Theme: Simple Pleasures I Can Enjoy While Stuck in Bed with Pain
It’s no fun being stuck in bed all day with pain that never really leaves. Your brain is too foggy to do anything productive, which is so frustrating. Yet life isn’t black and white; happiness can co-exist with agony. In the darkest moments, it’s usually the simplest of pleasures that bring the most joy. What are favourite things to do on a stuck-in-bed-from-a-flare day?
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“Listening to meditation tracks help to relax my mind & body, and nourish my soul. I always feel a little better after taking that time out.” – Emma Gregory
“I phone someone who understands – like my mom or best friend, who both have fibromyalgia like me. They remind me that I’m not alone…and still pretty awesome!” – Casey Cromwell
“A peek at the sunset in all its wonder, a kiss on the forehead of the sweet grandchild, and a quick glance and smile from my love. They have all made a painful day bearable and so worth the challenges of this life.” – Dawn Miller
“Depending on the type of flare up, The Sims 2. If it’s affecting my sensory or vision, then audio books and podcasts so I don’t have to look at a screen.” – steampoweredgirl
“Listen to music. Read. Play my guitar. Watching TV shows and movies. Coloring a book. But music is what really makes me feel better.” – danouk_32
“I work on my laptop – it’s a great time to clean out/organize graphics and files because that doesn’t take much brain power. I also catch up on all my fav dramas, especially BBC shows. Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime.” – Sally Farrington
“Watch BBC’s “Sherlock”! At least that’s what’s on for today.” – Amy Holly
“I’m never in bed without my phone – catching up on the lives of my friends and family on social media, and spending lots of time on Sporcle. It’s a quiz app with endless quizzes! It keeps me entertained, and my brain from turning to complete mush.” – Jen Johansson
“When my mind wanders and I start fretting about something, I stop and pray about it. When a person comes to mind, I pray for them. It’s much more productive than worrying, keeps my mind off of myself, and keeps me closer to God throughout the day.” – Jen Johansson
“On the days when stuck in bed is when my comfort box comes in very useful! It contains magazines, favourite books, DVD boxset, iPad, nail polishes; all to enjoy and keep me occupied and allow me to indulge in self-care.” – Rhiann Johns
“Get lost in a good book. Have a soothing cup of tea with honey. Enjoy a few squares of chocolate. Admire pretty things on Pinterest.” – A Chronic Voice
I followed you from The Mighty page. You mentioned dry mouth from Sjogren’s. Have you tried cevimeline? This medication has increased my saliva production and reduced the salivary glands swelling. I literally looked like I had a chronic case of the mumps and dry as a desert before this medication.
Hi Genevive, thanks for following! No I haven’t heard of cevimeline, but will ask my doctor about it next time. Perhaps he didn’t choose to use it back then, as it seems to interact with a few of the other drugs I’m currently on. I have less dry mouth effects these days however, so rinsing with a moisturising mouthwash or spraying a gel seems to be okay for now. Thanks for the tip though!