I literally wrote the first 5 things that came into my brain. These may not be the routine run of the mill ‘fun’ activities but they are things that I do, that I enjoy. Things that keep me on an even keel.
1. Get outside
This can take many forms. I love to sit by the sea and listen to the waves. I love to sit in the park and listen to the birdsong while watching the world go by. I also love sitting in the corner of a coffee shop, not necessarily engaging with anyone, just feeling the buzz of the atmosphere while sitting quietly in my own wee world.
2. Ride my bike
It is still a silent battle with me and the bike but I am determined to win. I love the wind in my face, the freedom that m y limited walking ability doesn’t allow, and the speed. I love to explore new areas in ways that my feet wont allow me. And, I love the challenge of it (at times!) too.
The water is my therapy. My freedom and my escape. I don’t have a disability when I am in (or on) the water. I am an equal once again. Swimming outdoors is my fave, but limited by access I can gain to lakes on my own. It is almost mesmerizing, meditation.
4. Read a book
I love such a variety of books. My favorite are usually real life stories or biographies. But I love to learn through books as well as use them for escape. There is nothing like a good easy read book taking you off into a fictional land where all my worries disappear for a while. Oh, and real books with pages are the best.
Journaling is my way of making sense of the world. It’s how I organize and understand my thoughts and feelings. It is also how I organize my life and to-do list. It is a useful tool for me to look back on to see how far I have progressed, specially on days that I really don’t feel like I have. My journal is a bit like my comfort blanket.