Disabled and Housebound
Disabled and housebound, are these two separate problems? They can be mutually exclusive but much worse, you could be both disabled and housebound. I will discuss 5 ways to help you survive being housebound, I will throw in physical disability for good measure.
Walls feel like they are closing in
The biggest problem, you can easily loose contact with what is happening outside of your tiny world. This is an extremely difficult problem to handle. You can easily find yourself losing the will to live and compete. There are times when the walls feel like they are closing in. Its hard to know what to do if you physically can not get out side, no matter how much you may want to.
Friends are very important
Here are a few tips that might help you. Friends and family are very important, do not forget that. They can bring you news, information. presents, gossip. If they are good friends you can talk with them or at them. They will listen to you and help you to stay mentally alert. Anyway here are a few hints to help you with survival.
1) Bring the outside world into your home
Ask friends, carers or relations to bring something from the outside in for you to see, smell and handle. There is always something that tells you about the season, something from the garden, local park or maybe the beach, Change the photographs as the seasons change. Think of things that evoke thoughts of the month or season. Try to ensure that the curtains are pulled back during the day so you can see what is happening outside.
2) Keep your mind active
You need something to break the monotony and boredom. Maybe its possible to play games with friends such as chess, scrabble or bridge. The radio is always good because you can be doing something else while listening. Photography, painting or drawing will always keep you thinking. In a room the light will create shadows, pets and people can often be good subjects. Nothing beats a good 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle but you will need a separate table for it.
There are a huge number of other activities that can stimulate you. Keeping a diary is a good one but I do not find it easy but there are things like Audio Boo, a form of social networking. So often there are books that you have kept for a rainy day and don’t forget the Kindle.
Television, this is a difficult one to call. I hardly watch any TV but there are some excellent programs but there is also an awful lot of rubbish. Over a period of time I get hooked into TV and I soon reach the stage of where I am a professional couch potato. Before I know it I’m eating packets of biscuits, crunching my way through crisps and pizzas. Before I know it I have lost interest in everything else. The other problem with TV is that it always demands 100% of your concentration because the picture is changing. TIf you want to stop just tell your self its visual chewing gum.
If possible ask your friends and relatives to come at different times when they visit you. Their role is so important. Change and variation makes the days less monotonous and less predictable.
4) Use social media
The advent of the computer means that there is so much more information available, it is almost limitless. Here are a few ideas
- Write on different forums, if it is a good forum then the conversation thread can take unexpected turns. There are forums on anything you can think of, well almost anything.
- Learn new skills, for example touch typing, correspondence courses, languages.
- Start a blog, build a website, create a Facebook page and post comments to Twitter, start Audi Boo. It is very easy to build up a circle of virtual friends using the Internet and Social Networking.
5) Celebrate happy events
Make sure that you celebrate birthdays and personal successes. This is important because it gives you something to look forward to. Always ensure that they are joyful occasions and that there are people to celebrate them with you.
Always remember the good times
A calender or a diary allows you to plan for the future as well as record the moments that you enjoyed.
Being housebound is incredibly frustrating. As your strength and energy returns it is only too easy to push yourself too hard, you end up taking a step backwards. I’m talking from experience. Always remember the good times, that makes it much more bearable.