GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Kirsten at Graphic Organic

How To Be Productive During A Flare

Whenever I have a flare and I can’t get off the couch, I feel like a burden. Sound familiar?

Before I go into detail, I want to point out that resting is being productive, and it is NOT a waste of time. I know it’s cliché, but it’s just true. Our bodies need to rest in order to heal.

It’s not my fault I became ill, so I shouldn’t feel guilty about resting. I’m still learning to listen more to my body, but that desire of wanting to do something ‘useful’ is a feeling I can’t get seem to get rid of.

I made a list of four activities that don’t require much energy, can be done from bed, and will also give you that satisfied, productive feeling. These are just ideas, and may not be for everyone, but they are here to help you get through a flare.

1. Clean up your e-mail

I always put off cleaning up my e-mail. I have a full inbox with at least 100 unread e-mails. It’s a task I put on the bottom of my to-do list because it’s not urgent and I just hate doing it. Whenever I can’t work, I delete old e-mails and unsubscribe from newsletters I no longer need.

I’m always afraid I will accidentally delete important e-mails. Here’s a neat tip: I like to type a certain word or sentence like ‘Urban Outfitters’ or ‘Forever 21’ in the search box and you’ll get all advertising e-mails on one page so you can easily delete them without worrying about other e-mails.

2. Educate Yourself

You know that famous quote: ‘knowledge is power’? Being on bed will give you time to educate yourself and expand your horizons. Choose a topic that interests you and learn more about it by reading a non-fiction book, take a free online course, do some online research, listen to a podcast, or watch a few YouTube videos. When I suffer from brain fog the last thing I want to do is concentrate. Your topic can be light and fun. Learning more about your favorite film is just as powerful!

I’m a huge fan of the podcast A Mile Higher from Kendall Rae and Joshledore who discuss topics like space, crime, and history. They explain extremely difficult topics in simple terms and teach you how to be more open-minded.

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3. Get Inspired

Do you have no idea what you’re going to have for dinner? Is there a themed birthday party coming up? Are you experiencing a writer’s block? Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on Pinterest or We Heart It. Even if you are not looking for something particular, scrolling through these apps will inspire you in any case. Taking some time off from what you’re overthinking about and allowing yourself to browse, will help you to gain motivation, new ideas, and information.

Feel free to follow me on Pinterest and We Heart It.

4. Organize Your Phone

I like to have a clean, fresh room where I can find everything. So why would I want my phone to be a mess?

There’s already so much information we have to take on every day. Having an organized phone will help you to feel less overwhelmed by technology. And it looks just nice too.

Delete apps you never use, choose a new background. Delete old text messages.

I organize apps that belong together in files. For example, all the music related apps (Spotify, Podcasts, Radio Belgium, Sorcerer Radio) are in one file called ’Music‘ so it’s easy for me to find and navigate. Some people even coordinate their apps by color. If you have no idea how to get started, there are loads of ”What’s On My iPhone” videos on YouTube to get inspired.

I’d recommend watching ”Lucy & Lydia’s What’s On My iPhone” videos. They are so uplifting and include some interesting Instagram tips.

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  1. Rosemary

    Great ideas for a caretaker who needs to stay close to their loved ones. Thanks!

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