14 ways to enjoy resting

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My lymie friends, adjusting to a slower lifestyle can be frustrating. I went from a high-energy and highly-productive lifestyle… to a low-energy and not-so-productive lifestyle. At first, I couldn’t get over the disappointment. With a few years under my belt, I’ve truly learned to enjoy my time resting by discovering new passions and hobbies that fit my new life. I thought you might enjoy some suggestions, so here are my favorite things to do:

  1. Going on a relaxing adventure! Yes, you! Go see new, cool things, and keep the pace slow. Check out a museum you’ve never gone to, take a long-drive out in the country at sunset, get a massage, or go to a movie in the middle of the day! So many choices… I opt for “adventures” where I can easily sit and control my temperature.
  2. Watching Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for my movie and TV show needs. The best thing about these options is that you can’t run out of things to watch. Here are some of my favorite movies and TV shows:
    • Comedy: Parks & Recreation, Friends, Speechless, Chuck, 30 Rock, Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    • Drama: Sherlock, Elementary, The Crown, Blue Bloods, The West Wing, Suits, House, Downton Abbey, Newsroom (a lot of  curse words, but amazing content), Endeavour
    • Inspirational: Hundred Foot Journey, Behind the Mask, Warrior (2011), Frost / Nixon, Spy Game, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Woman in Gold
    • Reality TV: Master Chef, The Great British Baking Show, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, Grand Designs, Stay Here
    • Classics: High Society, Harvey, Thin Man (Series), How to Steal a Million, How to Marry a Millionaire, Charade
    • Sweet: North & South, Cinderella (2015), The Guernsey Literary Book Club, Little Women (2017), Pete’s Dragon (2016),  Zootopia, Young Victoria, Sense and Sensibility (2008)
    • Musicals: The Greatest Showman, Aladdin (2019), The Muppets (2011)
  3. Taking an Epsom salt bath. I love that I can do something good for my body, and all it requires is for me to get into a relaxing bath. Kayli for the win!
  4. Inviting a friend over to be a “couch buddy”. It can seem awkward to invite someone over when you’re not feeling well, but there are people who would be happy to come over and just sit with you. I have literally made the invitation to friends, “Do you want to come over to watch a movie and not talk?” We agree that I’m not up for talking, and it’s ok!
  5. Doing a simple, repetitive craft — It keeps your hands busy and your brain free from thinking too hard. If you make a lot of them, you could always give them to friends as “thinking of you” gifts.
  6. Remember all of those crafts you just made? You could open an etsy store to sell them!
  7. Finding a new low-impact hobby. Between all of the pills and phone calls to your insurance company, you need to have some FUN. Try a bunch of things you’ve never had time for in the past — I found out that I love baking! I also like writing, DIY projects, trying scones from every coffee/bakery shop in town, and napping. Napping is my favorite.
  8. Stretching. Yep, your body will thank you for taking the time to stretch. To get a solid stretch in can help a  ½ hour go by quickly. If you put on your favorite music playlist, time goes even faster. Go for it!
  9. Texting / Calling / E-mailing friends that I’m thinking about them. They’ll love it, and you’ll feel closer to them even though you’re apart.
  10. Reading (if your brain can handle it) or listening to an audio book is always a great pastime. Here are some suggestions via myawesome, smart and fun cousin, Alyssa, and a few from me too:
    • Auto-biography — Mark Twain’s Autobiography
    • Fantasy — The Way of Kings, The Lord of the Rings
    • Sci-Fi — Ender’s Game, Out of the Silent Planet
    • Thriller — The Dresden Files
    • Classic — Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Les Miserables
    • Christian Fiction — The Screwtape Letters, Black (Ted Dekker)
    • Christian Growth — Embracing Grace, Fight Back with Joy, Enjoying Your Journey with God
    • Children’s Books — The Little Prince
  11. Inviting people to bring a brown bag lunch to my house so we can catch up (that way I don’t have to cook, but I still get company).
  12. Playing games on my tablet / phone — I like two dots, sudoku, posit science, and fit brains.
  13. Writing down my thoughts about life, even if it seems depressing. It helps with processing. It helps you to be honest with yourself, so that you can be honest with others. Often, my writing comes out as prayers, and it’s neat to be able to look back over the years and see how God met my deep grief with comfort and help.
  14. Taking stock of all I have to be grateful for. Spending time remembering (and perhaps writing down) the things you’re thankful for reminds you that your life still has a lot of sweet moments. That may sound cheesy, but actually it’s a really powerful thing to look beyond the pain of the current moment.

Hope this gives you some ideas to make resting fun. Comment below if you want to share your favorite “passing the time” activity!

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