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Hobbies and Heart Failure

Living with heart failure can take up a lot of time. It can consume your days just caring for yourself. Often times this leaves little time to do the things we love to do. And even then, we can at times be so exhausted that it seems like there just isn’t any energy left. Having a hobby (or more than one!) is good for the soul and self-care is so important! Here are some hobbies that can be great for people dealing with chronic diseases such as heart failure.

Low impact exercise

Heart failure can lead to a major lack of energy and little desire to exercise. There are low impact exercises that you can do that are still quite effective! Things like swimming, yoga, going for an easy walk are just a few things to do.

Gardening

I love to garden. My favorite things to grow are vegetables (especially bell peppers!) and flowers. Tending to a garden is nice because you can go at your own pace and be outside in nature. Be sure to take precautions as needed depending on the weather and don’t overdo it!

Read a book

I’m a big fan of reading, especially book series that contain multiple novels. There have been many nights where I have stayed up way too late because I just couldn’t put the book down. What I love about reading is that you can jump into a story and leave real life for a while. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, reading is a very fun and accessible hobby!

Games

This is such a broad category and the possibilities are endless. My family enjoys playing board games and we host a monthly game night with our friends. Puzzle games such as crosswords, sudoku, and word searches are also a lot of fun and don’t require another person to play with you. Digital games that are played on a smartphone, tablet, or computer are also a lot of fun.

Pen pals

I love both writing and receiving letters and cards. I make my own cards most of the time and have several friends and family members that I try to write a simple note to a couple of times a month. Being able to bring a bit of sunshine to someone’s day is very rewarding.

Create art

I am probably the least artistic person in the world. I am not good at drawing but I do like to doodle and color in adult coloring books. It is very relaxing and I feel accomplished when I finish a page, especially one that took a lot of time. Art comes in a variety of mediums, including paint, pen, chalk, clay etc. I would encourage you to try something new in the art world!

What are your hobbies?

These are only a few hobbies that I personally enjoy and it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all that’s out there. Taking time to do something enjoyable is good for the mind, body, and soul. I would love to hear what your hobbies are!

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