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Enjoyable Things To Do When Living With a Chronic Illness

I am not going to lie to you, the last few weeks have been tough. I have been feeling unwell with a host of symptoms old and new. Today has been a better day and I wanted to get a post out, albeit short and sweet.

With this in mind, I wanted to hone in on enjoyable things to do when you are living with chronic illness. As always these things are dependent on energy levels and what symptoms are bothering you at the time, BUT it is always worthwhile having some things in your back pocket for those better days.

Enjoyable things to do:

  • Reading and/or listening to audio books
  • Listening to music
  • Painting
  • Crafting
  • Getting outside
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Soaking in the bath
  • Watching TV/Films
  • Baking
  • Going through old photos and reminiscing
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  • Daydreaming
  • Learning
  • Relaxing
  • Remembering how far you’ve come
  • Reading/hearing inspirational quotes
  • Planning
  • Watching comedy clips and laughing
  • Dancing
  • Listing things you like about yourself
  • Doing something for someone else
  • Eating

I wonder how many of these activities you can relate to when it comes to finding enjoyable things to do. Maybe you have your own that you would like to share….

8 thoughts on “Enjoyable Things To Do When Living With a Chronic Illness

  1. Having things we enjoy doing is so important when living with a chronic illness. I have two lists. One for when I feel decent and one for flares. Kind of like when mom would pull out the rainy day games. LOL.


  2. These are great ideas! Another idea would be doing Zoom calls with family or friends that we can’t spend time with in person. I also enjoy writing letter or sending cards. It doesn’t require much energy and benefits the recipient and the sender.


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