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Keep Learning – Even From Bed!

By Suzan L. Jackson

In this back-to-school season, everyone can get in on the fun and learn something new, even if you can’t leave your bed or couch. Whether you are a young person whose formal education was interrupted or just someone who wants to expand your world and combat boredom, there are lots of great options now for learning from home. You can do everything online from enjoying a one-minute amusing physics lesson to learning a new skill to touring a famous museum. The options are endless. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Take an Online Course

There are many different websites that offer online classes, on every subject you can possibly imagine. Some are free and some require a fee, so read the fine print before you get started. Most of them are classes from top universities around the world and offer certificates for college credit, so you can even work toward a degree, one class-from-bed at a time! Or you can just relax and enjoy learning something fun, like “History of Rock” from the University of Rochester, “Journey of the Universe” from Yale, or “Magic in the Middle Ages” from the University of Barcelona. Here are some sites to choose from – have fun perusing their course catalogs!

How-to Videos

There are how-to videos online on subjects you’ve never even dreamed of (the top video on e-How today is “How to Open a Wine Bottle with a Shoe”). Maybe you want to learn a new skill, like knitting or painting, or perhaps you want some new ideas for a hobby, like crafting or jewelry-making. It’s all out there, waiting for you. Most how-to videos are quite brief and perfect for short attention spans. One young woman I know who is homebound has enjoyed learning new hobbies like nail art, knitting, and special effects make-up. You can even learn how to make your own online videos! Here are some places to find how-to videos:

Entertaining & Educational Videos

There is so much creativity online! Many people have sought out unique and entertaining ways to make learning fun. These kinds of entertaining and educational videos are great for all ages but may be especially motivating for sick kids. Here are a few to get you started:

Visit Museums

I had to give up exploring museums many years ago because I just don’t have the stamina for all of that standing and walking, but now you can visit museums from your own home! Many of the world’s top museums now offer various types of virtual tours for your education and entertainment:

The online world offers some amazing possibilities for learning (and entertainment). Whether you want to get your college degree, fill in the blanks on what you missed in school, or just expand your horizons and have some fun, there are options for you on every possible subject. And don’t forget the old-school options of documentaries and books, too. Even if you are housebound, you can still “get out” into the world and broaden your horizons!


Suzan Jackson, a frequent ProHealth contributor, is a freelance writer who has had ME/CFS for 13 years. Both of her sons also got ME/CFS, but one is now fully recovered after 10 years of illness and the other is in college, also dealing with three tick infections. She writes two blogs: Learning to Live with ME/CFS (with an emphasis on LIVE!) at http://livewithcfs.blogspot.com [18] and Book By Book at http://bookbybook.blogspot.com [19]. You can follow Sue on Twitter at @livewithmecfs.