Sick days typically aren’t fun for anyone, and if you have a chronic illness it can be even more unpleasant. You may be in the middle of a project that desperately needs to be worked on, or perhaps you’re in school — whatever it is, you have a life and getting sick usually doesn’t fit into that equation. While getting sick/having a relapse/flare-up/being on bedrest may feel like a setback, we’ve rounded up a list of beautifully designed apps and programs that we hope will help you to feel like you’re still accomplishing something. Whether that’s learning a new language, brushing up on dormant skills, listening to podcasts to feel like you’re still learning something (even if it is from bed, or a fetal position while you gently rock yourself back and forth…), or simply just playing a well-designed game to take your mind off of your illness, all of these are happy distractions. —Rebekah
Above image: via The New Yorker, featuring Dave Ackerman’s podcast, “Sleep With Me,” which intentionally tells long, often rambling, “boring” stories to help the listener fall asleep. If being sick causes insomnia, this may be perfect for you! (Illustration by Min Heo.)
Bonus podcasts: While they’re not design-related, they are hilarious — Two Dope Queens and Sooo Many White Guys have stand-up and interviews with cool people that may not typically be represented as frequently as they ought to be. And, as the saying goes, sometimes laughter can be the best medicine!