Recovering from a surgery is incredibly boring. Most of your normal hobbies are out of bounds. You're stuck at home. You're goofy from the pain medication. You're not able to move around easily. You have to rely on other people to help you with normal day to day activities. You struggle to pass the time. Despite all these limitations, there are some activities that will keep you busy until you're back on your feet.
Yes, I said color. If you're on pain medication, beware of trying any project that's more complicated or creative. Coloring can be a calming and restorative activity. Also, you can easily put it down at any time in case you need to take a nap or just want to do something else. Look online for free pictures that you can download and print.
Your friends and family will be concerned about you and will want to help out. Let them. Often folks try to isolate themselves during the recovery period, but socializing is essential for mental and emotional wellness. Letting your friends visit and help out also strengthens your friendship for the long term.
Now is the perfect time for this time consuming and somewhat pointless task. When you're well, spending hours and hours making playlists can feel like a waste of time. But when you're recovering from a surgery, you've got time to waste. Listening to music is also relaxing and can improve your mood.
Word search, crossword and logic puzzles are a great way to pass the time and to keep your mind active. You can buy easy, medium or hard puzzle books where magazines are sold. Often, these books are on thin paper that easily lays flat, which is useful if you only have use of one arm.
I find it hard to watch movies when I'm recovering because I don't have the attention. I usually move from one activity to another, or I'm on pain medications and have to take naps. Stand up comedy DVDs are a great solution because you can start and stop at any point. Also, comedy and laughter are good for keeping you spirits up and your mind alert.
Most importantly, when recovering from a surgery eat well, drink well and follow your doctor's postoperative instructions. Get well soon!
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