When I suffered from gallbladder problems, I had to stay for a few days in the hospital for some tests and surgery. It was a lot of waiting (apart from tests and doctor visits) and therefore, I needed some things to keep me occupied. So here, I will share the things that helped me pass the time when I had no choice but to stay in bed for a few days… Or, let’s just say for any situation where boredom strikes and you can’t move around much like in a long haul flight.
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When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
My phone. People nowadays are always on their phone. But when I was stuck in the hospital, my Samsung Galaxy J5 was my everything. I used it mostly for phone calls so that I could talk to my husband and kids when the visiting times were over. It was so hard not to be at home with them especially my newborn baby. Browsing the internet is another good thing about having a phone although surprisingly, I did not feel like doing it much that time.
My iPod classic. I could have watched movies on my phone but probably because I wanted to make myself feel comforted, I wanted to watch my favourite chick flicks that I had not seen in a while. Luckily, I have a lot of them in my iPod. I had not used my iPod in years so it was such a treat to be able to use it again (given situation aside). I had forgotten how much entertainment it holds from music to TV shows and movies.
Books. I love reading but don’t really get much time to do it. So when my husband bought me The Girl on the Train and Saturday Requiem, I got so excited. My worries were lessened by the fact that I could read for as long as I wanted. Both books got me so absorbed in the stories that when I was reading them, I had no time to feel anxious.
Garnier Face Sheet Mask. This is something that I don’t have in my regular skin care routine (although I probably should). But because I was fasting and not feeling that great, my skin got very dry so I thought, might as well give my skin a little treat and have a little self pampering. Not that I had too many things to do anyway!
Aqua Peas Eye Mask. Of course one of the things one should do if there’s nothing to do is sleep. Especially if you’ve just had a baby. But given the situation, I found it very hard to fall asleep. This eye sleeping mask was given to me and when I tried to use it, I found the coolness and softness of the gel beads very pleasant. It really helped me relax and get some needed snooze.
Puzzle Book. When I was told that I was going to have surgery the next day, it was very difficult to not feel nervous. I’ve never had surgery like that so I was a nervous wreck. To keep my mind busy and not think too much about what was coming, I did puzzles. I was given this book of puzzles and it was a really good idea. Even though I was still nervous, I didn’t dwell on it because I was too busy finishing my puzzles.
Rubik’s cube. I am not good at solving the Rubik’s cube but again, I needed to keep my mind busy to not be able to scare myself too much unnecessarily. I tried learning the algorithms – which I failed to do – but succeeded in helping me from getting too anxious.
And there you have it, my answer to boredom (and feeling anxious). I’m sure there are plenty more ways to keep one’s self entertained and/or relaxed in such confined situations. Let me know your favourite thing to do in the comments!