It’s easy for seniors and the disabled to start to feel isolated because of their condition. They may too often feel stuck at home with no exciting ways to pass the time. It’s common, and if that’s you, then you’re not alone. July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and it’s dedicated to fighting ways to fight that boredom during the hottest stretch of summer vacation.
While the spirit of the month revolves around the kids that are home from summer break, there are plenty of ways that seniors and the disabled can benefit from this useful reminder as well. Below are some activities that seniors and the disabled can participate in to live a happy, healthy, and boredom-free lifestyle.
Volunteer – This is a great way to stay socially connected and give back to the community with your time and talents. It can provide purpose and meaning while allowing you to stay active.
Visit with Friends – It is challenging and complicated to maintain friendships into adulthood. But connecting with the friends we can talk with provides tremendous benefit to our health and happiness.
Take Up a New Hobby – It can be easy to slide into unproductive habits, such as watching television. If you have large blocks of spare time, it may be time to pick up a new hobby or skill. You could learn how to play guitar, learn how to cook, or simply read more. It’s never too late and these types of activities enrich your life.
Exercise – This may mean different things for different people. For some, it may mean an active run. For others, it may mean a walk or a stroll in your wheelchair. But the important thing is to move your body whenever, and however you can.
Learn Something New – It’s never too late to learn a new language or read some of those history books that you never had time for. If there’s something driving you, something that you’ve been curious about, it’s during these windows where you’re bored that you can explore.
Let Your Creativity Drive You – Finding your creative output can help you live a more purposeful life and experience less boredom. This may mean music, writing, or art. It may mean finding a way to complete small tasks more creatively.
Don’t Let Boredom Win
Our time is our most valued resource. Make sure that you are doing everything you can to spend it in a purposeful and fulfilling manner. This July, that means taking the time to think about this issue and celebrating Anti-Boredom Month in a way that is meaningful to you.