I’m still suffering quite a bit and getting worse rather than better on my elimination diet. The things that make me feel better are:
- Walking in nature (though sometimes visual disturbances from sunlight thru the trees set me off a little.)
- Doing errands, driving short distances, going to the supermarket or to a thrift shop with my daughter - short, low-stress activities that are varied help me feel better. I actually took a job as a “household manager” when I was first disabled by this disease. Then I added a “compost salesperson,” going door to door. Before that I was an executive and public speaker - had to give that up.
- Housework - staying off all screens and moving around a lot.
- Cooking! (Updated.)
I used to think reading was safe but I’m not finding that anymore.
I gasped when I read going to the supermarket! it sounds like your safe activities can be well combined with getting useful things done, so that’s handy.
I was actually trying to compile a list of safe activities the other day:
- Being in nature, either having a proper walk or just a gentle short stroll depending on how I’m feeling.
- Doing Pilates (yoga is not completely safe because of the sun salutations/ forward folds).
- Watching slow films/ documentaries. I can do that almost in any state I’m in.
- I love cooking and can generally do that even if it takes a while to get going.
I forgot cooking! That’s right up there too. Will have to edit.
I recently got my nerve up and went to the pool (only open seasonally where I live) and gentle swimming and moving in the water was heavenly!
Light yard work. In particular, weeding flower beds and planting new flowers. It’s therapeutic, plus I’m on my hands and knees, so if I do fall, I don’t have far to go and the ground is soft.
Oh my goodness- housework, gardening, even going for a walk seem to set me off nowadays.
Crocheting is the thing that calms my soul.
And snuggling on the sofa with my dogs (sorry husband and children )
Definitely gardening for me. Planting, harvesting, weeding, even lawn mowing. Going to my strength gym also makes me feel better.