Going through cancer treatments, suffering from a long term illness, or being a caregiver as a young adult is really hard. I went from running marathons and being a busy-bee graduate student, attempting to research and salsa dance my way around life, to needing to take the summer off to finish chemotherapy treatments. Young adults are used to feeling in charge and able to conquer the world! Instead, I felt sick a lot and found reading (another favorite past time of mine) difficult to concentrate on. What resulted from this new found lack of direction was massive boredom. I discovered that I had very few hobbies that could be accomplished in a calm atmosphere and even fewer that I could do while dealing with a recent chemo treatment.
Have you been looking for activities to do when you aren’t feeling well or don’t have a lot of energy because of chemo treatments or another long term illness? What about when you are so exhausted from caregiving that you need a break? Look no further! There is a blog, specifically called Staying Calm that has a bunch of great articles on calming activities. I recently round one of their lists that featured relaxing things and realized that I have enjoyed many of those when I needed a calmer way of entertaining myself. Here is my list of favorite, calm activities…
[list_item]watch a movie or favorite tv show.[/list_item]
[list_item]go for a walk.[/list_item]
[list_item]send someone a note or card.[/list_item]
[list_item]complete a task around the house.[/list_item]
[list_item]take a warm bath.[/list_item]
[list_item]try a new DIY project.[/list_item]
[list_item]do a logic puzzle.[/list_item]
[list_item]call up a friend.[/list_item]
Eventually I learned that by making a list of everything that I wanted to do (and knowing that I couldn’t add things like, run 10 miles, to the list…), I could always find something worth attempting. What activities do you like doing when you aren’t feeling well? Let us know!!!