Glad to hear you at least have the desire to tackle the tasks and try to whatever level you can do, b/c my experience is, even though frustrating, that I cannot do it to the same standard or liking I'd like, if I do "nothing" I get more depressed; Accomplishment is one of the things we all need for our sense of well being.
I am doing more singing out in public again, b/c I feel at least I can do something to feel like I inspire or bring joy to others. I take care of my granddaughter, daily, and I'm helping her to learn counting, alphabet, speaking and understanding; we read and visit the library and the park; so, feel like I have value to not only the baby (now a little over 2) but also to our daughter who wouldn't feel good to go to work out of the home with someone else caring for her child. Win Win! I'm enriched greatly, though a two year old can be tiring! LOL
I cook and share with friends and family often b/c so many now depend on fast food or boxed and frozen foods b/c of fast paces kept with work schedules. They appreciate home cooked items and sharing meals when I put a get-together or bon fire gathering together for their benefit. We have more time than money so those are the things I do to give and in the process it gives me a sense of joy and happiness too. It is tiring sometimes but when I see how much everyone enjoys it, it's well worth the energy spent.
As Tami mentioned a fresh onion cut in half and placed in a saucer or small bowl, in various rooms will freshen and sanitize from airborne cold and flu germs that may be enclosed in winter weather. I too have allergies, and take a daily dosage of Zyrtec (cetirizine) and still sometimes must be cautious how much I'm out doors, digging in dirt (mold allergy) or wind b/c autoimmune can send me on overload mode.
One thing I have learned is not compare myself in relation to "how much I do or what I do" as what we do and who we are , are not the equivalent of our worth! I read this philosophy and principle in Tuesdays with Morrie about a man with ALS and the progressive stages and state of mind with loss of function. If you can, read it or watch the movie or get the audio book. It will quite possibly give you a new prospective on chronic illness and disability.
Final note, sending greetings cards , letter, notes, or phone calls is another thing I do to feel a certain value to others and lifts my spirits to reach out to others. I cannot write for very long periods of time b/c of difficulty holding and controlling a pen, holding a phone or even punching numbers to dial the phone is challenging but if i can occasionally do that, and I hear the joy in the other person's voice, it can truly brighten your day and theirs! Winter can become depressing but these are a few things to consider.
braylin's gramma said:
Hi CM....I haven't been sleeping well so I haven't gotten much done around my apartment. I had my son take some bins out of a closet for me thinking that if they are in the living room "in the way" I will go thru them quicker. HAHAHA!!! I am doing a little at a time. I get frustrated as it seem the littlest chore is tiring or frustrating.
I too have to be careful during the flu season. I try not to go out much. I can't get a flu shot because of allergies.. I am extra careful with door handles and such too. I usually set out the vinegar in the summer for fruit flies, but will have to try it in the winter too. Living in Northern Minnesota I don't open the windows much in the winter except maybe a few minutes for fresh air if I know I am going to be home a lot. And I love cooking with onion and garlic too~
Have a great weekend !