Tuesday afternoon, I threw out my back.
Yeah. It’s just as painful as it sounds.
The cherry on top is that it’s not even a cool story – I was putting on pants. PANTS. One of the most basic items of clothing to put on has, in turn, left me stuck in bed all day.
My right leg went in no problem, but as soon as I even attempted to put that left leg in, my back just gave out and I almost fell to the floor completely – it was the most painful round of hokey pokey ever.
On the plus side, those pills and stick-on heating pads have been life savers.
I couldn’t even utter a sound – that’s how painful it was. It may sound like I’m exaggerating, but I’m really, really not. The rest of the day walking and standing were out of the question, until I loaded myself with muscle relaxants and Ibuprofen. Even still, that faint throbbing was still there.
But my Feature Writing class was super interesting that evening. The past two nights, I’ve had class, so I haven’t been able to stay in bed and rest for a full day. Today’s the day I decided to do that.
I’m already going crazy.
But, in trying to keep myself sane, I’ve come up with a great list of things to do when you’re stuck in bed.
1. Read a book.
Currently reading: The Revenant. I can’t wait to finish it so I can go see the movie… if I’m ever able to leave my bed, that is.
2. Watch Netflix.
I’ve watched copious amounts of Netflix, including Friends, Archer, The X Files, Grey’s Anatomy. Note to self: Grey’s Anatomy is not a good show to watch when you’re in pain.
3. Whiten your teeth.
I’ve popped on some teeth whitening strips, because, well, why not? I’m not doing anything else. Plus, what better way to waste 2 hours than by doing this, and watching Netflix at the same time? The only downside: you can’t snack while you watch.
4. Give yourself a facial/face mask.
Again, why not? I’m not trying to impress anyone at home, so I might as well use this time to pamper myself. #ScaryIsTheNewCute, right? I’d be painting my toenails, but that requires stretching, and – let’s be honest – that’s not going to happen today.
5. Listen to audiobooks/podcasts.
I’ve recently started listening to the audiobook of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and now all I want to do is de-clutter and clean my room. Seriously, start listening/reading this book and you’ll want to throw everything away. All of those articles of clothing I thought, “yeah, I’ll keep this. It’ll be good for an audition!” – they’re still in the back of my closet. IT’S TIME TO GO.
6. Clean your phone – like actually CLEAN it.
I took the case off of my phone, grabbed a cotton swab and cleaned the little nooks and crannies that don’t get cleaned every day. Then I popped a different case on my phone – it’s nice to change things up every once in a while.
Or, instead of doing either of the two things, just re-write your notes from class so they’re perfectly organized and look really, really pretty. And then, if you must, go on and do some homework for next week. Chapter One, prepare to be read.
8. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ + all other social media.
I’m so caught up in the social world, it’s crazy. I’m living vicariously through everyone else right now. I’m also finding so many fun crafting and decorating options on Pinterest – can’t wait to get out of this bed!
I’ve already won an Oscar, hosted a cooking show, and married Leonardo DiCaprio. Oh, I’ve also decorated my apartment with all of the fun ideas I found on Pinterest – in my head, of course. I’m pretty beat.
This is hands down my favorite thing on this list. I can’t get enough sleep – I dream of sleeping.
There are so many more things, but I figured I should keep the list short. Blogging made the list, but, I replaced it with daydreaming; not everyone blogs, but everyone daydreams.
What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re stuck in bed?
Leave me a comment below and give me some ideas!