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The Ultimate List of Caregiver Activities When You Need an Escape.

Finding caregiver activities to keep you sane and healthy during a cancer battle is not an easy task.

The thing is, once cancer drops in, it takes over your entire life.  It invades your thoughts and your mind and it drains your energy.

Cancer is a huge undertaking that no one could be prepared for.   

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This whole situation is mentally and physically exhausting to both the patient AND the caregiver.  

You are always fighting to win.  But it’s hard to keep going full force, when there is not a whole lot to look forward to day after day.

And even the short breaks (you sometimes get in-between crisis situations) don’t give you enough time to recuperate.  

The stress is constant and intense…  

When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I spent a tremendous amount of time in waiting rooms, hospital rooms, living rooms…  generally stuck inside.

I needed an escape.  

A way to get caught up in or think about ANYTHING else, other than cancer.

So I made a list of caregiver activities that I could do when I desperately needed a break from this whole thing. 

Some of these activities I could do with my dad, some were perfect for me when I was mentally drained and my brain literally couldn’t handle one more thing and other activities were for the days when I needed some perspective and inspiration.  

So if you’re looking for caregiver activities that you can do for YOU in the middle of this crazy situation… We’ve got you covered.

The Ultimate List of Caregiver Activities

1. Write your personal vision.
2. Write the stories of your life.
3. Unload in your Journal.
4. Write down everything you’re grateful for.
5. Write down 5 things that you could do everyday to improve your life. Now devise a plan to get them done.
6. Write down 5 things that would make your finances better.
7. Write a letter to 5 people you can’t live without.
8. Workout at home.
9. Try meditation.
10. Try a new recipe.
11. Talk to God about everything.
12. Take inventory of your life.
13. Grab a nap.
14. Take a Masterclass. (Learn to cook with Gordon Ramsey, learn country music with Reba McEntire, learn to write with James Patterson).
15. Take a course in happiness.
16. Take a class on something that interests you.  Check out Udemy.
17. Take a bubble bath.
18. Study and practice mindfulness.
19. Stay in your pajamas.
Finally a caregiver activity list that will help my mental health.
20. Begin your Christmas shopping.
21. Start an indoor garden.
22. Start a stockroom.
23. Do a puzzle. (Then frame it and hang it in a guest room).
24. Read a book.
25. Start a blog about your experience.
26. Start a bible study.
27. Spa Day (hair mask, nails, cucumber slices for your eyes).
28. Sing karaoke.
29. Sing all of the disney songs you know.
Finally a list of caregiver activities I actually have the time for!
30. Sewing/crocheting/needle point.
31. Set up a filing system.
32. Send everyone you love a video.
33. Send cards to all your friends and family.
34. Scrapbooking and crafts.
35. Research an AMAZING trip (that you will eventually go on).
36. Research a topic you want to know more about.
37. Read the Bible.
38. Read a great book (If reading isn’t your thing, you can listen to a book on audiobooks).
39. Rate your emotional intelligence.
Finally a list of caregiver activities that will actually work for me!
40. Pray.
41. Practice deep breathing.
42. Play video games.
43. Start a game of solitaire.
44. Play games on your phone. (Wordscapes, Words With Friends, Trivia Crack, 8 Ball, Scrabble ).
45. Checkers or chess.
46. Play card games.
47. Plan your next trip to Disney World.
48. Plan a gathering/event.
49. Paint and sip. Or just paint. (create something amazing).
A huge list of caregiver activities that are totally doable.
50. Paint a room.
51. Organize your computer files.
52. Organize the kitchen cabinets.
53. Movie Marathon. (Watch all the Harry Potter Movies, or all of the original Star Wars Movies.)
54. Meal plan dinners for next week.
55. Margarita Night (with or without alcohol).
56. Make your own sugar scrub.
57. DIY ice cream sundae.
58. Make jelly or applesauce. (YouTube will walk you through the entire process).
59. Hot chocolate and whip cream.
60. Create chocolate covered strawberries.
61. Cook blueberry pancakes.
62. Make a smoothie with your favorite fruits and veggies.
63. Cook a huge pot of soup or chili and freeze the leftovers.
64. Make a fancy cake.
65. Create a collage of the quotes that apply to your life.
66. Make a bucket list.
67. Listen to your favorite music.
68. Listen to a podcast.
69. List your life.
70. Learn to read notes.
71. Mix cocktails.
72. Learn to make printables.
73. Belly Dance.
74. Learn something on YouTube.
75. Learn a language.
76. Help your neighbor.
77. Have a picnic in bed.
78. Have a casino night.
79. Hallmark Christmas Movies.
80. Grab a therapy journal and fill it out.
81. Get dressed up and take a ton of pictures.
82. Fix something that’s broken.
83. Feed the birds.
84. Family game night.
85. Exercise. (They have everything from chair exercises to aerobics on YouTube).
86. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
87. Do something you’ve been putting off.
88. Stretch.
89. Do a puzzle.
90. Declutter.
91. Dance around your living room. (You can find dance classes on YouTube).
92. Cuddle your animals. (They will appreciate the love!)
93. Crossword Puzzles/Trivia Games. (keep your mind sharp and active).
94. Cook international cuisine.
95. Create a vision board.
96. Design a scrapbook.
97. Build a Lego village
98. Create a 5 course dinner.
99. Cooking and baking. (Cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, scones…)
100. Color! It’s therapeutic.
101. Clean out your closet and donate it to charity.
102. Clean out your cabinets.
103. Choose 5 goals that would change your life and break them down step by step.
104. Catch up with family via FaceTime.
105. Call all your friends and family. (Take this time to catch up and keep in touch with the people that matter most.)
106. Ask yourself 10 life changing questions.
107. Brainstorm and write down all the things that make you happy.
108. Blast your favorite music.
109. Binge watch your favorite series from start to finish.
110. Build a dollhouse.
111. Answer 20 self discovery questions.

This ultimate list of caregiver activities will help you find meaningful ideas to escape from the craziness of cancer and do something healthy, worthwhile, and positive for your mental health

You can find more caregiver activity ideas to take a break or escape from cancer in these posts…

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Take Back Your Life From Cancer…

What’s your favorite way to escape from cancer for a while? Let us know in the comments.

P.S.  How do you keep fighting when you’re exhausted and devastated?  You clear your mind, get some of this stress out of your system and you focus on what’s important.  

Take Back Your Life From Cancer is a journal created to help you find hope, perspective and the motivation you’ll need to keep fighting in the midst of the storm. And the best part, it’s free. 

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