Many of us who suffer from chronic illness are housebound, if not bedbound, and thinking of things to do to keep the boredom at bay can be a challenge at best. Over Winter and Spring I really struggle with keeping myself busy and I find boredom and loneliness some of the biggest factors in my mood and therefore my mental health. With that in mind I thought I’d put together a few things that help me beat the boredom with a chronic illness.
Most of us have probably got sick of sitting an staring at the screen, or find it too much, but if you are still up to watching TV then you can finds loads of things to watch on places such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. These cost a monthly fee, but if you are fed up and need something new to watch they are well worth it. Not only do they show films and TV series you can find on other channels, but they have their own too. My recommendations are definitely Once Upon A Time, Stranger Things, or maybe a true crime documentary such as The Staircase Murder. I’ve also used them to rewatch shows like Downton Abbey, Gossip Girl and classes like Buffy The Vampire Slayer that I haven’t watched in years!
If you’re housebound you obviously can’t get anywhere to buy anything for yourself, so the internet is your salvation. Just because you are not getting out doesn’t mean you don’t want to take care of yourself and why shouldn’t you? Groupon always have some fab deals on and I am a huge fan of supermarkets for great clothes that don’t break the bank. Don’t forget to shop small too, sites such as Etsy and Not On The High Street are great places to look for unique buys and helping out smaller businesses too.
There are tons of different types of crafting activities out there from knitting to card making to quilting. There may have been something you did as a child that you haven’t tried in ages, or just maybe something you’ve always thought of doing but never have. Why not give it a try now? Slow and steady is the best way to go and not overdo too much in one go, but these things not only help ease the boredom you can have with a chronic illness, but get you using your creative brain too.
I absolutely love jigsaw puzzles but up until recently it had been years since I’d touched one. Following my sister’s recommendation I’ve bought a couple of the Wasgij ones and absolutely love doing them. All you need is a table big enough, or just a piece of board which I use one top of my footstool downstairs.
Adult colouring has now become a big thing and something I really didn’t think I would enjoy. I don’t do it very often but it is actually quite satisfying to do and there are so many options of styles and patterns you can colour there is something for everyone.
Over the years since I was diagnoses blogging and social media have been my lifeline. I began this blog as a place to discuss having a baby whilst living abroad, however since I was diagnosed with CFS, I have used it as somewhere to talk about my illness and reach out to others who understand what I am going through.
I hope some of these ideas help you, do leave your suggestions in the comments of what you do to avoid boredom with a chronic illness.