I know we are all in different places as far as our diseases & pain levels go but there's one thing we possibly have in common, distracting ourselves from the pain.
Depending on how bad it is, depends upon the activity. I love being outside but unfortunately due to severe chemical sensitivity and close neighbors and a neighborhood association, I don't get to hang out in nature as i could when I lived in Illinois (a historic village) and had a creek & bluffs in my back yard. I really miss my family up there and walking outside and seeing wildlife on a regular basis. Anyway I digress!
I'm a classically trained artist, so on especially good days I enjoy painting, drawing, sculpture (really really good days) and decorating picture frames and wooden boxes. Anyone else into art and creating? I love to knit and find it is a great help with the physical therapy. (of course the art isn't something i get to do all the time, it's too much for my pain levels and chemical sensitivity. Plus I can barely keep on top of house chores but have been blessed with a man who understands and helps when he can.
When it is all too much and find it is difficult at times to keep my mind on anything, I zone out and watch TV. It's awesome (in a way) because i can watch the same tv show more than once and still be surprised bc i don't remember much of what happened Hahaha :)
But I also love to read, any readers out there? What do you like to read?
I do wish I could have a normal life but I've stopped looking back at what my life was before and have started trying to make the best of what i have now (and don't listen to those who criticize my life, since most of my illnesses are "invisible", I am often labeled as lazy, crazy, etc etc etc). So this is why i ask you about what you do to help keep your mind busy?
(oh and I love plants and have a couple planters on the porch but even that is difficult bc of the chemical sensitivity, which knocks me off my feet for days if hit with exposures that are not possible to avoid with neighbors living do closely.)
Anyway! Look forward to hearing from y'all (and i know this isn't about pain directly but I think how we are choosing to deal with our issues is as important as our treatment. I know if I don't have something to keep me looking forward to another day, I get we've seen more depressed than i already deny that I am.)
:) big hugs all around