Podcasts help fill a lot of hours for me when I am stuck in bed resting or recovering. I heard about Serial when it was first released with episode one on This American Life. I loved hearing people talk about it as it started growing in popularity and then developing a cult following. The following podcasts have been big in 2017 with fans of Serial (including me!).
S-town “John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.” https://stownpodcast.org/
There are 168 hours each and every week. When you are chronically ill this can alternate between seeming like forever and not nearly enough time. When you aren’t well tasks can take longer to get done, especially when much of the time you may be stuck in bed or on the couch biding your time till there is a window of lesser symptoms. It can be easier to make time to get non-negotiable tasks done or tasks for someone else buy much harder to devote time to less urgent personal things. Life with a chronic illness is so much better when you can include activities you enjoy so life is more than the “tasks of daily living”, TV, and the internet.
I came up with the idea of “Quarter to Me” which involves finding small windows in our 168 hour week to prioritise doing some enjoyable activities. The simple act of using quarter hour blocks for doing something meaningful to you allows you to spend time doing activities that otherwise wouldn’t happen.
The following steps will help guide you through incorporating “Quarter to Me” into your life. Continue reading
Do you miss going to the cinema? It can be really frustrating when you have symptoms like fatigue and pain and don’t handle all the sensory stimulation of the movie theatre. Going out to the cinema can be a long and tiring outing. There is the car ride, the walk to the cinema, the ques for the tickets and candy bar, and lots of ads and trailers. It is also expensive and when you are chronically ill you might be watching your spending. You also have to deal with the weather when you leave your house, extreme heat or cold some days.
Instead of feeling disheartened that you can’t get to the cinema try re-creating the experience at home. Enjoy the process of planning and organising, make it something to look forward to. Continue reading