PTSD activities help keep symptoms at bay.
First of all, staying busy provides focus and accomplishment. Secondly, it’s important to engage in relaxing PTSD activities. Lastly, in doing so will reduce symptoms while increasing one’s joy. At the same time, don’t overwhelm yourself with too many scheduled activities. Or things that cause stress. For example, starting a new hobby that requires a lot of equipment can be expensive. Or, if there’s a lot to learn before taking on new PTSD activities, that could be daunting.
Not all activities need to be perplex or involved. They can be as simple as taking a walk in nature. Also, going fishing, or coloring in an adult coloring book. Some even enjoy crossword puzzles or word find puzzles, and take that on as a healthy PTSD activity.
Either way, think about what you have going on in your life one month at a time. Keeping a wall calendar in a common area in your home where everyone has access to it is key. Furthermore, adding the same scheduled of events in your smart phone with reminders set keeps everyone on the same page.
Synchronize Schedules For PTSD Activities
With our busy lives as it is in this day in age, having a loved one suffer from PTSD symptoms can really throw a wrench into the day. Not everyone gets the benefit of having a harmonious and stable day-to-day life. However, you can set up a daily routine to gain as much normalcy as possible. Break out the day with morning, afternoon, evening, and nighttime routines. Until your loved one has adopted a new regimen, start with adding one new activity every two weeks or so. Consequently, they will begin to experience a calmer, more stable way of life. Which is what everyone wants the most.
An example of what my husband has in place after his morning routine includes the following. Adding PTSD activities to each day that give a sense of accomplishment. This example goes over what an entire week may look like.
Monday: Go to Therapy & Take a walk in nature
Tuesday: Volunteer at Food Bank
Wednesday: Read 10 pages of a book
Thursday: Kids’s Soccer Games & Complete a crossword puzzle
Friday: One hour nature drive & request any medicine refills needed
Saturday: Take kids to the park & color in adult coloring book
Sunday: Pay Bills online & schedule next week’s PTSD activities
In addition, you may have more that needs accomplished throughout each day. Make sure to add at least one thing that is a “non-negotiable”. Something that eases stress and is enjoyable. Ultimately, something that’s just for you. Important to point out, is one’s “to do” list shouldn’t cause stress. If done right, they will continue to accomplish tasks and enjoy leisure PTSD activities at the same time. In turn, reducing the onset of PTSD symptoms.
PTSD symptoms cannot be avoided 100% of the time, but setting up a routine will keep the mind sharp. If PTSD symptoms are dominating the day, most you aren’t enjoying life. In turn, this affects your life’s enrichment too. If you are a supporting spouse to someone with PTSD please keep in mind that they have to control what their day looks like. So, work with them. Not for them or against, but share ideas together as a team.
Ideas For Scheduled PTSD Activities
Ever since the onset of your own or your loved one’s PTST symptoms, life has been one hell of a storm. It can be hard to find the eye of the storm – the calmest place. On the other hand, it’s very possible. First, by implementing a routine, your family WILL find the eye of that storm. For instance, scheduled PTSD activities create stability that people who are facing PTSD need.
This may sound super easy to do. But, in all actuality, it’s extremely challenging. Create a routine with your loved one, then stick to it! In the beginning this will take a lot more effort. However, keep in mind that someone battling PTSD symptoms has a hard enough time remembering to brush their teeth.
And, it’s not entirely their fault. They just need a new routine, that’s not overwhelming to get started. Then add PTSD activities they’d benefit from that keep their minds busy. Especially, tasks that keep them in the present moment, grounded, and centered. Meaning, no stress. Start by Including activities outdoors.
By all means, my husband takes a walk every morning around our neighborhood. This is done early, and gives him time to appreciate his surroundings. Not to mention, it’s good exercise too. In turn, promoting healthy brain activity. Many of these PTSD activities are enjoyed by countless adults. And, the best part is they aren’t expensive.
PTSD Activities Survivors May Enjoy
- Adult Coloring Books
- Crossword Puzzle
- Jigsaw Puzzles
- Reviewing positive affirmations
- Physical Fitness/Go to the gym
- Reading positive quotes about PTSD
- Grilling, baking, or trying a new recipe
- The sky’s the limit!
Invest in your loved one and buy a couple of adult coloring books, puzzle books, and subscribe to your local newspaper. The real newspaper that arrives at your door step. It is important to have something tangible. How about specialized art activities?
Either way, schedule leisure time and they can decide what they are in the mood to do. While these are leisure activities it may take some time to feel comfortable with engaging in new PTSD activities. Mostly, they aren’t used to this but will be once they give it try.
In particular, my husband had a rough go at it when he adopted coloring into his day-to-day routine. He would say things like, “I feel like I am “special needs”. In conclusion, after diving into a few activities he really started enjoying them. And we started enjoying a calmer environment with stability. Now, he loves coloring! Before you leave, check out these other helpful tips:
- The Real deal on PTSD hallucinations.
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- 9 Ways to get better sleep tonight if you struggle with PTSD.
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