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Pleasurable activities reminder

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This leaflet is for anyone who may be going through a challenging time dealing with illness, its treatments, and consequences. Often when times are difficult or we feel unwell, we can find ourselves slowly stopping doing the things we enjoy. A lack of pleasurable activities can then begin to impact how we are feeling. When this happens, it can be helpful to restart doing a few things each day that we enjoy. Below is a list of types of pleasurable activities. Sometimes having such a list can be helpful in reminding you of things you have found pleasant in the past and may prompt you to think about what you can try now.


  • Writing (poems, prose, diary)
  • Drawing and/or painting
  • Model-making
  • Knitting or sewing
  • Planning gardening


  • Crosswords or other puzzles
  • Visiting the library
  • Visiting a museum or art gallery
  • Thinking about going to college to learn something
  • Reading books or articles, or searching the internet about things that interest you
  • Computer/internet puzzles
  • Researching, such as family history


  • Planning a walk or cycle route
  • Planning a visit to the countryside
  • Planning a visit to a place of interest
  • Planning a holiday
  • Listening to music
  • Playing a board game
  • Watching a sport
  • Going to the cinema or watching a DVD


  • Having a relaxing bath
  • Watching a favourite TV show
  • Listening to a favourite radio show
  • Planning a favourite meal
  • Eating something you find delicious
  • Having a nap
  • Wearing something nice
  • Taking care of physical appearance
  • Having a massage
  • Setting a goal, and making plans


  • Seeing a friend
  • Planning a party
  • Writing a letter
  • Buying a card for someone
  • Sharing a joke
  • Buying a present for someone
  • Enjoying the company of family
  • Chatting on internet social networks such as Facebook
  • Having a good conversation

Contacts and further information

If you require further information please leave a message for:

Dr Lynda Teape
HCPC Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist in Palliative Care

Box 63
Elsworth House
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Hills Road

Tel: 01223 274404 (internal: 274404)

Office hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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Cambridge University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road, Cambridge

Telephone +44 (0)1223 245151