Breaking the Monotony
After a while you may start to get bored with your usual activities. To try and break up the monotony think of ways to change your normal activity periods. It’s really easy to lose track of the world around you when you’re stuck inside, especially if you’re unable to go out into the garden or even have the curtains open. You can lose all sense of the time of year and the seasons. It’s lovely when people bring things in from outside for you to see, touch and smell. They can bring in anything, maybe flowers, leaves and stones from the garden, even snow or icicles in the winter and sand or shells in the summer.
My Mum used to put things in a washing up bowl, so that I could enjoy them and then she could take them away easily.
High Days and Holidays
The best form of inspiration comes from special days of the year e.g. Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday, Easter, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Bring elements of these days into your room in the form of pictures, cuddly toys, flags and banners. Let your imagination run wild. Design decorations to hang up and think of related craft activities.
If the day has special foods associated with it and you are able to eat them, then have a special feast. If not, have some of you favourite foods.
During the summer when everyone else is going away on holiday, why not have a virtual holiday. You can visit any country in the world without leaving your bed. Get your carer to order books from the library or go on the Internet, so that you have some information and pictures of your destination. Think about the sites, sounds and smells.
At first you may feel a little silly doing these kinds of activities; but if you include your friends and family you can have a lot of fun. The only limit is your imagination. Just because you are ill doesn’t mean that you can’t do some fun things and make fantastic memories.
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