Serious injuries can often lead to an extended hospital stay. It is common for patients to feel emotional and mental stress while they cope with physical pain and discomfort.
Being away from home and missing family can make your stay in the hospital more difficult. Your emotional health is important to your body’s physical healing, and these tips can help make your stay more tolerable.
Bring comforts from home
While you cannot bring everything you love about your home to the hospital, you can bring several items to remind you of your home. Have someone bring your favorite pillow or blanket, comfortable pajamas or slippers. You can also display photos of your family, friends or pets to help avoid feeling completely isolated.
Use your own toiletries
Rather than using the travel-size toiletries provided at the hospital, have your family bring your own shampoo, toothbrush and other items to the hospital. This small touch makes a big difference in your mental state.
Stash special snacks
So long as your diet allows, you can create the feeling of home in the hospital with a stash of your favorite foods or drinks. Be sure to check with your doctor before indulging in treats, as being in the best physical health can boost your body’s ability to heal.
Do your favorite things
The days seem to drag by when confined to a hospital, but you can help pass the time by engaging in your favorite activities. You can play music, knit, read, do puzzles or use adult coloring books.
Hospital stays after traumatic injuries can get lengthy. These tips can help you feel more at home while you are recovering.