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Tip Sheet:  Guidelines for Recreation after a Recent Rehabilitation Stay    

These guidelines are suggested to consumers after receiving services in a rehabilitation facility. Maybe some of them would be helpful to you?

Quality of life is important to everyone. Recreational activities can be very beneficial no matter what kind of limitations you may have. Keep in mind not only your physical needs but cognitive, emotional and social needs. These guidelines will be helpful for you in planning and structuring your leisure and recreation time after your hospitalization.

  • Plan your activities for the days when you are feeling good, both physically and emotionally.
  • Learn to recognize what helps you relax. Relaxation before activity relieves stress, pain and aids muscle function.
  • Plan your most active hours for early in the day when you have the most energy.
  • Take rest periods or a nap between activities to utilize energy conservation.
  • Alternate active and passive leisure time/recreation activities.
  • Know your limits…avoid over-exertion.
  • Plan activities that can be done at one sitting to give you immediate satisfaction.

    Plan activities that stretch over time to give you long-term satisfaction.
  • Plan the amount of time to be spent on the activity, stick to it, and leave when you still feel good. This will build your overall stamina.
  • In warm weather, confine your most rigorous activities to cooler parts of the day.
  • Avoid exhaustion and get sufficient rest BEFORE activities.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • If you want, do activities with a friend, but don’t be afraid to do them alone.
  • Learn to laugh at yourself, keep your sense of humor, and be flexible so you can “roll with the punches."

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Adapted from the Shepherd Center for Rehabilitation Atlanta, GA.