Need ideas of what to do this weekend?
- Chair exercises. You can go on the computer to find exercise routines via YouTube, or purchase a video at a local department store such as Target or Wal*Mart, even the library.
- Go for a walk (or a roll if you are in a wheelchair) around the neighborhood with family or a caregiver.
- Head to a museum, the zoo, a park, animal shelter, bookstore, or library.
- Listen to your favorite music. Dance in your chair, or with a family member or caregiver.
- Electronic games. The Wii is a great tool for mentally and physically stimulating games such as bowling, tennis, Pictionary, puzzles and math games.
- Old board game favorites. Card games, checkers or chess, tic-tac-toe, Monopoly, trivia, twenty questions.
- Read a favorite book, or pick up a book on your shelf you have yet to read.
- Go out to eat at a new restaurant.
- Write. Jot down the family tree, important dates, family stories, or your story.
- Go through your favorite recipes.
- Have a movie night with family or your caregiver with snacks.
- Some great options: Driving Ms. Daisy (1989), On Golden Pond (1981), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Singing in the Rain (1952), Walk the Line (2005).
- Snacks: popcorn, hot cocoa, trail mix, ice cream sundaes, soda or fruit infused water.
- Visit with family, and friends, or even a community social group.
- Go through and organize drawers, papers, magazines.
What other activities can you think of for a fun weekend? How about movie suggestions? Music suggestions? Book suggestions?
Staying busy throughout the week and weekend keeps the body stimulated mentally, physically, and emotionally. It can decrease feelings of depression, loneliness, or anxiety, and give a purpose to each day.