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Carers UK Forum • Boredom in Depression
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Boredom in Depression

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:26 am
by Benjamin Moore
My wife has been out of work for a number of years now and due to her various physical health issues it doesn't look like she's going to be getting back into paid employment any time soon. Over the last two years she has become bored to the point where she feels she has nothing and doesn't see the point of anything. As such I have two problems I would appreciate any imnput on:
1) How to occupy her time whe she is physically limited to how far she can walk and how often she can get out and what she can do with her hands but needs to be a practical person (we are not well off either)
2) How to interrupt the cycle whereby she is SO BORED that everything is boring and she is trapped in a loop of boredom.

Any thoughts?

Cheers
Ben

Re: Boredom in Depression

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:24 pm
by Minnie
Hi Ben,
How about knitting if she is up to it, or audio books are very good, free out of
the Libraries . Jigsaws maybe. not sure if this helps, thinking of ideas.
Take care
Minnie Image

Re: Boredom in Depression

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:31 pm
by Booksey
I know you said stuff she can do with her hands but what about a Open university course. They had loads of short courses and funding is available if you're on certain benefits

Re: Boredom in Depression

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:11 pm
by Simon Turner
Its not the hand that needs occupying its the mind.

Re: Boredom in Depression

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:09 pm
by Benjamin Moore
Minnie- she loves audio books, quite enjoys jigsaws but we lack the space (ditto plasitc kits) and hasn't really the hands for knitting. She tells people she is arthritic sometimes as it is simpler than a full explanation.

Simon- very true, but she does like to be active.

Booksey- had forgotten we looked into OU many years ago. Chasing it up again and may be on to something. Now looking into whether or not I can source her a computer of her own.

Thanks guys.

Re: Boredom in Depression

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:41 pm
by Monty
What about an iPad. Someone suggested it to me and I find it very helpful.

Re: Boredom in Depression

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:08 pm
by Badgers
My wife is mostly housebound through her mental health problems. She also suffers from a bad back and has put on a fair bit of weight.

The BBC iPlayer is a real saviour for watching stuff and listing to radio plays too.

As for keeping the mind occupied and learning we found a GREAT free website - https://www.khanacademy.org/
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