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Day 6: Mental Distractions

Neither one of today’s prompts struck me as particularly compelling, so I’m going off script. For several reasons, I’ve been feeling weak, tired, anxious, and cooped up. Distractions can help redirect my thoughts and allow me to step back from my current frustrations. For those days when it’s wise to get some rest and just care for yourself, here are some activities that help me. Enjoy!

  • Participate in online communities! If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know I’m a big fan of this one.
  • Write letters: this is a lovely way to keep in touch with relatives or friends you don’t see often. They don’t have to be long or eloquent. The gesture will surely be appreciated.
  • Television: depending on my mood, I watch comedies or documentaries.
  • Ask your friends to recommend fun, time-devouring websites
  • Audiobooks: when my eyes are especially uncooperative, I like listening to a book while stretching or doing yoga. Classic books are often available for free.
  • Read books with fairly simple sentences: Harry Potter, Twilight, and Michael Crichton or Dan Brown books if you’re more ambitious.
  • If you can get out a little, walking is great as long as you don’t push yourself too hard.
  • Crosswords or Sudoku: These are available in large print, which is nice if you’re on painkillers or steroids and your eyes don’t quite focus.

Since my notion of entertainment makes some people cringe, I don’t want to list too many things here, but feel free to email me (partiallyunstuffed@gmail.com) if you would like to talk about any specifics. Just to illustrate what I mean, my favorite magazine is The Economist, so I am very sad it doesn’t come in large print. I listen to political books or Shakespeare plays and watch documentaries about wars, animals, national parks, or human rights abuses. I don’t retain much info when I don’t feel well, but that’s okay (or so I’ve been told). Some of my favorite movies are obscure ones (thanks, parents) that are impossible to describe without sounding dorky.

No matter what, if you’re restless and don’t know what to do, feel free to reach out to buddies for suggestions. You’ll find things that work for you.

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2 comments on “Day 6: Mental Distractions

  1. Hi Alyssa–Just a thought. You can always get the Economist in an electronic version and use the large print format or zoom in! Here it is for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-economist-for-ipad/id444519360?mt=8

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