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I’ve become quite the couch potato since getting diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia. Some days, it is all I’m capable of doing. However, there are some days and even parts of the day, I know I’m doing it out of pure routine and habit. There have been too many times lately that I’m stuck staring at the Netflix screen, flipping through the selection and realizing I’ve run out of options. Because of this, I thought I’d share with you some alternatives to fill your day other than a Netflix binge, that won’t require much physical exertion.


I find so many benefits in being able to create something. The sense of accomplishing something, even on the not so good days, gives me a sense of purpose. It allows me to flex my creative muscles, distract me from the pain of reality, and no matter how fast or how slow I am moving around, I can still end up creating something beautiful. Since becoming disabled, I have began to paint more with acrylics (Watercolour has always been my first choice) as I thought it would be great to learn a new painting method. I also have taught myself the art of embroidery/cross-stitch. I’ve narrowed down some creative outlets you can try, below:

  • Watercolour or acrylic painting
  • Cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet
  • Baking/cake decorating
  • Photography
  • Make a playlist


Playing games can get your mind working in different ways that can keep the mind sharp. Below are some options:

  • Soduko
  • Word Search/Crossword
  • Words with friends (I haven’t played yet but I read it was great for improving word skill! A must with the brain frog. Am I right?!)


Getting time outside can have a really positive impact on how you’re feeling. In the winter months it can be more difficult, especially here in Canada, but getting fresh air and sunlight can really change your mood and perspective.

  • sit on your balcony, porch or deck and take in all of the nature or life surrounding you
  • go for a short walk
  • go to an outdoor concert or show
  • have a picnic at the nearest park

What do you do to fill your time living with a chronic illness? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 🙂


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