Fibromyalgia-Friendly Hobby Ideas
When you are chronically ill it becomes easy to focus on what you can’t do. You may have had to give up activities that you once loved. Or if you’ve been ill most of your life, possibly you see others your age going and doing things you would like to try, but know are not within your ability. This is disheartening. It can even lead to depression.
Maybe once upon a time you went hiking, rock climbing or some other physically challenging activity. Maybe you spent time volunteering, something that required you to be on your feet for long periods of time. Maybe you just really liked shopping, spending time browsing the mall.
For some of us, these may be close to, if not completely impossible now. Others may have to severely reduce the amount of time spent in such pursuits.
The good news, though, is there are things we can do! We do not have to just give in and give up. We do not have to sit on the couch or lay in bed doing nothing all day. There are plenty of fibro-friendly hobbies and activities that we can enjoy.
One of my favorite pastimes is reading. When I read I can be transported to the past, the future, to other countries, even other worlds. I am able to associate with people from all different backgrounds and cultures. I am able to learn many things, constantly expanding and broadening my horizons. I am able to go on many different adventures, all from the comfort of my own bed.
If you do not enjoy reading, maybe you just haven’t found the right genre of books. Books come in so many varieties, I genuinely believe there is a book out there for everyone!
I also enjoy photography. Thanks to fibromyalgia I do not have the best memory, but photographs are able to save my memories for me. Pictures are able to capture the good, the bad, the beautiful, the exciting. If ever I feel down, I can look through my many photos and remember happier times and places.
Thanks to modern technology, most of us already have a camera on our phone. They may not be professional grade, but it can still be fun to capture the moments that you don’t want to forget. Plus you are then able to carry your photos around with you to look at whenever you want.
Next page: more fibro-friendly activities.