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Outlets and Distraction

Feb 25, 2015 3:23 PM

I thought it would be nice for us to all share our coping methods.

Mine is cooking! I'm happy to share recipes and suggestions.

I also sometimes write or just cuddle up with my pup.

Feb 25, 2015 4:40 PM

I use to cook 🍲but due to fibro-fog & weakness in my hands, that mostly ends up a mess or flopped recipes, or both. 😱

I use to write poetry 📝 & cross-stitch & sew 👗 but again the fibro-fog & hand weakness makes it too hard, not to mention the osteoarthritis and DDD of spine & joints.😔

I use to walk; neighborhood, beaches 👣(when near) or hiking trails👟. Again fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, pelvic congestion syndrome, imbalance w/ fall risks, & feet problems. 😢

Oh wait! 😮 I do read on my kindle reader 📱(when I can concentrate). I listen to K-Love radio📻. I read my Bible📑. I watch TV,📺 nothing stressful (horror flicks, news after 6pm, & such). And when I can I spend time with my granddaughter👧 💞🙌

Feb 25, 2015 5:24 PM

It's good to have outlets and so depressing to loose abikity to favorite activities. I'm trying to focus more on what I can do. When I feel weak in the kitchen I pull up a stool.

Have you tried knitting?

Feb 25, 2015 6:48 PM

No, I never could pick up knitting or crochet. I'm right handed and unfortunately that's the s8de of my body they've identified weakness & uncoordination on. I can't even open a new soft drink bottle anymore, with either hand. I added all the icons for laughs because even though I've lost my hobbies I dearly loved & miss, I still feel so very blessed. I love laughter and use it & my faith in God to stay positive.
I take it "MyDogMasksMyPain" name has something to do with your pet? We lost our dog nearly a year ago. Because I have had so much going on and turned up allergic to 38 of 72 test triggers (cats, dogs, rabbits, ducks, & geese included) we haven't yet decided if we're going to get a new pet or not. But I think I miss my Max more than all my hobbies combined.

Feb 25, 2015 6:51 PM

Oh, I also learned to use a stool in the kitchen, or sit at the table. I do take frequent breaks too. I was exercising up until last July when I began having SOB & chest pains. They're working through asthma med changes, so maybe I can do some mild things soon.

Feb 25, 2015 7:08 PM

I just find distractions are good, hanging with my family or boyfriend, playing with my pets. Enjoying party's that I'm capable of going too..

Feb 25, 2015 8:08 PM

I love to read books, so I read either on my iPad or actual books. I also like to have breakfast or lunch dates with my girlfriends. Distractions really are great. Wish I didn't have hand/wrist/neck/back problems because it would open up a lot of hobbies and activities for me. But, oh well. Best to concentrate on things we can do and not on those we can't. But easier said than done.

Feb 25, 2015 8:09 PM

I am on my phone or ipad a lot... Checking in with all of you, or tumblr, instagram, etsy, or just surfing. I also watch a lot of TV and I love movies! I really enjoy going for a drive in my car with the sunroof open (weather permitting) and the music turned up! I love to get lost in a book, draw and listen to music. Going out to eat with friends or family is nice too... Prolly why I have gained 20 lbs! Lol!

Feb 25, 2015 8:33 PM

I knit and crochet, pain and fuddled brain be damned!!! I try and get out and walk to the local shop when I can, it's so lovely to get a bit of fresh air. My cats are always up for a cuddle or 2 so we snuggle and watch a bit of TV. I also spend time with the kids... The best thing to come from fibro is I spend more quality time with my family, a pretty good silver lining I would say

Feb 25, 2015 8:39 PM

I watch children's shows a lot with my 3 yr old daughter, I've seen way to many barbie and princess movies.

It seems most of the rest of my time is taken up trying to figure out paperwork and looking meds and symptoms up.

Feb 26, 2015 12:12 AM

I read a lot of e books and we have 7 dogs and about a month a go some threw out a little kitten this makes me so sad as well as furious at the cruelty of some people. My husband is allergic but he is a inside outside kitty, he is so sweet and loving I fixed him a nice warm bed an old crate put paper shavings in it and threw an old blanket over it so he would stay toasty warm at night and him in our sheadwith my rabbit I have a electric heater and a light for them but the little stinker refuses to sleep in it . It has really been a God's send for me . It's getting me into a routine of doing something every morning or b I would stay in the bed on bad days. I get up and fix my coffee and take my meds then go out to check on them. He beats me back to the house and wants all my attention it's never enough. We are expecting our 4 grand child in May she has been having problems with her blood pressure . They live with us and this is her first. I'm so afraid that we are going to wind up raising her, her fiancé isn't working he hurt his arm and she's not able to work now. She says she is thinking about going to school, I told her I would keep the baby if she wanted to go to school and she wants to get a job and if she works but I know her when it starts getting hard she will quit everything I'm so worried. Because we know there is nothing easy when it comes down to it. I just am worried that my health is not go to hold up to raising a baby.

Feb 26, 2015 12:27 PM

What a great topic. I enjoy embroidery, sewing and weaving. After time however, these things sort of muddle in my brain. I like making pottery because there aren't as many repetitive motions. I try to walk my dogs, but that has been difficult lately.

Feb 26, 2015 12:51 PM

I read, listen to music, TRY to meditate, play with my ferret and come here and try to help others feel better. I think that helps me the most

Feb 27, 2015 12:06 AM

I don't really have time or brain power for my hobbys lately. Sewing, hand embroidery, photography.... I can't think like I used to. I haven't been able to read a book in a long time. But I used to love Grisham novels. Before I had kids I loved tori Hayden books. But I can't even think of the stories now that I have kids of my own. I'd like to sew more but I'm too exhausted and sleepy once my kids are in bed. I go to bed at the same time they do. And then wake up around midnight and am awake for a few hours.

Feb 27, 2015 7:31 PM

I love this threads. It's encouraging to stop and focus on the good and the things we ARE able to do instead of pain and symptoms and things we have to give up. I love to read. Drawing and painting have been helpful too - I keep an art journal now and it helps me get thoughts and feelings on paper and out of me and relieves tension on rough days. When I'm able to I crochet. I meet girl friends for coffee often and watch movies with my husband. Most of all I cope by making enough time for rest, especially on the weekend. That way I can make it through the next week. I pray and read my Bible and can honestly say without God I wouldn't be nearly as content and happy as I am today. He gives me peace despite my circumstances and comforts me on the worst days. He makes the times that I am able to do things meaningful and worth something. I'm extremely grateful. Despite the endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic congestion syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, migraines and narcolepsy and all the daily pain those bring He gives me a purpose and my pain has a purpose even though I don't know what it is.

Feb 27, 2015 9:23 PM

Starting to take up a hobby again that I haven't done in a long time and that is knitting. Gives me something to do to disguise the anxiety that I'm really feeling right now.

Mar 04, 2015 1:16 PM

I live half way between my doctor and the PTs and a natural hot springs pool. The drive is an hour either way... I would rather drive to the Rez and hot springs in order to float in the healing water. I can't say it heals but it certainly feels good while I'm in it...

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