For some wheelchair users, winter is boring because we’re limited with what we can do, especially if it’s cold and snowy outside. To beat the boredom, here are some activities you can do, whether you live alone or with other people.
Work Out and Exercise
It is winter and cold outside in most parts of the country. I’m sure many of us aren’t able to go out because of the cold, so that limits your physical activity in some ways. If you’re in a power wheelchair and you have very limited mobility or can’t get to the gym, consider exercising using stretch bands in wrist wraps. With these items, you can work out your arms for both strength training and cardio. I recommend using these bands. They are very easy and simple to use and you can work out and keep your muscles strong and prevent losing muscle mass. As power wheelchair users, we never want to lose muscle mass, we want to be strong as possible.
Watch/Stream Movies and Television
If you like movies, why not check out some of the different streaming apps, like Netflix and Hulu. Don’t just watch the big blockbuster films. Look into the B and C list movies, as they are very underappreciated. I find that most times, the B and C list movies are better than the critically acclaimed box office movies. they might be on the cheesy side due to a lower budget, but if the content is there, why not give it a try? Eventually you get tired of doing the normal, everyday things. Why not change it up during the wintertime? It can’t hurt! Here is a fun tip, since many of us are on lockdown and quarantining: Find a friend to watch a Netflix movie together at the same time and talk about it.
Talk to a Friend
We must talk to people at some point. We are social beings and human contact is very important. Don’t play games with people. You can play phone games I instead. I know people use TextNow to communicate, but now is a good time to return to our roots and use the regular phone. Hearing somebody’s voice? That is always fun and it’s something to talk about! I know talking on the phone is different but that is what we used to do.
Keep Your Mind Strong
Last, but not least, make sure you take care of yourself and keep your mind occupied. It’s easy to become distracted and bored because of all the circumstances that are affecting us. Keep your mind healthy by trying different activities. Maybe start a new hobby. Remember, it never hurts to try.
About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.