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Sleep, lavender & peppermint essential oils, long baths/showers, clean eating, walking, drink lots of water, fish oil, BINURAL BEATS, deep breathing, meditation, feel good movies, connect with my 1 or 2 friends that I have left (no lol), journaling, walk in the grass barefoot, cook, deep clean, I try to organize but sometimes that overwhelms me if I’m already @ wits end. It just really depends on my mood & what I’m able to handle @ that present moment.
Answer transcribed from the Brightway Answers interview with recreation therapist Holly Auth:
As a recreation therapist, I recommend a few things. Having a set routine throughout your day, throughout your week, is really important to make sure that you're being productive.
Start by taking a look at your typical day. Are you achieving as much as you would like? If not, what can you do to change that? So if you're not going to therapy or you're not working, what are you spending your time on? It's important to make sure that you're meeting your basic needs: things like hygiene, sleep, eating, exercising, medication management. Once you feel like you've set that pretty well, you can start adding things like cleaning, laundry, paying bills, organizing, things like that. For example, mondays you do the laundry, tuesdays and thursdays you exercise, and fridays you work on balancing your checkbook.
Once you feel like you've mastered those things, try adding in some cognitive tests. I've always enjoyed sudoku puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. There are a lot of great websites that help with cognition like BrainHQ and Luminosity - both of those I think offer free trials but ultimately cost money. There are also some free games on a website called Shockwave. These games can help with memory, visual processing, and problem solving. One in particular is called the Daily Diff that's on shockwave.com. There are hidden object games, matching games - a lot of fun tasks but where you are also working on some cognitive tasks as well.
So I would make sure that you have a solid routine and that you are being productive and trying to limit those days where you're kind of sitting on the couch and not doing much. It's okay every once in a while, but I think establishing a routine is probably the most important thing.