Wednesday, 10 June 2015
My 5 Favourite Distractions On Bad Days
When I'm having a bad day, I find that the best way to help me feel better is to surround myself with distractions or do something that fully consumes my brain. I find that when I'm alone I feel at my worst, and I don't want to constantly bug my friends, so little activities are a great way to make myself feel better without being a whiny bitch to my pals. I still have a long way to go on fully horrible days, but these are some things I do when I need to take my mind off things.
Binge on TV shows
All hail the gods of Netflix! My favourite thing to do when I have no energy is find something on Netflix and just watch until I feel a bit better. It ranges from shows and movies I've seen hundreds of times (Archer, Suits, Rupaul's Drag Race) to things I'm still making my way through and maybe have to use my brain more to focus on which is an even better distraction (such as Once Upon A Time and Rome). There's also Popcorn Time and I don't know what my life would be like without my Chromecast.
Dress Up Doll Games
This may be a bit of a throwback for some of you, but thanks to some of my lovely spoonie friends I have rediscovered Doll Divine and the hundreds of dress up games available. I especially love The Tudors, Dandy Maker and 50's Dress Up as I'm a bit of a historical fashion nerd. It's also completely mindless fun and doesn't take much executive function so its good if you're feeling a bit foggy.
I've recently gotten into the website Edx where you can take classes from prestigious universities around the world such as Harvard and Berkley online at your own pace. All classes are free but you can pay around $50-100 USD to gain an accredited qualification. All the courses have text and video lectures to suit different learning styles too. I'm currently taking one called Paradox and Infinity from MIT and the first module is on time travel (inner nerd squealing) and its great for days when I'm home alone and my mind is full of ideas as it gives me a project.
I've always had a great love of reading, and devour anything I can. This can be online articles, books, comics, blogs anything that takes my mind off things for a little bit. I really enjoy historical fiction and alternate retellings of well known stories (such as Wicked) as I love both unheard of parts of history and seeing how people can reimagne such well known stories. I read a lot about things I'm interested in as well, so local blogs, mental health, illness, feminism are all things I read almost daily.
I'm a big believer in self love, be it running a bubble bath and just shutting off for 20 minutes or cooking myself a really tasty, nourishing meal. I don't think it's selfish to look after myself before others, as otherwise it can lead to burn out.
I hope these are helpful, what are you top self care and distraction techniques?