One of the most difficult things about health problems for me, is when I can't do what I normally like to do to decompress. Doing something other than thinking about the crazy situation you feel stuck in, really helps life feel a bit more do-able. I love to do family history and read to decompress. If I have vision issues with episodes, my kindle still works great! I have the old black and white version with e-ink. It's much easier on my eyes and I can enlarge the font. Sometimes I just have to wait out the episodes before I can look at electronics. (my phone or computer.) I started looking for other things to do to decompress, and remembered I have always loved puzzles. I asked others what they like to do, that's non-electronic. Puzzles, reading and coloring were the answers given. I found there's a number of "adult coloring books" (meaning not simple for children), many of which say "soothing", or "de-stress". There's lots of cool options like dragons, butterflies, cats, dogs, flowers, city skylines, Japanese scenic scenes...
Sleep issues has been a major challenge for my family for years. Bad enough we've had to ask doctors for help. We recently bought a SAD light, to sit next to the first 10 minutes we're awake. Another very important thing is no electronics that last half hour before bed. (An hour is even better.) I just ordered several color books. So now we have the options of puzzles, color books and books to read before bed. These things make a huge difference with fighting chronic insomnia, better quality sleep and getting into a regular sleep routine. Which also means better health!
When I was little, I always wanted to join the grownups with their puzzles, because I wanted a challenge. When I visited my grandma, we started doing puzzles (or board games) and having hot chocolate until midnight. I felt so grown up and had so much fun with that! My earliest memories doing puzzles, I was asking for old family stories. So I was working on game puzzles and real life puzzles at the same time. I recently met someone on a family history trip, who had a room full of puzzles. He said for years when people wanted to give him Christmas and birthday presents he asked for them to just give him a puzzle. He put a date on the box of when he did the puzzles. Friday nights, he has friends over to visit and do puzzles together and has a table set up just for that. I thought all that was really cool! He sent me home with a puzzle to try. It had two dates on the box. My mom has a really huge dining room table, with not so many of us left at home. During snow days, she pulls out puzzles and uses a section of her table to keep puzzles going.
My parlor is my decompress room. I surrounded myself with stuff I really like. We got more space when we moved and I was thankful I could have a parlor. Its almost just the way I want it. Just going to make the coffee table white again, and put up a much smaller light fixture. Its the first room people see when they come in my house, and where I bring company. If the whole house is falling apart, this is the room I try to keep cleanest and functioning. My cabinet holds board games and puzzles. My husband found a nice small table I loved, perfect for smaller puzzles and games. I love sitting in rocking chairs by the table. A drawing my father in law did of the church in Italy the Cabittos went to for centuries, is beside my couch. There's also a 3 generation rock collection on the wall, and a shadow box of stuff found at our first house, in a historic area. I did an Alfred Hitchcock puzzle that came with a story, and no picture on the box. When finished, you look at the puzzle for clues. There's no electronics in my parlor. I also have 2 lamps with full spectrum lights, for calmer, softer lighting.
Growing up, I loved stories like those written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables series and Louisa Alcott, especially Jo's Boys. They tell fun adventures despite challenges, that are non-electronic. I do love technology, but often feel bombarded by it. I don't really like TV, my eyes see it as flashing lights. Sometimes I watch movies on my computer while I scan/digitize. But in general, I like electronics limited, and prefer much more of the quieter, slower paced things in life. It helps my life feel calmer, with less drudgery.
What do you to to decompress?