7 hobby inspirations for the house bound with Fibromyalgia


"You need to get out more and get yourself a hobby"


Really Sandra? What part of this balancing act of illness are you not grasping?

Some people really do need to turn over the record on advice for the chronic illness community.

When you have an illness that requires you to balance every ounce of energy you have, juggling your spoons daily (Read- What is a Spoonie? )  it is hard to get out there into the big wide world.

Yes, we need a boredom breaker, and maybe a hobby would help to stoke the flames of creativity.....
Put down the surfboard, hiking boots, tap shoes and fishing rod Sandra we need one we can do from our bed, the couch that is aimed at our level of energy.

Hobbies for the housebound is a simple list of the things I enjoy doing and may be inspirational to someone else. 

Crochet

Oh, how did I live so many years without this wonderful pastime? It was always something I longed to learn but over the years my attempts left me so frustrated. Knitting hurt my hands and my arm so it became a very slow process. A small square would take me forever and my attention span diminished as a result.



Back in 2016 on my birthday, it became a gift to myself that I would use that day to teach myself to crochet once and for all. 





You will need a 4mm crochet needle. I recommend one with a thick rubber handle for minimal pain dexterity. A ball of double knit yarn in your favourite colour as it makes it more enjoyable. 

This is the actual youtube that I watched over and over until I mastered it. 



Good Luck, but be warned it is very addictive (but very calming!)

Keeping houseplants alive


This may seem a strange hobby but it really is therapeutic to care for plants. I love my greenery, it really does make me smile daily. My favourite plant is Groot- a skip salvaged Yucca plant that I rescued. He is yarn bombed and has lots of pretty decorations hanging from him.






Spider plants are also super easy and fun. They sprout little babies for you to then re-pot and care for.






If you are stuck for what houseplants are easy to care for then here is a great link from Good House Keeping- The 25 indoor plants you can't kill

Instagram


Some may not see this as a hobby but to me it is. When I am having a bad day and I want to take my mind for a stroll within the confines of my bed or couch it is my version of exploring. Unlike Facebook you don't really need to talk much, a simple heart shape appreciation is all it takes.

I love to follow other peoples lives there, not through envy or unhappiness with my own, it is simply like reading a pictorial magazine but richer in content.

Instagram to me has many facets as a hobby. 

It enriches my love for crochet as there are some unbelievably talented people there. Just have a look at #crochet or #instacrochet or #crochetgirlgang

There are so many lovely creative people there that inspire me.

Lots of creative making pages on there like this one. 

Blueberry Button Creations


It makes me smile following likeminded women.

It keeps the Earth Hippy Mama side of me recharged following the whimsical little lives of other likeminded Mummies. They totally inspire me so here are some of my favourite Instagram accounts for whimsical parenting. 


Underwing and feather

Nurturing Soul

Lemonade and Magnolia
Hannah and the minibeasts

Quotes and words of wisdom keep me moving forward spiritually. All things #loveandlight 


Blogging, keeping a diary or journaling


These are all very cathartic methods to gain mental clarity and be a hobby. Keeping a diary and writing thoughts on paper gives me clarity. Once written I can see the reality, what I am truly thinking and then adjust my thoughts and even correct them. During some of the most challenging times of my life writing helped, now at possibly the happiest time it is still helping. 



Also being a stationary obsessed lady, it is also a great excuse to have lots of little books close by. 
  • A diary
  • An appreciation book
  • A journal
  • A memory book
  • A scrapbook

Being Snow White

Not sure if this is a hobby, role play or just feeding my childhood obsession but one of my past times is feeding the small wild animals. I always loved the kitchen scene with Snow White when the small forest creatures help her. Sadly I do not own a small wooden house in the forest but I do have a garden and it is filled with wildlife that needs my care. 



Yes, I turned into my parents that are obsessed with feeding the birds. My Mum also has a small squirrel that comes to the kitchen door each morning for food- I am so jealous!

I had a family of finches in my old house that would feed daily. I could watch them from my window each day and it was so lovely. My new house has so much potential as the area is more rural and my garden now has trees. Slowly I am gaining the trust of some small birds so I am hopeful for growth in this dept. 


The hobby element is seeing what small creature you can attract within your area and use google, books, and blogs to research more. It really is interesting and a great way to help the wildlife conservation. I would love to be out there helping Sea Shepard save the oceans but realistically my illness would throw a hissy fit so for me, saving small birds and moving baby snails from peoples paths is just as valuable.



Start a collection


Yes, I hold my hands up I was once THAT kid that collected stamps. This love for collecting extends to my adult life but I no longer collect stamps. Over the years I have collected various things from vintage china cups to crystals. 

My current obsession is Murano Glass clowns. I bought one in the summer and it started my love.  

Murano Glass Clowns from Italy are all hand-blown unique works of art. No two are exactly the same! The clowns come with the authentic Made In Murano, Italy sticker, and a certificate of authenticity. 



One of my stranger collections is lost objects for the happy shelf. 

Whenever I do manage to get out even just to the shop with my Mum or to the Doctors if we see a small lost item we keep it and give it love. 



Photography


I absolutely love taking photographs and it drives the boys insane so how shocked was I when this year one of the gifts they got me was a new camera. 

Just because you are confined to your house unwell it really should not stop you. I find colour and everyday life within my four walls amazing. 







Make an Instagram account and focus on a theme, use the same filter, frame, format for each image. Be creative the list of possibilities is endless!

Have nothing to photograph? Really?

I could happily make a wonderful Instagram feed using my bookshelf. Words are wonderful. Take an image of a paragraph and make that an image. Add a filter and kapow a wonderful themed hobby.




Or if you are good on the computer then sit in bed snug as a bug and make pretty images. 
Here is one I made earlier I am not a trained graphic designer or even computer literate, I am just a woman like you that has a laptop and time due to illness. 

I combine photography and creativity to make my Instagram feed, it really is a great hobby even if it is linked to my blog. All my images are from living in my house, captured on a rare good day or even going to the Doctors. Your home, garden, and hometown really are magical and have photographic opportunities everywhere. 

I have really enjoyed writing this blog. Now I am bursting with new ideas to share but I best stop at seven or it will become way too long. 

What hobbies do you enjoy whilst you are home due to illness? 

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Love and gentle hugs

Ness xx



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