How do I fill my day since I'm out on medical leave?
March 25, 2012 1:44 PM Subscribe
How do you fill/structure your day when you go from a full-time job to a period of short-term (and possibly long-term) disability?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have rheumatoid arthritis which at the moment is uncontrolled. I'm well treated and have confidence in my rheumatologist and other doctors, so the medical aspect is handled. But, after working since the age of 16 and being a full-time employee for the last 20+ years, I'm now on short-term disability which may extend into long-term and possibly even permanent disability. I leave home about once per week, usually combining a doctor's appointment or errand to pick up medicine or supplies with a meal out, just to be "out in the world" a bit.
I'm struggling with having a structure to my day without having a job to go to, and even knowing how to fill my day considering I'm not working and with my health issues. I've never in my life had a problem with being bored or lacking things to do, but being ill and having low energy and physical limitations, projects like cleaning out closets, redecorating my living room, etc, are out. As another complicating factor, my hands and wrists are particularly affected, so the usual quiet activities like knitting and other handwork are out most days.
So, my questions:
-- How do you structure your day when there is really no structure? I feel like I'd do better with some sort of routine, but I'm having trouble having one w/o the backbone of a work day to pin it on and the complication of not really being able to tackle anything very physical. Examples of how other folks have figured out a routine without a real structure to base it on, would be very helpful.
-- Secondly, any suggestions for low energy projects or activities that aren't "hand intensive" would be awesome!
Thanks for your ideas!