A Mom's Guide to Staying Sane on Crutches
As a busy mom, it is downright hard to sideline yourself from your everyday activities. The dishes pile up in the kitchen…the laundry piles up everywhere…and things just aren’t getting done like they used to when you were on both feet. Not only that, but you have a whole bunch of time on your hands that you are not used to having available to you. You might enjoy it for a few days, but after that, you get downright bored. In order to stay sane during your recovery, take advantage of the “time off” from your everyday life and do a few things for yourself for a change. Here are a few ideas to help keep your mind active while your body is at rest.
Idea 1: Give Yourself a Makeover
You do not likely have time every month or even every year to pamper yourself. Take time during your recovery to experiment with your appearance. Give yourself a manicure and, if you can reach both feet, a pedicure as well. Use some of the products you have piled up in your bathroom that you never use and see how they look on you. You will feel better about yourself and you’ll kill an afternoon at the same time.
Idea 2: Catch up on Magazines and Books
You may subscribe to a magazine, but you likely don’t get to read it very often. Pick up that pile and storm through it. You might get a few ideas for things you want to do while you recover. Or you can start a list of ideas for the future. If you have a stack of books by your bedside that never get touched, plough through some of those as well. Your free time will fly by and you will feel more caught up once you recover.
Idea 3: Work on Christmas Cards
It doesn’t matter what time of the year your injury occurs, it is never too early to choose and address your Christmas cards. You can save the annual Christmas letter until the last minute, but you will be grateful when the holidays roll around that you were proactive and have your cards ready to roll.
Idea 4: Call Friends to Chat
When was the last time you had a few minutes to call a good friend and just talk about life? You likely are usually busy carting the kids to and from school and activities as well as keeping up with your own job, the house, and everything. Use your recovery as a chance to catch up.
Idea 5: Get Creative
If you have always wanted to participate in charity events, crafts, research certain items or anything else of that nature, your recovery is a great time to get on those items. You can organize a lot through phone and email and you will likely have lots of down time with which to work. If you want to work on a quilt, look into a certain topic, or even clean out your junk drawer, take advantage of that time.
Idea 6: Look into Alternatives to Crutches
If the idea of being on crutches for very long makes you shudder, look into other options. You can rent or purchase a Seated Scooter mobility device that can help you get the rest you need while moving from place to place with ease. If you prefer to stand, the Knee Scooter is a great option. For those who need use of their hands, which most mothers do, the iWALKFree hands free crutch is a great device that help you do it all once again.