Being a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, including those on Dialysis, does not mean that having fun is no longer possible. While activities such as long vacations, crowded concert venues and extended outdoor hikes may be difficult or unlikely, there are other inexpensive and fun activities which Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can greatly enjoy. The following is a tailored list of exciting weekend activities (both outside and inside) that have been curated specifically for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to help improve their mood, quality of life, and even longevity.
1. Playing cards: The website, Stress Relief Choices mentioned that, "Playing cards, board games, and other indoor activities are another great form of stress relief." Beyond the health benefits, playing a game of cards has the potential of being a ton of fun. An added bonus to card games is that Chronic Kidney Disease patients can play games solo (Solitaire, Memory, etc.) or with a group of friends (Go Fish, Gin, Spades, Rummy, etc.).
2. Learn to Juggle: This a super fun activity and a healthy pastime. Some consider juggling to be an exercise of sorts as well as a great way to impress your friends. There are a number of guides that can teach you how to juggle. Complete the below form to learn the basics.
3. Spa Day: Spa treatment is a great way to unwind over the weekend, decompress, and prepare for the week ahead. However, a lot of patients are on fixed incomes and believe that spas are way out of the budget. Well, typically a professional facial is priced as low as $45.00 to $90.00. A basic massage is usually a bit more costly between $75.00 and $125.00. If that is still out of your price range, then try taking a nice long soothing shower or buy-out the time to treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure at home.
4. Play Your Favorite Music And Sing Along: Who doesn’t love music? While it may be a bit embarrassing at first if you are not gifted with vocals, singing aloud can be super relaxing. Singing can also be a fun family activity that children and grandchildren may grow to cherish and fondly reminisce. What's more, closing your eyes and humming along to your favorite songs may also be quite relaxing and fun.
5. Movie Night: The great thing about movies is that you can watch them on demand from the comfort of your own home. Time Magazine said about Netflix (highly popular video content streaming service), "Netflix accounts for more than a third of all internet traffic." Hence, a lot of people are watching movies and on demand episodes of their favorite shows. Don't have a Netflix account? No worries. Head over to Youtube and watch free movies by typing “Full Movie” into a YouTube search which will bring up dozens of free films to watch. Of course, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can also simply watch the latest blockbuster at a local theater.
6. The Great Outdoors: Although most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients often cannot spend time much in the sun due to medication and exhaustion, they may consider enjoying the outside by resting underneath the shade of a tree. If that causes hesitation, patients may consider sitting on their covered patio and watching wildlife. What's more, a short soothing stroll can do wonders for a patient's mood and health outcomes.
7. Fun Meals: Try fun and new dishes which meet your dietary restrictions. KidneyBuzz.com Impact Meals section has hundreds of recipe choices which patients will love and fit within their Renal and Diabetic diets (click here). If you would like to select some of the highest rated recipes then click here to order your copy of the life management guide, Fight Kidney Disease And Diabetes.
8. Make Bubbles: It may seem a bit silly, but making bubbles is a really neat way for parents and grandparents to play with their youngsters. Bubbles are extremely inexpensive and serve as hours of low energy, low impact fun. Open a bottle, grab a few bubble sticks, and let the good times begin.
9. Take Pictures: Nowadays, everyone is a photographer because the most basic cell phones have cameras. Photography is an art form and offers Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients an outlet to express themselves and reduce anxiety.
10. Visit Free Museums, Parks, And Events In Your Local Area: Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may check their City Council’s official website for information about the free museums, park gatherings, and events in the area. These activities can be a great place where patients can meet new people and enjoy a fun, inexpensive event.
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