Anxiety buster

Hi guys, I know theres lots of anti anxiety help out there, but Ive tried everything and my anxiety is on the ceiling at the moment though temporarily relieved for a few moments at a time by music, reading, embroidery,  Ebooks, knitting, Codewords puzzles, mobile Scrabble etc. I'm on a new one now, dont know if any of you have had ads on FB for paint by numbers? I remember them as a kid and these new ones are lovely. Masterpiece by Numbers they are called. Half price at the mo, I ordered 2...London and Paris. If you have a special family or pets photo, they can turn it into a kit for you to paint Yum They take about 2 weeks to arrive. I started mine this afternoon and before I knew it it was teatime and I hadnt thought about my 'alien' for all that time! Im going to spend all day on my painting tomorrow. Certainly helped me today :-) Hope you are all ok, love and hugs xx

  • Good to know you've found something new that helps. Thanks for sharing it with us xx

  • Hello everyone, a Stage IV here but very well, and after a whole summer where I have been (almost) able to forget about the situation, a hospital letter dropped onto the doormat the other day with a stark reminder. Okay, another month before my next scan and no reason to suspect that things will have dramatically changed, but anxiety levels will steadily rise as I get nearer to finding out the latest state of play in the battle between my body’s defences and my sneaky mets. 

    So. For the last few weeks I’ve been learning Italian. (Free, online at DuoLingo.) Our son started after his A-levels finished, and my wife and I joined in, all of us on separate screens and going at our own speed. I was hesitant at first but soon found it to be a lot of fun. The way the lessons are laid out, it’s as absorbing and competitive as any game, and we’re all making rattling good progress through the basics. There’s a lot of languages to choose from and I’d certainly recommend it as a project to distract you a little from medical matters. 

    To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll actually get to go to Italy. But, if I do, I’ll be keen to work a sentence like “ La tua serpente mangia la mia torta al cioccolato* “ into any conversation with the locals. 

    Wishing you all the very best,

    -Mark 

    *Your snake is eating my chocolate cake

  • That's a really good idea Mark. Having got French n German A levels, I  keep wanting to join a language learning class  (preferably Italian or Spanish) but  can't find  one locally to suit. Maybe I could try this instead? - especially as I've just booked my next raft of appointments -  blood test, CT n MRI scans followed by clinic appt with oncologist for scan results. I know how to have fun - not!

    (Also with stage 4 cancer,but been treatment free for the past 3.5 years, Despite a new met popping up at last scan they're still keeping me on 3 monthly monitoring scans. So if they're not concerned, why should I be?)

  • (Oh no, just noticed, that should be ‘il tuo serpente’ before all you Italian speakers jeer at me Grinning. That’s what comes of trying to write stuff before I’ve had any coffee!) 

  • Hi ,

    I really hate those chocolate cake eating snakes in any language, they are just the worst.

    Gragon 

  • Joy Yes! Someone should do something! Slight smile 

    (Hi Gragon.) 

      

  • I've got a pain in my side from laughing so much Gragon

  • Hi Mark, that sounds like a brilliant idea! I might just take up French or German again. I did both to O level at school but,alas, failed both.In later years I started an OU course in French but gave up because even though I was ok'ish in French vocab and grammar, I felt I was below entry level even with heaps of revision prior to taking it on. Shame really. Your idea does sound like lots of fun though, and another welcome distraction. Thanks for the idea Thumbsup

  • ...I play Words with Friends , a Scrabble game which is downloadable  through Google Stores on mobile and you can play with Facebook friends. It could be available on Facebook itself, cant remember. Anyhow....If anyone would like to have a game let me know and we could join up Blush

  • When I was really unwell last year someone suggested colouring for adults so I gave it a go. My (then) four-year-old granddaughter’s verdict was ‘That’s not bad Grandma.’ Out of the mouth of babes....

  • A couple of years ago when one of my sons asked me what I'd like for Christmas, I suggested a colouring book for adults. He told me not to be so daft, and did they exist?  lol but he must've looked into it because he did get me one and it's absolutely brilliant! BlushBlush xx

  • And you can watch tv or listen to music at the same time.

  • - have you tried the adults colouring books? The designs are quite complicated  - think William Morris wallpaper - and totally engrossingm

  • Yes Jo300, they are great. When one of my sons asked me what Id like one Christmas a couple of years ago I asked him for one. He didn't even know they existed. There are some brilliant patterns to colour. Sometimes I'll colour one page while my grandson colours the one opposite :-) I love anything arty or creative and these books are really super :-) x

  • I find doing Codewords (rather than crosswords) very absorbing too. For anyone who hasn't seen them they are puzzles with a grid which looks like a crossword but has a number in each square. They fill in 3 letters to start you off and you have to work out all the other letters. Tesco do a monthly called Handy Codewords. Its pocket size and has 60 puzzles in. I find I can get lost for hours doing these x

  • Sound good. I must look out for them

  • Sound good. I must look out for them

    Sorry, the site keeps duplicating my posts