There are many reasons people find themselves on bed rest. Whether your time of limited activity is as short as a few weeks or years long, it can be profitable and even enjoyable.
At first, it may be tempting to join web-dating sites with no real intentions, become an expert of every movie the internet has to offer, and daydream about what life could be like. Instead of putting your life on hold, find yourself feeling much more fulfilled by participating in activities that help you achieve satisfying and realistic goals.
Depending on your interests, stage of life, and general health you might make different choices, but there are some general guidelines for having a fulfilling time on bed rest.
Decide what you are passionate about or have talent in, and make it a goal and pursue it. It might not be quite the way you expected at first, but with some work you will find that you can lead a very profitable life even while confined to your bed. Here are some helpful ideas:
Have you always dreamed of a college degree in a specific field, but never had the extra time to get one? Though traditional college campuses aren’t an option, you can get the most of the same degrees and credentials from online universities.
Be careful, some of these “online” or home study universities require you to go to designated testing centers to complete courses. Other programs require projects or check-offs that would require you to leave your home. Before applying to a university, explain to the admissions counselor that you are restricted to bed rest and ask about these types of requirements.
Nevertheless, there are many good choices that will most likely work for you. With some online colleges, tests can be preformed with a proctor coming to your home or even one watching you take your test on Skype.
If you have been waiting for a chance to impact others positively, now is the time! Many ministries are in great need of someone to volunteer their time. A surprising amount of phone calls and computer/paper work is necessary for ministries to succeed and thrive. Call a local ministry with a focus that you truly want to support and ask them what ways you can help.
With the pressures of busy everyday life, many times it is easy to neglect relationships. Catch up with those people who you wish were still a part of your life.
Do you know someone who could use encouragement or is lonely? Do you know someone who needs someone to step in and give them some good advice? Don’t hesitate to call or send them a note. Of course, if stress can worsen your health condition, be careful to avoid situations you think would be harmful.
The Internet is buzzing with ways to make money. Though getting rich quick is not likely, with research and hard work there are some realistic ways to make some money even from your bed. Try looking into investing in the stock market, becoming an accountant or medical transcriptionist, or even becoming a writer, like I did.
There are all kinds of opportunities! Dream big.