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50+ Things to Do When You’re Stuck in Bed

50+ Things to Do When You're Stuck in BedI’ve never been on bedrest before, but I always imagined that I’d hate it.  I like to be on the go, and there’s always something to do, so I always figured being stuck in bed would be the worst thing ever.

It can be, if that’s going to be your continued mindset.  But with me being stuck in bed for the last few days, I’ve had to figure out how to keep myself occupied in order not to go crazy.  You can either drive yourself nuts by allowing yourself to be bored, or you can make the most of your situation by finding things to keep yourself busy.  Here are a few things I’ve discovered can be done while you’re stuck in bed.  Please keep in mind that some of these tasks must be done sitting up, so if that’s restricted, then by all means stick to your instructions.  You can also try modifying these activities so that you’re able to do as much as possible in whatever position you may be limited to.

  • Read a book
  • Read a magazine
  • Read your Bible
  • Do your devotions
  • Pray
  • Sit silently, and let God speak to you
  • Write in a journal
  • Write a bucket list
  • Snuggle with your kids
  • If you don’t have kids, snuggle with your pets
  • Make sure your calendar is up-to-date
  • Paint your nails
  • Paint your kids’ nails
  • Do your kids’ hair
  • Weed through that long list of emails in your inbox
  • Find a free online conference and keep up with the speakers
  • Knit or crochet
  • If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, learn how
  • Plan next month’s menu
  • Write a note to a friend or family member you haven’t heard from in a while
  • Research something you are interested in
  • Catch up on Facebook/Twitter/IG, etc.
  • Surf Pinterest
  • Better yet, encourage some friends by posting on their social media pages
  • Watch TV
  • Catch up on some of your favorite TV episodes using Couch Tuner
  • Watch a movie with your kids
  • Have your kids give you a fashion show
  • Have your kids read to you
  • Help the kids with their homework
  • If your kids play instruments, have them give you a concert (a.k.a. practice in front of you)
  • Play a game with a friend or family member
  • Clean up the contacts on your phone
  • Clean up the apps on your phone
  • Call up an old friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while
  • Balance your checkbook
  • Set up a budget
  • Make a craft
  • Scrapbook
  • Draw
  • Play with toys (with or without kids)
  • Listen to music
  • Write music
  • Write a story
  • Talk to your kids
  • Play games on your phone or tablet and consider getting a tablet holder for bed from the likes of iBeani.co.uk. You won’t get tired arms this way!
  • Clean up your computer (if you have a laptop/tablet)
  • Catch up on those movies you’ve wanted to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or On Demand
  • If it’s in your budget, do some online shopping
  • If you run a direct selling business, start a party online
  • If you are a blogger, write a blog post or complete any tasks that you can do from where you are
  • If you’re allowed to work from home, do so

This is, by no means, an all-inclusive list.  I’d love to hear what other ideas you might have in the comments below!

Whitney Wagner

Hi, I'm Whitney! Wife to Prince Charming and mom of two gorgeous girls, I am also an author, speaker, and Jesus follower. I love writing, books, bags, and all things creative.

Making the Most exists so that I can share with you how we make the most of what we have and the most of each day we've been given with the hope that you can make the most of what you have too.

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