Winter Is Long And Boring
Winter is most definitely long and boring. For everyone! If you are recovering from TBI and living with post-concussive syndrome symptoms it can feel even worse! Here are some ideas to help keep you occupied and pass the time!
- Make a list of all the things that you can do now that you could not do last year!
- Splurge and shop for new sunglasses, probably sounds pretty odd right? I don’t know about you, but ever since my accident, my eyes are super sensitive to the bright light. On really bad days I sometimes even wear them in the house! It’s more fun if you have a selection. These are some of my favorites!
3. Find one new exercise and add it to your daily exercise routine. Once it gets easy to add another one. You will feel better every day as you get stronger! Trust me, I know from personal experience.
4. If you need a crash day, take one, or two, or five. Whatever you need. Your body is talking to you and you will feel better and be able to do more if you listen!
5. Take a day off of blue light, phones, TV, tablets. Read a book( like an actual book, not an E-reader. Listen to music, do an art project. Your eyes will appreciate the break, and if you have issues with headaches, this may help them as well!
6. Send a few thank you notes to people who have helped you along the way. Then send a few more to friends, everyone loves receiving “happy mail”. Not many happy things come in the mailbox these days. You can easily brighten someone’s day with a quick note!
7. Do you have trouble with overstimulation in busy environments? I do! These earplugs allow me to more comfortably go out into public places like stores or restaurants! Buy a pair of these!
8. Bundle up and go for a short walk when you feel up to it. The fresh air will do you good!
9. Once your earplugs come, call a friend and go out to lunch or dinner! It is hard for me to make myself get out of the house, but I’m always glad afterward!
10. If you don’t already try yoga and meditation. I was a skeptic too, and let me tell you it has really benefitted my recovery.
11. Start an art journal. You don’t have to be a Picasso to do it and it is fun! You can cut, paste, doodle, use stickers, etc… it is a fun and calming creative outlet.
12. Start planning a TBI party to celebrate how far you have come since the day of your accident!
Spring always comes it sometimes just takes longer than other times!