Staying positive whilst on bedrest

Ways to stay entertained and positive whilst on bedrest!

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.

Staying sane whilst on bedrest

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

Keeping entertained whilst on bedrest

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?



How to stay positive and entertained whilst on bedrest

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  • Reply Sinead (Shinners & the Brood) February 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

    You’ve definitely got the right attitude. I can only imagine how frustrating it is though! Glad you’re back on your feet now and feeling better!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 8, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Sinead! I’m definitely on the mend although this pregnancy has been very tough! xx

  • Reply Kirsty February 8, 2018 at 11:25 am

    It sounds like you made the best of a bad situation. I was unable to walk or go to far during both my pregnancies and it really caused a lot of mental trauma. I certainly did not use all of these coping strategies and I really wish I had x x x

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

      It’s been a real struggle this pregnancy – my first was very straightforward. I also have SPD now and am struggling to walk far so there are days when I feel really low so completely understand the mental trauma. Trying my best to practice these to help with that xx

  • Reply AMY - All about a Mummy February 9, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Well done for getting through it. I can only imagine how frustrating it would be. I had a similar experience when we were snowed in for a month at the end of my pregnancy. Great for a couple of days to chill but after that a real mental test. Great ideas here to help the monotony.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Amy – oh gosh the idea of being snowed in for that long would still terrify me!

  • Reply George Foster February 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    It’s a great attitude to have, you took a step back and went two steps forward 🙂 Well done!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks George 🙂

  • Reply Joanna Bayford February 9, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    It sounds really tough and can only imagine how frustrating it must have been for u. Sounds like u made best of what u could in that situation.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      I definitely tried to do so!

  • Reply Wendy February 9, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    It must have been so hard being stuck in bed and at home for so long, I’m glad the rest helped though and you were able to get back to work. It’s great you used the time to learn new things, be creative and work on yourself as well as relax xx

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      It definitely helped although was so frustrating at the time! Glad I got through it 🙂 x

  • Reply The Frenchie Mummy February 10, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I think it is such a good idea to work on your self and reflect actually! I would become a bit bonkers but you seemed to have handled the situation very well 🙂

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      I did have days when I went a little stir-crazy – sometimes you really just need to get outside!

  • Reply Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels February 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Oh I just don’t know how I would cope with bedrest, I get bored and fidgety so quickly. Love your attitude and tips. Kaz

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 11, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      It was a definite struggle for me but I felt by the end of it I had at least used it for my advantage! xx

  • Reply Stephanie February 14, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Oh what a great blog post. I’ve had some problems with my back recently and ended up resting a lot, then a back operation. This post would have been very helpful

    • Reply bettertogetherhome February 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      It’s hard when you are laid up isn’t it! Hope your back is doing better now x

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