Boredom sucks and being trapped in your own home is not healthy. As the caregiver of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, the world around you is shrinking. If you often feel uninspired and bored then I have some unique ideas to help you stay intellectually stimulated.
With a computer and an internet connection, you can now bring the world’s universities into your home. It is truly an amazing opportunity. Practically every university in the world offers online classes. You don’t have to take out student loans to get access to some good resources for education, however. Many sites offer free courses that are taught by professors or leaders in a given industry. Udacity, Coursera, and edX seem to be the three most popular sites.
While I’d like to tell you that I frequent these sites, I just don’t have that much brain capacity – lol. I have successfully used Udacity, and I’ve heard many people talk positive about Coursera. Most sites offer a wide curriculum that should include something of interest for you. Your learning starts with researching which one is right for you.
If you are familiar with these or others, please comment and let us know how your experience went.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
While this doesn’t sound as impressive as getting a higher education, this is definitely one way to keep yourself engaged and you can make money while doing it. You’ve possibly hear ads or seen SPAM about how you can make money online by answering surveys – well this is it.
When I first heard about this opportunity, I was very intrigued but also skeptical. I thought, “Heck, I don’t have a job. Let’s make some money.” So, I signed up and gave it a try. To be honest, I quickly realized that I needed to be focused on TogetherInThis so I lost interest. I did, however, earn a $2.00 credit that I blew on Christmas .
Basically, businesses have routine tasks that they need completed. Tasks such as market research of websites or answering surveys. These businesses essentially create what are called Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs). After registering, you find HITS that interest you and that you qualify for. You then complete the HIT and get paid. This won’t be for everyone but if you are interested, click on this link Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
Write for a blog
Writing is a great way to get things off your chest. Sure you could just write in a journal but you need to do something with more purpose – something that will inspire you to write. At first, I was going to tell you to create your own blog and write. While it’s not that hard to create a free blog these days, let’s take a simpler more conservative approach.
What about writing for others? You could be a guest blogger for a blog that you love such as TogetherInThis. If you think they could use a different perspective in some areas, maybe you have what is needed. In this example, as the caregiver, you are the expert. You know what you are talking about and others can benefit from your experiences.
You don’t have to write about caregiving. To be honest, since you need to get a break from caregiving, you probably should write about something else that interests you such as cooking or woodworking.
Start by writing an article focused on a particular topic. Keep it under 1,000 words. When it’s ready, send it to your favorite blog, and see if they are interested. If they don’t respond, try another blog site.
Projects with purpose can alleviate boredom
You need to create projects that take time (weeks, months, years) to complete. This way each day you have goals related to the project. Heck you might even get out of bed inspired to work on your project! Fighting caregiver boredom is essential to your long-term success so get started today!
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