How do you deal with lack of stimulation from not working FT?

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   Posted 5/18/2016 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I work part time from home but can't work full time anymore. I've been working from home for 4 years and lately I feel extremely restless and understimulated.

It's not that I don't like my house but my world is very small. Sometimes I don't go out for a whole week at a time (usually that's winter). I feel like a major change of scenery might help.... like moving to a new city. I know that's not a solution but maybe it would help. I'm thinking of moving someplace where the weather is nicer and I can be outdoors more often.

Any suggestions?
Fibromayalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Insomnia, Hashimoto Disease, Endometriosis, Pernicious Anemia

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Date Joined May 2016
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   Posted 5/18/2016 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I can sympathize with you. I don't get out very often either. It's difficult. One of the things I do is to listen to my NPR radio station. It's particularly good and it's always stimulating.
That probably has you going "Oh boy, this person doesn't get it." But, it does help me.
Here's another thought that my be off, but if there's anyway you can join a group of any sort that could help you. I know sometimes with this illness it's just too much to do physically. But, feeling like part of a community, (if you don't, I don't know your situation) can go a long way towards making this feel better in general.

I didn't address the idea of moving, because I don't know you, so I don't know if it would make a difference in your life or not. If you think it would help and you can afford it maybe it would be nice for you.


Dancing Dawn
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Date Joined Feb 2015
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   Posted 6/17/2016 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello ESME,
I do know what you mean. I worked full time and then part time out of the home until I
retired. Then, I volunteered. My conditions flared up these last two-three years and I found I
was able to go fewer places. That's because my immunity was weakened and I could easily catch
very bad colds and even pneumonia in schools and other places I had gone before.
I know that cabin fever feeling you speak of in winters especially. I live in northern CA
and we do get rain and dampness in the winter. Most days I'm able to go out and that's good.
It's hard to say what to do without knowing where you live and more about you.
I know that I have signed up in the last two months for 'day trips'. (Also I don't know
your finances.) but those are tours that go to some very scenic and cool places. This
has lifted my spirits and given me something to look forward to Have you thought of just
taking a vacation? I'm a big believer in 'going places that interest you'. It could be a
day at an art museum, a play, a movie. These things have kept me from getting so
isolated. Those are local things and not too expensive. Also, yes, finding a local
support group can also be most helpful if you're able to drive or even take a bus.
As far as moving, I would attempt to check it out ahead of time. Also, I feel
that initially you may feel better but you may become disenchanted later.
These are just a few of my thoughts and I hope they may be of some help
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