflection in achieving a good well-being.  Because we are too busy with our day to day work or activity, that we missed the chance to just be quiet and reflect about the things in our life.  So during confinement and bed rest, use your time to reflect and meditate.  Despite your illness, see how blessed you are with a lot of areas in your life.

10. Keep a Positive Mental Attitude

Last but most important way to beat the boredom in confinement and bed rest is to keep a positive attitude.  You won’t be able to avoid times you’d feel negative and lonely, but constantly fight the feeling and choose to look at the positive side of things.


Remember, you have plenty of time to worry about your work or other things when you get back to the real life, but used this time of confinement to rest and relax.  Learn to enjoy this moment of doing nothing, you mostly need it now.

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