I don’t know the solution? Pre-sz I could play for hours. Now I have to force myself. The same goes for watching movies and reading. It’s really hard, it’s like I can’t get absorbed by things. My ability to focus sucks.
These days I just lie on the couch and mindlessly browse things online. Then I rest.
I will try to e exercise more. The combination of exercising a few times in the week and drinking coffee seems to make the symptoms much better, but the side effects of the caffeine for me are a deterrent
I can’t read or watch movies/TV as much as I used to because of anxiety and some low-level depression (which causes more disinterest). Books are deliberately full of conflict and tension to keep readers hooked. Movies do the same thing to the viewers. Also, I think at some point I got tired of watching other people live their lives, and now I want to have more of a life. I’m trying to figure out how to do this.
I had this when SZ first hit me. I decided that I was going to do things I enjoyed again like watching TV and playing games and reading books. I set small goals like reading a few paragraphs. And then a few pages. And then a chapter. With games I’d play for give minutes. And then ten. And so on.
I got it back by pushing myself, but it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t pushed. Recovery is something you have to chase, not something that comes to you.
Im gonna get all psychological here. But let it flow over your head. Accept the things you cannot change. And sometimes, like in relationships, the moment you “stop trying too hard” , The magic usually happens.
I have difficulty doing my old hobbies. Some I have just accepted it’s not the proper time to pursue, like painting. Others I have been struggling with and I think I am making some headway. I still don’t like to watch a movie, unless it is a non-comedy that is playing on tv with commercials. That I can do sometimes or I’ll have it on in the background and watch scenes from in the kitchen. I am getting better at watching documentaries. I don’t play much video games in general but I get the feeling of a hobby being a chore. I am trying to find new hobbies currently.