Planning Ahead of a Crisis

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. – Winston Churchill

One of the most interesting activities I have done in the last few years was an exercise where I asked a question to an international support site I used to be a chat host for.  I asked the group what were some things that they had on their bedside table.  This might seem highly inappropriate until I explain the context.

This again has to do with advance planning.  I’m sure many of you have been in the middle of a situation where you were taken out of the game for a period of time.  My situation is that either physically, I cannot leave the house, or I am too anxious emotionally to do much either.  In those circumstances, I have felt lost as to what to do with myself.  Although I believe in feeling the feelings, I also believe in distraction.  However, when I am limited to not being able to leave my house or even at times, even leaving my bed, I have limited resources near me to distract.  It is for that reason that I wanted to create a list of things that we can do when we have limitations.  This list is long, and I would love it if you would all add suggestions.  The reason for that is that all of us have different things that work for us or that we enjoy.  Your own list should also contain multiple things because sometimes things just stop working for us.  I am an avid reader.  Books used to be one of my go-tos.  However, there are times with a relapse that my eyes stop working well.  If books were my only resource, I would be stuck.   I will start the list and let’s see what other ideas are out there so that we can all start building up our “side table.”

List of Things to Do When You Can’t Do Much

  • read
  • listen to audio books
  • listen to music
  • rewrite a song
  • write poetry
  • journal
  • meditate
  • watch tv
  • draw
  • colour
  • computer games
  • crocheting
  • knitting
  • crafts
  • phone friends
  • write a letter of what you want to do when you feel better
  • online support groups
  • play cards

Let’s see what we can come up with.


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