If there is one thing that is true for everybody, it’s that nobody likes to be stuck in hospital. Even if you’re only a short stay patient, you need to be able to keep your mind busy and active and away from all of the beeping machines and the frantic wary of what might come next. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the patient or you’re worried guardian, you need to be able to keep yourself occupied.
Laying around in a bed in the hospital is often easier when you are provided with a TV, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be able to pay attention to it, because often the TV’s and hospitals are quite outdated and you have to pay for them still. Instead, you need to figure out what you can do to keep yourself busy, such as learning how to watch Netflix together even from a distance with your loved ones. You could even figure out whether you’re able to use Microsoft Teams or Zoom to video conference with each other, of course ensuring that you have headphones on no matter what you do. So here’s how you can keep yourself busy in hospital, no matter how long you’re there for.
- Start a journal. If you know that you’re going to be in hospital for a while, it can help to journal your thoughts and your experiences of being there. Not only will it give you something to reflect on when you are out of hospital and pass that chapter of life, but it can help you to regurgitate those thoughts when you are feeling particularly overwhelmed. Keeping everything bottled up when you are afraid, which is often the case when you’re in a hospital. Situation is not a good idea.It’s always better to allow you to let your guard down and express your emotions because you will be dealing with quite a lot.
- Allow yourself to cry. In the same way that you need to get your thoughts out on paper, sometimes you just need to get those tears out. It doesn’t make you weak to cry and allow yourself to feel emotion because you’re only human and being in hospital can be overwhelming and scary. No matter why you’re in hospital, you still need to make sure that you are feeling looked after and sometimes. That means looking after your own emotional well-being and crying.
- Put some music on. Sometimes distracting is necessary. The beeps of the machines and the sounds of nurses talking or patients in pain can make you feel panicked and worried if you put some noise canceling headphones on. You can blank out all of that excess noise and listen to your favorite tunes instead. It can help to keep you distracted and focused on yourself. Plus, there’s nothing better than listening to your favorite songs. You should play whatever you feel makes you 100% happy and secure.
- Indulge in some arts and crafts. Keeping your hands busy is a great way to keep yourself occupied in the hospital, especially if you are stuck in a bed. If you are able bodied and you are prepared to get some colored paper and some coloring utensils into your hands and start making moves on paper. Like music any medium of art can be so therapeutic and as hospital is quite a stressful situation you’ll find that that will be the therapy that you need.
- Escape into a book. If you can focus, it’s time to start reading for leisure. Losing yourself in somebody else’s story can take you out of yours temporarily and give you the piece you need. This will help to keep your blood pressure down and keep you feeling as little stress as possible.It allows you to relieve the stress of your current situation, which is everything you need when you are stuck in a hospital bed.
- Start meditating. If you can’t use your hands or your arms and you can’t move around too much, then meditation is going to help to carry your mind away. Not only will you be able to keep your body comfortable, you’ll be able to drift off to sleep because you have been keeping yourself as calm as possible. Meditation can be a gamechanger when stuck in hospital so why not give it a try?
Your comfort matters and keeping yourself busy is an absolute must – your health and future depend on it.
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