How to Keep Bed Rest From Ruining Your Life
If you have a chronic illness, it is safe to presume that you have had your share of bed rest. Having your doctor prescribe bed rest can feel like the end of the world, even for those who experience it often if you don’t plan for it or adjust your attitude. I am currently on doctor ordered bed rest due to severely sprained and torn abdominal/back muscles. The following five tips are why my world is not ending, how I will get by without losing my mind, and what you should keep in mind the next time you are ordered to stay in bed by your doctor or chronic illness.
Tip number 1: Be prepared
Even you if never injure yourself, your chronic illness will demand that you spend extended periods of time in bed. Neither can be predicted, so the best thing you can do is prepare ahead of time. I view bed rest as a natural disaster and the extent of the fallout depends on how well I prepared for it. Ways to prepare for your downtime is to have at least a week worth of meals in the freezer that can be easily prepared. Stock up on gift cards from your favorite restaurants and fast food places or tuck away a slush fund to order takeout. Prepare financially by building a savings account that will cover your expenses during your downtime should you not be able to work while on bed rest. Stock your medicine closet with items that bring you comfort, such as heating pads, icepacks, essential oils, etc.
Tip number 2: Take charge
This may sound silly as the thought of being stuck in bed is anything but one of authority. However, you are still in control of your life and household no matter what has landed you in bed. Delegate the tasks or chores that you normally handle to other family members. If bed rest is something that becomes a reoccurring event for you, plan ahead by having set assignments for every family member so there won’t be any surprises. If you live alone, consider asking friends or family to pitch in or if you have the means hire a housekeeper.
Tip number 3: Do what you can from bed, but get real!
Because I experience at least one spell of extended bed rest a year, I had to make changes to my life so that my world wouldn’t fall apart each time. Ninety percent of what I commit to or take on workwise can be done from my bed. For my other commitments and for those of you who aren’t able to perform your job from bed it’s time to get real. Give yourself the time your body needs to heal. The moment you know that you are going to be down and have an approximate idea for how long, start making different arrangements. Cancel, reschedule, or find someone else to take your place. Don’t lose the respect of a client/charity/group by cancelling last minute if you don’t have to.
Tip number 4: Indulge a little.
As I shared in my vlog “Why you should treat yourself” last week, it’s okay to indulge and reward yourself sometimes! I no longer view bed rest as a prison sentence. Bed rest is prescribed because that is what our bodies need at that time. To make this go around a little more enjoyable I purchased new pajama bottoms and leggings. You may want to purchase a new pillow or bedding, lotion, sleep mask, basically anything that will make you more comfortable.
Tip number 5: Allow yourself to have fun!
That’s right, have fun!!! Play board games, online games like Words with Friends, marathon through TV series that you haven’t had time to watch before on Netflix or Hulu, crochet or knit, color or draw, the ideas are endless…. Another way to use this time is to catch up with friends and family with phone calls or Skype. Our attitude plays a huge role in our recovery, will you let yours make your recovery time miserable or will you find ways to enjoy this moment in your life?
Wondering what that glowing blue device is in the picture at the top of this post? It is my portable PEMF therapy device Oska Pulse. It is keeping my chronic pain from my other conditions down while reducing the amount of swelling I am experiencing from my sprained/torn muscles. Learn more by reading My Oska Pulse Journey and visit my friends at Oska Wellness. Looking for drug-free pain relief? Save $55 by using promo code DIVA.