13 Stay-Busy Bed Rest Ideas

Whether you're on strict bed rest or partial bed rest -- these creative, fun, and useful ideas are sure to alleviate boredom.

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Catch Up on Your Reading

There's always that one book you've never gotten around to reading. Get a comfy pillow, get comfortable, and crack it open. You won't regret it!

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Play Board or Card Games

Who doesn't love a marathon Monopoly game? Include your kids and husband for a fun family game night

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Watch Movies

Download or rent some of those tear-jerkers you've been meaning to see, put one in, and enjoy the show.

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Get a Manicure

Even if you can't leave your house to go to the salon, your beauty regimen doesn't have to suffer. Pick out a few nail polish colors, and grab a buffer, a pair of nail clippers, and a cuticle trimmer, and give yourself a pedicure or manicure.

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Channel Your Inner Poet

Pick up a notepad or some special stationary and write a few letters to old friends, a poem for your mother, or start on that short story you've always been wanting to write.

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Journal or Blog

Journaling, especially when you're tied up in bed, can be therapeutic. Spend a few minutes each day (or every other day) writing down thoughts, ideas, and daydreams to calm your mind and focus your energies.

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Create

Dig out your kid's arts and crafts boxes (or send your partner to pick up a few at your local crafts store) and make napkin holders, door decks for your children's rooms, spice up your address book with new tabs, etc. The possibilities are endless.

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Scrapbook

Now is a prime time to put together that scrapbook of your littlest one that you never got around to. Or start work on a baby book for your soon-to-be-born babe. Your creations are sure to give you a sense of accomplishment, even if you haven't left your queen-size bed.

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Shop Online

Use your time on bed rest to traffic your favorite Web sites for deals on clothes, shoes, furniture, and even groceries!

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Pick Baby Names

Choosing your baby's name can be one of the most rewarding decisions you'll make. Use your time spent lounging to troll through a few baby books or Web sites to find the perfect one.

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Plan

...Baby's nursery decor! From color schemes to baby carriers, now is the perfect time for you to start choosing.

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Design

Channel your creative side to start designing your baby announcements. Crossing that off your to-do list after you're off bed rest will make you feel great.

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Learn

Learn a new skill such as a foreign language, a computer program, or knitting.

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