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What can we do To Change the Channel?

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Erell

Hi everyone !

 

Well, I'm convinced with the importance of trying regurlaly To change the Channel. But sometimes, I really don't know how To do it, what kind of activity I could try. And my motivation and creativity are often down. Most of the I'm housebounded because of agoraphobia. 

 

And then I wonder  : how do others in WD occupy their days ?

 

 

So I thought  : why  not sharing our ideas ?

Here are some :

 

- my father gave me a challenge : make a playlist of 1000 pieces of music that I like, from 1000 différent artists ( he is already at 500!)

 

- focus on a puzzle.

 

- Sort your clothes.

 

-....

 

Of course these are not miracle solutions, and sometimes you can only try for 5 minutes. Also, sometimes you can't try these ideas at all. 

For example  : it is often impossible for me To listen To music. And when I began To try To sort my clothes, I actually let them on the floor for 3 weeks before I found the courage To really sort them. 

 

And it is perfectly ok. 

 

My idea with this topic is just To create a box in which anybody could pick up ideas when days are long and full of mourning, and try them To see if it helps.

 

So what are yours? :)

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Baxter

Knitting when I'm exhausted.

 

Walking outdoors where there are some views of trees, meadow, water... watching birds at the feeders on my deck. 

 

 

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bubbles

I listen to podcasts. It's harder to get caught in my thinking if someone is talking into my ears (earbuds).

 

At times I have pulled myself up from the thinking. I actually put my hand up into a 'stop' position and say 'stop'. Must look odd, so I only do it if I'm alone. :)

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Erell
6 hours ago, bubbles said:

I listen to podcasts. It's harder to get caught in my thinking if someone is talking into my ears (earbuds).

 Oh yes, I started To listen To podcasts about a week ago, and it's great To change the Channel! 

What kind of podcasts do you listen To?

 

(Actually I find the 'stop' really great To remind yourself To stay in the now 😉)

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Healingnow
  • Learned how to make sourdough bread - a process that takes place over several days. Made my first two loaves yesterday!
  • Meditate using Headspace app or some other guided meditation. 
  • Watching travel shows on TV and dreaming of the day I feel good enough to travel
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bubbles
On 11/3/2019 at 3:20 PM, Erell said:

What kind of podcasts do you listen To?

 

I find myself listening to political podcasts, diet (as in whole food, nutrition and cooking, not necessarily losing weight), news. I'm sure there are more but that's what comes to mind now! YouTube has all sorts that I often turn on and just listen to rather than watch. I'm quite eclectic. I also like audio books.

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Guilietta

Hello everyone and good topic @Erell ;)

 

I do some of what others have mentioned here:

  • knitting (which I learned to do on youtube as I mentioned to @Erell). The beauty of learning on youtube is that you ask the teacher to repeat an unlilmited amount of times wihtout him/her thinking you are a dummy!
  • Telling myself to stay in the moment. Focus on what I am doing. This doesn't always work because the anxiety, heart/chest pounding, etc. often come back.  Telling myself that I have no reason to be agitated - to 'stop' and calm down.
  • Cleaning, weeding, anything physical if I am able.  I don't do things that tax executive function (planning, organizing, etc.).
  • Watching somethign on TV which holds my attention.
  • Listening to music that makes me happy. That is a great way to change the channel.
  • Coloring.
  • Learning about something I am very interested in - and can focus all of my energy on.
  • Go for a walk - sometimes helps.
  • Walk in a store (even in the grocery store) as there are plenty of distractions
  • Get out of the house @Erell I know you are mostly house-bound - but when you can get out - this might helpl you. :)

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Erell
21 hours ago, Guilietta said:

 The beauty of learning on youtube is that you ask the teacher to repeat an unlilmited amount of times 

I love this sentence 😄😄😄 So true !

 

I also learned To embroider on YouTube 😉

 

Great tips Guilietta, thank you !

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Stormstrong

Ooh! I've got a couple! Perfect timing for this topic... 

Those of you in the Western hemisphere will have the colder, darker months to endure. These things would pair nicely with winter:

 

* Get a cheap and simple crockery pot (slow cooker) and revel in the ease with which you can make filling and delightful meals. I think this is perfect for those of us having trouble with food and cooking for ourselves. There are so many wondrous dishes. Slow cooking comes in only two steps: prepping ingredients and leaving them to cook for hours. I watched video of a man getting together some potatoes, carrots, some other simple veggies, throwing them into the pot, and having a beautiful meal of roasted veggies that probably lasted him a couple of days. Ah, here it is:

 

* Loom knitting - buy one of those simple and cheap knitting looms, with which you can make wall hangings. So many benefits. It is a soothing, grounding, meditative activity. And you will make lovely art that will grace your walls. I'm sure many of us can use a boost of eclectic, handmade beauty to our living surroundings. Something like this: 

 

(oh, and rant: please don't use acrylic yarn, if you can afford natural yarn. Synthetics end up as microplastics and adversely affect everything on earth.)

 

 

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Guilietta
21 hours ago, Erell said:

I also learned To embroider on YouTube 😉

 

 

Awesome! Do you do counted cross stitch? Petit point? Or other?

 

What types of things have you made?

 

I used to do counted cross stitch - and made some pictures for people as gifts.

 

It is good because it forces you to count - like knitting - so it is a good wya tofocus/distract yourself withotu being 'thinky.'

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Erell
On 11/22/2019 at 4:12 PM, Guilietta said:

 

Awesome! Do you do counted cross stitch? Petit point? Or other?

 

What types of things have you made?

 

I used to do counted cross stitch - and made some pictures for people as gifts.

 

It is good because it forces you to count - like knitting - so it is a good wya tofocus/distract yourself withotu being 'thinky.'

 

I try To learn different stich,  Thanks To YouTube 😄 Can't say i'm good at it, but it helps To distract!

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