Achy joints can put a damper on your favorite pastimes. And giving up these activities can leave you feeling disengaged and bored.
But don’t blame it on a dull
environment. A study by John Eastwood, PhD, a professor and psychologist at York University in Toronto, Canada, found that participants who lost touch with their emotions were more prone to boredom. Eastwood says emotional detachment breeds boredom because
a person “loses compass points that steer us toward satisfying activity.”
Acknowledge your feelings and grieve your loss, says Eastwood. “Just don’t get stuck there.”
To get unstuck, find a comparable activity with similar underlying appeal. If you bowled, for example, on a deeper level you may actually crave the social connection.
have been going through a tough time with the 2020 pandemic, so we are craving that social connection we so desperatly want and need. "This too shall pass !" keep the faith.
Some of the following suggestions may be hard
to do during this time, but keep reading, there is something for all of us to do, in one way or another, and at this time in moderation.
Arthritis-induced ankle pain lead Gail Kershner Riggs, a retired faculty member in rheumatology and geriatrics at the Arizona Arthritis Center in Tucson, to give up gourmet cooking. But she preserves the inner joy of her hobby by hosting
dinner parties: Friends bring the entrees while she fills in with side dishes and sets a beautiful table. “I still get to experience a delicious meal with friends,” says Riggs.
in new pursuits to satisfy your inner urges.
Passion: Camaraderie and competition
Former activity: Bowling, tennis, kickball, golf
New pursuit: Game night Invite friends over for a weekly game of Nintendo Wi-fi tennis, golf, baseball or boxing. If you don’t have a Wi-fi, hold backgammon, Scrabble, chess or bridge tournaments.
Passion: Creative expression
Former activity: Drawing, pottery, sculpture, woodworking
New pursuit: Art appreciationVisit museums and galleries to study the
masterpieces of favorite painters.( online if these are not open to the public yet). Volunteer at a local art fair or support the work of a local budding artist.
Former activity: Water-skiing, kite-surfing, white-water rafting
New pursuit: Deep-water running Strap on a flotation device and jump into the pool. It’s non-impact and you’ll still
be getting a cardio and strength workout. Or paddle on smooth water in a lightweight kayak, which is easy to maneuver and spares lower joints. (Check to see which Y's or health clubs are open to the public in small numbers)
Passion: Communing with nature
Former activity: Gardening
New pursuit: Sponsor a school or community garden. Volunteer at an arboretum or botanical garden.
Or broaden your knowledge by becoming a master gardener through your state or county extension service.
Passion: Outdoor adventure
Hiking, rock-climbing, skiing
New pursuit: Drive to short, accessible paths to waterfalls, mountain views and scenic canyons.In a few steps you can immerse yourself in the natural world. (remember to take your caamera)
Alternatively, you could rent a fully-equipped camper and stay overnight in state or national park.( soon, we pray)
Passion: Diverse cultures
Former activity: Globe-trotting
New pursuit: Travel vicariously with Couch Surfers (www.couchsurfing.org), a worldwide network that lets you host visitors from around the world (and vice versa).
You’ll learn about the world’s far-flung places from people who live there.
"We make our habits, and then our habits make us." ~John Dryden
How true this is..as
we grow older sometimes the things we were able to do are difficult, or just not possible. It's at this time we realize we need to accept change and make new habits. Habits that keep us active mentally and physically, with a few restrictions. Here is
another quote that relates to this subject.
"You often hear, 'be bold, take a leap! Sometimes you should, other times there's a better idea...TAKE A STEP."
"The positive thinker see's the
invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible."
~Robert H. Schuller
Lord help me to be a positive thinker. I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
Don't let your passion for life be stolen...!
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.