Why was I on bedrest?
For the last part of 2017, I was on enforced bed rest, due to various pregnancy complications.
My consultants at the hospital felt that it would give our unborn baby the best chance to continue to grow and thrive if my body could take the time to rest and relax.
Of course, I wanted to do what was right for my own health and our growing baby, but it was still tough.
Feeling really poorly and being so restricted made me feel unmotivated and miserable.
It was just as tough mentally as it was physically to be stuck inside and I found it really difficult at first.
I got a glimpse into what life must be like for those who are disabled and physically unable to get out and about.
And I can’t imagine how difficult that is, day in and day out, without a time limit like I had.
It’s so easy in a situation like that to let it get the better of you, but I can’t emphasize enough the importance of looking after yourself and staying positive in those kinds of circumstances.
Staying positive whilst on bedrest
I felt really guilty about not being able to do things around the house or to take care of my family.
I’m lucky that I have an amazing husband who does a lot of the housework already, but I still felt a lot of guilt.
Especially as being on bed rest meant that I couldn’t go to work either – I felt like a double failure both in my career and home life.
Of course in reality that wasn’t the case at all – I’d been put on bedrest to try and look after my health and the health of our growing baby. It was necessary – but it certainly wasn’t easy.
I really do think that I started healing up a lot quicker once I started taking it easy, forgetting about the guilt of being unable to do things around the house or go to work, and just concentrated on keeping myself feeling positive and well rested.
Ways to keep entertained
There’s really only so much daytime TV a person can watch before they go insane!
It was important to me to find ways to keep myself entertained. I had plenty of time but no spare money to spend so they had to be cheap too!
I asked some other bloggers for ideas on what I could do whilst on bedrest.
They had some fantastic ideas which really helped me.
Mum on a Mission made me giggle with her suggestion of watching all seven seasons of Sons of Anarchy. I did actually take her advice – Charlie Hunnam certainly made my time in bed more enjoyable 😉
Katy from Katy Kicker suggested watching box sets on Netflix, making meal plans, entering competitions and earning money online.
Getting crafty or creative is a great way to spend time on bedrest. I crocheted a blanket and worked on some gifts for other people too and it felt good to spend time doing something productive.
Using bedrest to ‘work’ on yourself
Bedrest actually turned out to be the perfect opportunity to spend some time ‘working’ on myself.
I am a big believer in self-improvement. Not in a hippy way but simply taking time out to work on the things that will benefit me long term.
Those things are completely different dependant on the individual, for me, I like to increase my knowledge on the various subjects I’m passionate about.
Kirsty from Kirsty Dee Shares suggested watching videos on YouTube or watching Ted Talks.
I found some great Ted Talks that I’ll share in another post. And I actually felt a lot better for watching things that were so inspiring and educational.
I even watched some that I could link to my career. It made me feel a little less guilty about not being at work.
Hollie from Thrifty Mum had also been on bedrest at the same time. She spent her bedrest listing items on eBay, earnt money from online surveys and read some motivational books.
Hannah from The Amphletts suggested taking some online courses.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get round to doing that but it’s definitely a great idea with long-term benefits too.
After a few months, my Drs decided that I was well enough to go back to work.
I’ve got to admit that it was a real relief by that point – even with all of these ideas I was going stir-crazy!
Have you ever been put on bedrest? What would you suggest people do to keep entertained?