7 years ago I was in similar circumstances. So I will give you adm\vice that I wish I had gotten and some that I did.
First- NO DIET.
I know that people will be upset at that but in this time of moving, stressing, and crying no new big changes!
2. Limit Fast food to grilled and fresca and subway. I figure with work and hospital Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is drivethru! You're still "treating and eating."
3. Go to 99 cent type stores buy a book, a puzzle book, note book, drawing pad, coloring book, pens, pencils, and/or markers, and a water bottle(64oz)
Use journaling to right down the overwhelming feelings, books and/or puzzles for brain activity(not just thinking about your situation) or drawing(where ever your talent lies)
Water for keeping full and hydrated because stress is drying.
4. KEEP IN TOUCH!
During this time your world shrinks. Force your self to reach out. Congrats in reaching out to spark. I can tell you are a really strong person!! Call friends, even if to listen to them and not to share. Be aware that life goes on outside this trauma and stress. It helps to keep grounded.
5. Those cheap treats you talk about!!
I love to look up my favorite old time songs on Youtube. Free and fun and gives you a good feeling. If they have a beat, dance to it!!
Local libraries have free music downloads.
For lunch break sometimes pack a lunch and some bread crumbs and go to a marina or park and feed the birds. Fighting fowl is fun. I like to name some of the birds after friends of characters and see what they do.
Week end evenings go out once and a while go to a local karioke bar. Even if you dont sing it can be fun to look at music and watch others.
TVO shows or look up on TV74 online.
Swim-local pools have family nights on Saturday usualy for 1/2 price.
Drive just go anywhere.
If you don't have children baorrow one for a bit. You will laugh!!
Laugh-read jokes or funny web sites.
Last but not least get as much exercise as you can.
I don't mean hours at a time but if you belong to a gym, do go.
Park farther away
At night park under a light even if it is farther away. You can ask security to escort.
At stores to pick up those last minute things park 2 rows farther away than usual.
Take at least 1 flight of stairs at the hosp. It is amazing which doctors you will see.
Walk the block at home.
Call a friend for a little park walk.
At work on breaks walk the block. You will probably meet others doing the same thing.
Most important. Take a stress or sick day and take a bubble bath($ stores again!)
Relax and enjoy you Mum as much as you can.
Make memories not stress!!
Please add me as a friend and keep in touch!
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