Men’s Health Week, June 15-21, 2015, is a good time to think about fun yet relaxing activities for mesothelioma patients who are recuperating from treatment. Recovery can be a long process full of small victories and even some setbacks. This can be a challenging time because you may not feel well and your activity level will be limited.
So, how do you keep yourself entertained? A variety of activities can be helpful for everyone involved—the patient and caregivers.
Here are some activities that will help keep you going each day while you get some much needed rest:
From solitaire to poker to bridge, there’s a reason card games have always been popular. There are many game options, but sometimes the old favorites can be the most fun.
With renewed popularity, the number of board games is staggering. Many can be played with as few as 2 people. From classics such as Battleship and Clue to the new generation of great games, like The Settlers of Catan and Pandemic, board games can be a great interactive activity and can provide hours of entertainment.
There are video games for every interest and every skill level—and they are available on almost any device in your home. From games that were popular 30 years ago, such as Tetris and Super Mario Bros., to the latest and greatest interactive online masterpieces, like Call of Duty and Skyrim, games are available everywhere. Sometimes, a round of Angry Birds on your cell phone is just what you need.
June and July are great months for sports fans, as the baseball season is inching toward the halfway point, and the NBA and NHL finals are starting. Major League Soccer is in season as well. And for the millions of NFL fans, the off-season is starting to heat up. With growing public interest in fringe sports, and the Internet providing a glimpse into different cultures, sports like mixed martial arts, bull riding, and lacrosse are becoming more widely available.
Branching Off a Hobby
Try to incorporate a favorite pastime into a new activity. For example, if you are a fisherman, maybe you could make lures or flies. It would be quite rewarding to catch that first fish on a lure you created. If you enjoy bird-watching, this could be an ideal time to build or paint your own birdhouse.
Read a Book
Research a new topic you’re interested in. Or choose a book from an author you’ve never read before. It may open you up to a new favorite or reinforce why you like a particular style or genre of writing. Either way, reading can be entertaining and relaxing at the same time.
Light Physical Activity
This will depend on a number of factors and will be different for each patient. Physical activity is great for recovery and should be a component of any plan. Taking a walk, visiting the beach, and just getting out into nature can have an enormous impact on how you view your situation. Just be sure to check with your doctor first to ask about any limitations.
Start a Journal or Blog
Writing about your day-to-day activities and reflections can be very rewarding. It’s also a great way to assess how you can improve each day. When you share your thoughts online through a blog, it can be fun to see how others interact with your writing by posting comments. You can find free and easy options online to begin a blog, and most will walk a beginner through the process. While there are many options out there, here’s one to consider: http://startbloggingonline.com/.
Whatever you do while recovering from treatment, make sure you are enjoying your time and having fun with the people around you.