A long hospital stay can be a tough ordeal, but there are some steps to wellbeing to help you cope. To discover these 15 ways to boost your mental health whilst in hospital, read on…
Enduring a long hospital stay is never easy. Whether you’re awaiting surgery, healing from an accident, in the midst of discussing misdiagnosis claims due to hospital negligence, or are hospital-bound from a chronic or terminal illness, it can be tough.
Spending all your time in a place you don’t know, with people you’re not familiar with, and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed will never be easy. That said, prioritising your mental wellbeing is one of the key ways you can learn to cope during this unprecedented situation. So, for some steps to wellbeing during your long hospital stay, don’t go anywhere…
The first step to wellbeing is to keep your mind distracted. You could do this through reading, writing, colouring, drawing, crosswords, sudoku, knitting, embroidery or anything else you can think of.
These days, we’re really lucky that we live in a world where all of this is at our fingertips. So, either get a family member to bring you some of these items, or just access some phone apps; the choice is yours.
They say that home is where the heart is, so why not bring the “heart” into the hospital, to make this more of a temporary home for you. After all, the psychology of making yourself comfortable should help you to boost your mental wellbeing.
Some ideas for decorations you could bring in include photo frames containing family photos, your favourite books, a candle, or a plant. By adorning your bedside table with all these items, you’ll be bringing as much of home as possible into your current home.
Home decorations are certainly a great way to bring home to you, but nothing beats some more comforting items too. What we’re talking about is something which you can snuggle up to during those long hospital nights. For example, a blanket, a pillow, or even a cute little teddy, could be a great choice.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings may seem a bit cheesy, but some say that the psychological impact of just noting down negative thoughts could really help. So, grab a pen and paper, and start writing… not only is it a great way to pass the time, but it could be the key to letting your emotions free.
If you really want to, you could even start your very own blog to journal your feelings. This way, you could gain some advice from others who have been in your position, and perhaps even help out others in the process. By engaging with likeminded people, you may even form a little community.
Social media, although sometimes a negative force in peoples’ lives, can also be a really positive influence too. When you’re stuck in hospital, you may not have the usual social contact that you’re used to; you won’t be at home with your family, or at work, school, or uni with friends. So, staying in contact with people, especially if they can’t visit you, is so important.
Sharing statuses which engage people to interact, posting throwback photos, or posting new photos from your hospital antics are a good way to interact. Or, much more simply, just direct messaging your loved ones is a great way to stay sane, and get that dose of human contact we all need.