…….choose the music that will heal your soul.
…….choose the music that will heal your soul.
music makes the past seem real,
the future look brighter,
and the present appear less hopeless……
Now that it is summer (and I am way late posting this), there are so many free activities taking place around the country. Just in my small mid-west town we have a free concert series, library summer reading programs, free movies once a week and free lunches every weekday for anyone who is hungry. So check out what is available in your location………you might be amazed how many free activities are available to you and your family and the free choices can be just as fun as the ones that cost money – without the guilt.
Below is a list of some free activities for adults:
Free admission into National Parks
Free admission into museums with Bank of America credit card or
Free classes for adults at home depot………yes, they offer free kid classes too
Free fishing days
Places you can volunteer
Free music app………..makes doing something not-so-fun, more fun with a personalized playlist
Whole foods offers free classes in some locations
Some Williams Sonoma stores offer free classes
Here is a (partial) list of food freebies that you can receive on your birthday. Happy Celebrating and saving money! I mean who doesn’t love to save money?!
Abuelo’s – free treat on your birthday & anniversary
Applebee’s – free dessert
Arby’s – free milkshake
Au Bon Pain – free lunch
Auntie Anne’s – free pretzel
A & W – free root beer float
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
Baskin Robbins – free ice cream
bd’s Mongolian Grill – free entree
Bertucci’s – free treat on birthday and half birthday
Benihana’s – $30.00 birthday certificate – must follow all instructions
Bennigan’s – BOGO entree and free dessert
Big Boy – free birthday dessert
Black Angus Steakhouse – free steak dinner w/a purchase of any dinner – 1st year
Boston Market – free dessert
Buca di Beppo – free $20 for your birthday, free pasta just for signing up
California Pizza Kitchen – free dessert
Cinnabon – free treat for signing up & on your birthday
Cold Stone Creamery – BOGO
Culver’s – free treat & BOGO value basket just for signing up
Dairy Queen – special treat on birthday and half birthday & BOGO blizzard just for signing up
Dave & Buster’s – free $10 game play
Del Taco – free milkshake
Dippin’ Dots – free dippin dots
Dunkin’ Donuts – free beverage when you sign up and on your birthday
Denny’s – free grand slam
Don Pablos – free nachos for signing up & $10 for birthday
Edible Creations – free gift
Einstein Brothers Bagels – free egg sandwich w/purchase
Iguana Mia – free meal and fried ice cream
Firehouse Subs – free medium sub
Friendly’s – free sundae
Fuddruckers – free 1/3 pound burger
GOVIDA – free treat
Great American Cookie – free treat
IHOP – free meal
Jersey Mike’s – free sub and drink
Margaritaville – free treat & free appetizer just for signing up
Moe’s Southwest Grill – free burritos
Olive Garden – free dessert
Orange Leaf – $3.00 off
P.F. Chang’s – free appetizer or dessert w/purchase
The Melting Pot – free chocolate fondue
The Spaghetti Warehouse – free meal & appetizer for signing up
Pinkberry – free yogurt
Planet Smoothie – free smoothie
Red Robin – free burger
Rita’s – free birthday treat, if closed on your birthday will receive on 1/2 birthday
Ruby Tuesday – free burger
Sbarro – free birthday treat
Shula’s – free entree
Smashburger – free side or shake w/purchase
Sprinkles – free treat on birthday and 1/2 birthday
Starbucks – free drink on your birthday
Sonny’s BBQ – free big deal combo
TGI Friday’s – free dessert & free dessert or appetizer for signing up
Wienershenitzel – free coupon & free chili dog when you sign up
Zaxby’s – free nibbler & free sandwich meal when you sign up
Zoes Kitchen – free birthday treat
Living with illness day-in and day-out not only wears on your body, but takes a toll on your mental health. It is hard to keep picking yourself up when you are in constant pain, hear a trail of bad news from health care practitioners, and experience the isolation that CI can bring. Depression and anxiety start to take a grip on your brain and it can be a very hard grip to shake. Taking time, daily, to give yourself a mental pick-me-up is an important part of keeping as healthy as possible.
Until next time……………….You are a superhero! (Yes, I mean YOU!)
When you are having a not-so-good day, or horrible day for that matter, are there things you can do to make yourself feel a bit better? Do you have a movie, some music, a mediation or book that can instantly make you laugh, give you a sense of well-being, or help you ease your pain and discomfort?
For me, when my day is not-so-good, I can usually talk myself into a better mental state and just plough through. But on my bad days………..not so much. Those are the days when all the symptoms converge on my body and no matter how I spin the awfulness, I can’t shake the anxiety and sadness, let alone the physical pain. This is when it helps me to know that someone else is thinking about me. Do I always hear from a friend during these times? No, not usually. But when I do, it is a blessing beyond words. So if you know others with a CI, send a text, a physical card through the mail, a phone call, just let them know they are not forgotten. CIs don’t go away and “feel better soon” doesn’t work, period. The words may be meant with the best intentions but CI is a life long struggle and those of us with CIs appreciate every single kind thought, gesture, and prayers from others. Small tokens of thoughtfulness can change a person’s day.
On my bad days I usually resort to lying in the dark in bed, which is so boring when you don’t want to be there. I try to find something on Netflix or Amazon Prime but when you have been ill for so long……you have watched A LOT of movies!
If there are no movies that catch my fancy, I resort to YouTube but I have less success there. If that doesn’t work, I always have a few extra audio-books on hand that I purchase used at library sales just for those occasions.
So, what do YOU do on your bad days?
Until next time…………………YOU are a superhero, whether you feel well or not!