I’ve talked about my love of crafting on this blog before, I’ve even talked about how I like to keep my mind occupied (usually by crafting) while I rest before, but considering “rest” was one of the more popular responses to our “how do you manage your Fibromyalgia symptoms” poll, I’m going to go ahead and repeat myself. I really like like that this community talks a lot about mental health in addition to physical health, and it’s something I want to sprinkle into this blog post, so bear with me.
So let’s talk about how I, like a lot of Spoonies, find myself resting in my bed every day. Sometimes, I’m so wiped out I’m there all day; sometimes I’m only there for half an hour, but despite being in my early thirties, I often find myself needing to go lay down and rest at some point during my day- which isn’t great for my self-esteem. Not to mention the fact that spending that much time alone isn’t that great either. Add pain, fatigue and other symptoms on top of that, and more often than not you’re going to need to take precautions to make sure you don’t go to what I like to call “the dark and swirly place.”
Some people like to distract or occupy their mind when their on bed rest by watching tv/movies, reading, writing, coloring or doodling, and I do all of these things, but my favorite thing to do is craft. I literally craft so much I had to create an Etsy store because I didn’t have room or didn’t need the things I was making, but wasn’t going to stop making things because it was super fun, and also because if I didn’t have something to do I’d claw my eyes out. It feels like most of my time is spent in bed, watching something and crafting, and really, I’m glad I found something I like to do because I’d be in bed regardless.
A lot of crafting can can be mindless, which is perfect, and honestly, occasionally selling something I made simply because I wanted to make that thing is an added benefit because I no longer work full-time, and even when I did money was tight, so every little bit helps.
I also like that I’m creating things, and a lot of times from up-cycled materials or things I already had, which are some of my favorite projects.
This has all been a long way of saying, resting is necessary sometimes in taking care of your physical health, and please make sure you’re not neglecting your mental health, and hobbies can be a great self-care tool.
Below is a recent project that I'm really proud of but I don't think I would have had the patience to finish if I wasn't so often in bed and needing to keep my mind positive and busy.
What do you like to do to keep your mind occupied when you have to spend long periods of time resting? Let us know in the comments below!
Heather, Fabulous Fibro-Fighter and FSC Founder