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Things to do When You are Feeling too Sick to Leave Your Bed

Updated on June 16, 2012

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When you are feeling sick with the flu or a cold and can't leave your bed, it can get boring to be stuck on the "sick and shut-in" list for days or even weeks. Here are some things to do to make the most of your time off:

  • Sleep. Sleep as much as possible to rest yourself and build up your energy. Sleep in late and take naps. Don't worry about being on a schedule. You need your rest.
  • Comfort Yourself. Cuddle with your pet, stuffed animals or favorite blanket. Put on your favorite PJs or t-shirt.
  • Drink. Have your water and other liquids nearby you at all times so that you will remember to stay hydrated. Yes, you will have to get up and pee. However, you will be flushing toxins out of your body. So, drink up.
  • Food. Get some food delivered (if you can afford) or have a friend drop something by your home. Treat yourself to something you like and want to eat.
  • Music. Put on the tunes. Listen to some music, stream some Pandora radio on your computer, watch some Youtube music videos.
  • Movie Time. Sick of reruns? Watch some movies. Watch some DVDs, steam some movies, catch up on some Lifetime movies or PBS documentaries.
  • Read. Catch up on your trashy magazines, comic books or some other equally mindless reading. Take a peek at some fan fiction online, gossip blogs, sports columns, horoscopes or other mindless topics to read about and take your mind of your sickness. Start a book that you have been waiting for the time to read or reread one of your all time favorites.
  • Game Time. Play games online. You don’t have to be stuck with solitaire. There are plenty of sites to play free games. Were you a fan of Atari? Go to their website and remember your childhood by playing some free games. Free games are also available on Swagbucks (you can get paid Swagbucks for playing and earn prizes or gift cards) and Facebook has lots of games. Free crossword puzzles are available and online jigsaw puzzles (you can control the difficulty levels so if you really don’t feel like thinking you can do the easy ones).
  • Followers Anyone? Build up your followers and friends lists. Go onto your Twitter and rack up on followers or go on Facebook and look-up old pals and friend them.
  • Hubbertime. Connect with Hubpages. Read some articles. Write some articles or re-edit some of your old articles, catch up on your comments and find some folks to follow.
  • Shopping. Visit your favorite sites such as Ebay and Amazon. Do some online window shopping and build up some wish lists of stuff you would buy if you had some money.
  • Picture time. Go on a site like Pinterest and post up pictures of stuff you like, things that make you happy and find pictures to repin on your site that uplift your spirits.

Most of the online stuff is a lot easier if you have a laptop or tablet so that you don't have to leave your bed.

The most important tip:

  • Leave worry behind. Don’t think about how much you have to do or what you are missing out on. Worrying will not help. Just get better and concentrate on keeping hydrated so that you can get better.


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      Aditya Soni 

      5 years ago from India

      It was fun reading your hub. It reminds me of my hobbies :p :p...From now only i will start focusing on these tips and ideas so that it will help in future. And the last tip LEAVING WORRIES BEHIND was really an inspiring tip. I think all the viewers must follow this tip. Rest all ,it was a perfect hub

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      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      @teaches12345, great idea on the get well card. Never would have thought of that.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a great list to tuck inside a get well card. I love your ideas and they are good ones! Voted up and shared.

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Sometimes you want to get moving but just can't Jeannieinabottle. Can make you stir crazy. Thanks very much for the vote up.

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Sorry you are laid up Bedbugabscond. You probably don't feel like eating because you just in general don't feel well. But, it is not good to go days without eating. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie InABottle 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is helpful advice for anyone stuck in bed sick. Sometimes you just have no choice but to stay in bed and rest. Great hub and voted up.

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      Melody Trent 

      6 years ago from United States

      I am laid up in bed with stitches in my foot and I don't feel well at all. I just don't feel like eating, but since it is just stitches in the foot there is no reason I shouldn't. I wonder if that is why I feel so wrecked? If it wasn't for the internet, I would surely go insane!

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      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      @lisa42 ~ social media is a way to connect with others while you are sick and at home. I don't spend a lot of time building up my friends so it is what I do when I feel sick and am just sitting around watching tv.

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks Sparklea. I love my cuddle cat. She always seems to know when I am feeling sick and just lays with me to keep me company. Pets are great for that.

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      6 years ago from Sacramento

      I like the idea of building up your followers and friends list while stuck in bed. I never spend enough time doing that when I'm feeling good, so maybe I'd have better luck making myself do it if I couldn't do much else.

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      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      truthfornow: Voted UP, USEFUL, INTERESTING! It is awful to be sick! Great ideas and suggestions, especially if one is healing from a hospital visit, surgery, bad cold, bronchitis, and on and on :) I believe your most important suggestion was sleep. Sleep is one of the greatest healers.

      I sleep mostly when I have the flu or that awful 24 hour virus (vomiting and diarrhea)...because I am so weak I can't even move. That is when my four cats lay on either side of me and keep me company. LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of your "cuddle" cat.

      Great hub! Blessings, Sparklea ;)


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