Of course we all want to have fun! Wouldn’t it be GREAT to feel well enough to really, I mean REALLY enjoy a day out or a hobby or a trip? I know chronic illness effects people differently, but I am guessing if you are reading this blog, you are more like me, “good days” are few and far between and “good” is a very relative term.
Living with chronic illness is hard and some days, really hard. It can literally suck the joy out of life. Always being in pain and putting so much physical effort into doing what needs to be done to make it through the day wears on your soul, making it difficult to find happiness.
Hobbies and recreational activities are so important as it gives us time, outside of our own minds. They can bring joy, positive thoughts, good memories, self-confidence and feelings of accomplishment. I know that wading through brain fog, pain and discomfort is extremely unpleasant but it is so important to find just one thing….. something new that you can enjoy, even if it is only on your good or better days.
For those who can’t leave home, endless skills can be learned through the internet. You can explore how to make different types of ethic food, learn a new language, start a blog or YouTube channel , send cards or letters to someone who could use a pick-me-up, attend a religious service, learn to draw or paint, start a stamp collection, meditate, learn to knit, sew or create a loom hat.
For those of you who can leave your home you could take a free class at a local library, try yoga or Tai Chi class, go see a play or concert, visit a farmers market, sign-up for a class at a local college, join a book club, visit a park, take a walk down your street or volunteer.
You can bring positive changes into your life just by adding one new activity that brings you joy.
Until next time…..