During a flare, there is only so much you can do to feel better. After that, or in between methods, it can be a waiting game. Here are a few things to try:
Puzzles help. They require focus and usually help you think of something other than pain or stress. I have a couple that I bought from Target. They are small and can fit in a bag when I travel. Also, they are a bit tricky and have helped occupy me for quite a while.
Binge Watching is also a good idea! I cut the cord, long ago. Currently; I have Netflix, Hulu and Prime. Between the three, there isn’t much I can’t watch. I recommend longer series’ and ones that you have seen before and enjoyed (maybe something you haven’t seen in a long while). Sometimes, flaring can cause you to fall asleep. I may be the only one, but when I watch something new and fall asleep often I get frustrated with having to keep going back. Watching something you enjoy and know will help you feel good about the memory and you won’t feel bad about falling asleep! When all else fails, I put on Tolkien movies! I’ve seen them over and over again, but never get tired of them. And if I fall asleep, it doesn’t matter. I’ve seen them so much, I know almost every word!
Being creative can help. Doing something like painting or drawing can help you relax. Or maybe journaling will help. You want something that will get the brain creating and flowing, preferably a longer project that you can do in bed. You might be bed ridden for a while, you don’t want something too quick or that requires a lot of moving from your bed. Some flares can take longer than others. I have sketchbooks, color pencils and even watercolor pencils. I also have cross stitch kits. Having a few options is a good idea, you never know what you’ll be in the mood for!
Get to that reading list! I have TONS of books and comics that I haven’t read! Most of them are on my Surface, but also quite a few on my bookshelf. They are always with arms reach of my bed and I doubt I’ll run out before I hit fifty! Check and see if your local library has digital offerings! Those might be a good idea for you, also.
Video games are always fun! Maybe you have games you used to love and haven’t gotten back to or a new game you want to try. If you don’t even have a console, you can get used ones pretty cheap, these days. Try Craigslist or a pawn shop! Sometimes even Game Stop has good deals! I used to play God of War, but hadn’t played in a while. Recently, I bought a console that came with a couple of games that I don’t play and a couple of remotes. It was only fifty bucks for all of it! For another thirty dollars, I got two God of War games and Street Fighter IV. Then, I bought another God of War and Injustice. For a hundred dollars I got every game I like playing, a couple I have never played and a couple remotes. If I started to try to knock them all out, it would take me AT LEAST a year (I don’t like cheat paths)!
Talk to friends and family. If you don’t feel like talking, maybe text. If you don’t think they’ll understand, find a Facebook group and write a post looking for someone to chat with! Talking can help you feel connected. It helps, sometimes.
No matter how you decide to pass the time, the most important thing is to remember that it will pass. The flare will be over and you’ll get back to your “normal” soon. You just have to wait it out until you get there. And you will!! 🙂