Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tips for Surviving {Modified} Bed Rest #3

As my time on {modified} bed rest comes to a close, I am completing a mini-series with reflections and tips of the past 13 weeks. These posts are intended to be an opportunity for me to share my experience and are in no way medical advice. Please remember this pertains to MY bed rest restrictions and may not be appropriate for yours. Ask you healthcare provider what is appropriate for you.

Be sure to check out tip #1 and tip #2 if you missed them!

Today is...

And this baby may be coming soon. More on that tomorrow...

To finish off my series on "Tips for Surviving {Modified} Bed Rest" here is #3:


#3 Be in the moment, enjoy whatever you're doing, and don't multitask.

The key is in the last 2 words. When on bed rest you have so much time. Slow down. And don't multitask. Let me explain.
I'm pretty sure before bed rest I was living a multi-tasking life, maybe 24/7 {ever made to do lists in your sleep?} I would almost always call someone to chat when getting in the car, even for just a 10 minute drive. I would take the pup to the pool and be on my phone or chatting with someone. I would be on the internet and have so many tabs open that my husband swears this is how I manage to make all my electronics run very slow and die fast deaths. 

Why the rush? For some reason, I felt like I had no time, and therefore I needed to do multiple things at once in a short amount of time to make up for it. Real healthy. Now that I have backed off the multitasking, I realize how exhausting this lifestyle was.

On bed rest you have all the time in the world. And amazingly this means I don't feel the need to multitask. I have found myself enjoying silent car rides to take the pup to the pool. I am not watching TV and surfing the web at the same time. I have less tabs open on my browser {still more than is probably acceptable but we're making progress}. I have learned to be more in the moment. I am enjoying those moments more. I am relaxing.

What to do with all that time? Find something you've been wanting to do and really enjoy doing it! Remember: no multitasking! 

{Examples:}
  • Watch that show you've always wanted to see and are 5 seasons behind.
  • Watch every sporting event possible {if you're like me this would be my #1 choice but unfortunately during the summer the choices are more limited. Too bad the Olympics wasn't this summer! However, there has been some great golf, World Cup soccer qualification matches, tennis, and now football is back on!}
  • Start a blog {check}
  • Learn/brush up on a language {I wish I had known sooner but our local library offers free software available so you don't have to hash out hundreds for those expensive computer programs. The BBC also has free lessons available.}
  • Work on a photo book. Something I NEVER have time for because they really do take time to put together. I have so many digital photos that never get looked at and putting them into photo books is a great solution. 
  • Catch up with a family member or friend and really listen to and engage in what they have to say. 
  • And many more...
I have really enjoyed approaching life and tasks one at a time. I know things are going to get a little bit hectic here shortly but I hope I can translate this lesson into enjoying the simple, sweet moments with my newborn daughter {especially in the middle of the night during feeding time.} 

And there we have it! The last day of {modified} bed rest is on it's way out the door. 


2 comments :

  1. I have been following your blog for a few weeks now (after finding it on Pinterest) since I've been on bed rest. I thought it was funny that I just saw this post, right when my computer is on the verge of crashing. I saw the sentence "I would be on the internet and have so many tabs open that my husband swears this is how I manage to make all my electronics run very slow and die fast deaths." and I just had to laugh out loud! That is so me at this very moment! Congrats on making it through your bed rest! That sweet bundle of joy will be in your arms soon!

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    1. Jennifer, So sorry to hear you are on bed rest as well! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with the problem of having an insane amount of tabs open on the internet at the same time. I hope your computer survives! I know how crucial it is for surviving bed rest. I wish you and your little baby the best!

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