"Research has shown that a human alone can only cope with 3 days of inactivity with limited stimulation before significant psychological distress occurs. This is seen in the form of loss of motivation, decline in intellectual activities (losing your edge), mood swings, and somatic complaints (headache,dizziness, nausea). The company of and interaction with others prolongs the period by several days. Several studies have shown that the average person needs 10-12 hours of activity per day to avoid boredom. Part of the answer is routine. Establishing a pattern, which occurs everyday, is really important for psychological well-being. People respond really well to having a routine and having clear jobs to perform. Everyone should be given an area of responsibility and important activities that are theirs to perform."
That is absolutely right- a daily routine, with everyone carrying some task or chore to ease the load for everyone, is very important. Everyone, even the smallest child, needs to know they are a vital part of the gameplan and that their contribution is crucial to "mission success." But when the chores are completed, what then?
We don't have cable so we don't watch tv when we're bored... all of our games are imagination-led and not run on batteries anyway. However, when things are "normal" it's easy to use the DVD player or invite a friend over to stay entertained. I have a mental list of games that we generally neglect, that would be easy to re-introduce for all the "what-if's" a prepper has in mind.
- a shoebox of dominoes and a book of domino games
- a peanut butter jar of GeoMags- magnetic rods with steel balls
- some abridged Cranium games- they're in small sturdy boxes
- Wikki Stix- silent, pliable, non-melting or staining wax sticks
- scrabble tiles in a portable banana-shaped bag
- don't forget standbys like paper and pencils!
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