Twelve Ways to Keep Busy While Recovering from an Injury

Recovery can be very hard on some people. Being unable to go about your normal daily activities, forced to rest at home, and not being able to just get up and go can lead to waves of frustration, depression, and anxiety.

Try to keep angst at bay while you’re recovering from your injury with these activities listed below.

Keep Your Mind Occupied

Sometimes diversion is the best strategy. Try to keep your mind busy and have a little fun with the following suggestions:

  • Knock out a few television seasons. If you have a DVR, catch up on all of those recorded programs, or check out services like Netflix to watch a show everybody’s been talking about.
  • Listen to an audio book. Pick out a book that seems interesting, be it the latest frilly fiction or a meaty investing book. The library is a good resource, as are online audio book subscription companies.
  • Read the news. Wish you had time to keep up with current events? Take this opportunity to stay abreast of the latest news. You might even form some good habits!
  • Give yourself a mini spa treatment. If you’re able, why not treat yourself to a little primping? Nails, hair, a facial, whatever you can manage while sticking to the doctor’s orders.


Be Productive and Do the Things You’ve Been Meaning to Do

Whip out your list of things you’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t had the time. There are a lot of things you can probably manage while recovering:

  • Brush up on a foreign language. Been a while since high school Spanish class? Check out some online resources or buy a self-teaching program to brush up or start learning a new language.
  • Try a new recipe. Check online or browse your old cookbooks to find a new recipe that sounds interesting. If you’re able, cook it for your family!
  • Learn a new skill. Why not learn the basics of playing the guitar? Or teach yourself a practical skill like typing. Card tricks can be entertaining for both yourself and visitors.
  • Sort through all your pictures. Go through all your photos and videos: hard copies, computer files, and pictures on your phone. Now would be a great time to create a scrapbook or online photo album.


Take Care of Your Inner Self

Injuries have a way of bringing emotional issues to the surface. You might be having a hard time dealing the emotional impact of your injury, so take a little time and give yourself some TLC:

  • Connect with others. Find online or local support groups for people dealing with your type of injury.
  • Journal or blog. You can work through your emotions and possibly be a source of help to others by writing down your experiences (and sharing if you’re comfortable).
  • Get in touch with your spiritual side. Whatever your religious or spiritual background, now would be a good time for reflection, introspection, and practice.
  • Practice deep breathing and meditation. Both practices have been shown to benefit patients emotionally and physically. Learn how to practice them with a licensed professional, or by reading books and researching methods online.