Recovery can be a rough ride for some after your procedure. This isn't necessarily because of pain or discomfort; it's mainly due to the fact that you need to rest and do as little as possible. Ok, yes, this sounds amazing but for the majority of us it comes as a massive shock to the system, No work, no gym, no socialising and no housework. So what can you do to stay entertained and occupied during your initial days of healing? We've got a list of the 6 best things for a MYA girl to do that will make time fly:

1. Duh - Gorge on TV

Find a good series or boxset to watch. Normal everyday life often gets in the way when it comes to a TV series or box set, so what better way than to waste a few hours relaxed on the sofa catching up on back to back episodes. MYA Forum users have recommended the following shows:

- Gilmore Girls

- Lie to me

- Power

- Vampire Diaries

- Friends

Read what our patients say here: MYA Space Forums

2. Spring Clean your Cosmetics

Go through your cosmetics, makeup, moisturisers - the works! Tip them out on your bed and only keep the things you actually use more than once a month or that are still usable. You may not know this but makeup has a use by date. Check your products, it will usually state beside the ingredients with a little picture (that looks like the below image) with a number in it. From opening, this is how long you have to use it. It can range from 3 months to 24 months. On average your cosmetics last:


– 3 months

Liquid Foundation and Concealer

– 6 to 12 months

Cream Blush and Eye shadow

– 6 to 12 months

Powder Blush and Eye shadow

– 1 year

Eyeliner and Lip liner Pencils

– Up to 2 years

Liquid Eyeliner

– 6 months or less


– 1 year

Moisturisers and Skin Care

– 1 to 2 years

3. Curl Up With a Book

Read a book- sounds crazy but how often do you get the chance to read a book from cover to cover without being disturbed or feeling guilty that you should be doing something else? Jess (Forum user): “I’m so looking forward to being able to read all of my books and live like a pampered princess for the 11 days I’m off haha xx” Books that may take your fancy:

- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


- Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

- Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

- The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer#

4. Spring Clean Your Phone

Go through your photos on your phone – you won’t believe the amount of rubbish you have stored on there: cute puppy photos or even screenshots of group conversations that could ruin lives. Have a clear out while taking a trip down memory lane. Ps. It is only acceptable to do one throwback image of your 2012 girl’s holiday back when you felt skinny (no more)

5. Learn Something New

It could be anything. Take an online course? Learn to knit? Learn to meditate? Watch a YouTube tutorial on baking (food or the makeup kind). The internet is your Oyster!

6. Plan a Vacation

It can be really difficult when it comes to booking a holiday. From deciding where you want to go to what time of year - all while fitting in with your budget. Being house bound and relaxed is the perfect opportunity to research locations and best times to go weather wise. (No want wants to go to turn up with your bikini in hurricane season or a ski resort with no snow). There are some great online deals at the moment and if you call around travel agents they will do the work for you all over the phone getting quotes from the comfort of your bed or sofa.