What has helped me the most is to do a little charity work. Since I can get out and about, I joined a couple of knitting groups where I knit for organizations that will help people stay warm (hats, scarves, and mittens) and for a battered women's shelter (slippers for women and children). I'm a pretty crummy knitter -- that is, nothing fancy, no expensive yarns, just little projects. I don't limit my knitting to doing it just in the groups, but do it at home, too. I find free patterns online. If there's some stitch I can't do, I go to You tube or look on yarn sites, such as Lion Brand or Red Heart.
This doesn't make me feel saintly, but it does help me keep from feeling useless.
The way I found out about the groups was that I founds a site called Meetup.com. They have groups in most big cities and lots of little ones. And there are groups on every possible interest -- from hiking to board games to reading groups to. . . . Just getting out among people helps me.
There are all kinds of things a person who can get out can do -- read to kids at a library, visit people in nursing homes, whatever.
I also do volunteer work, always have but to a much smaller extent while I was working and raising my son. It has saved my sanity. It makes me feel more useful generally also.
Since I stopped working, I have volunteered tutoring reading to adults, helping check in books on the computer at the local library, at a food bank, nine years twice a week at a free clinic as a nurse, now at the animal shelter once a week taking adoptable dogs outside for a bit.
Everyone can find something to do. One community I lived in even had a program for the housebound. They would call each other once a day to make sure they were okay. Kids at schools need tutoring. Reading at the library to kids is easy to do once a week for most folks. If you are of a religious bent, check at your house of worship. Just do it!
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.