Hello, my husband has very severe CFS and is extremely limited in his interactions. Have you any suggestions for past times or things to entertain him? He is noise sensitive, and cannot read for long periods of time.
Yes, I find that rereading old favourites is easier on my brain than reading something new. Mindless handwork is good too; I like taking (scrap) electronic equipment apart when I can't focus on reading. Pity that I haven't felt like making anything from the parts for quite a while.
I am not severe, but have had some extended crashes and have sensory issues all the time, but even worse during crashes. I cannot follow audiobooks in this state, it takes too much focus/concentration. I have found that delta wave or alpha wave compilations on YouTube are helpful. Also, I can listen to some classical music. My best wishes for your husband @Luna Don . It means a lot to people with ME seeing caretakers trying to understand and look for resources. Your concern for your husband actually raises the spirits of others who are suffering.
Of course, I'm unaware of your husband's particular interests, but this activity is low intensity and soundless, if you choose that option.
For my own selfish reasons, I created a YouTube playlist that consists of live streaming cameras from around the world. Back when I was more physically and mentally sensitive to everything, this was really my only viewing option and only form of entertainment. Very low intensity. Watching live streaming cameras gave me a sense of being there, being somewhere, being anywhere. I haven't been out of bed in 5 years, so sometimes I need a little quiet adventure.
The playlist includes over 200 live streams, including multiple cameras in Japan, Taiwan, the Caribbean, Europe, the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the United States.
If he enjoys watching trains, I have nearly two dozen viewing options listed. Ships, boats, waterways and beaches? Yes, lots of those, too. And then there's a smattering of downtown cameras and myriad streaming views of nature from abroad.
I also have nearly 50 point-of-view "Train Rides" listed on a different playlist. For those videos, you get to ride along up front and go wherever the train goes. Most of these videos are in Japan, but there are several from Europe, mostly Switzerland.
And I also have a playlist entitled "Going for a Walk" - and each of these walks takes place in Japan. There's no narration, just the sounds of nature and the sounds of whatever else happens to be occurring naturally, depending upon the environment. On this playlist, I put my favorites.
And the way I watch these videos is by utilizing an Amazon Firestick. So I can leave these individual streams running on the flat screen television throughout the day, or as needed. The Firestick was only $39, and has been working rather well.
I have watched some of your playlist and have thoroughly enjoyed. I love the walks the best so far. Very calming and entertaining as well. I think I have found a new favorite pastime! Don't know why I didn't think of this!