Over the past few years I have spent time virtually sailing on a sail-racing navigation simulator website (www.sailonline.org
) and have found it to be amazingly restorative for brain function. My brain had been beginning to really become sluggish back in 2008 when I found this site, having been doing Brain Training on Nintendo DS Lite in an attempt to maintain brain function,but I am now convinced that by "sailing" on sailonline, my brain is now much more alert and its functionality has remained good. It helps, of course, that my medication is now suiting me too,of course!
Not only has being on sailonline increased my feelings of sociability (I am mostly housebound) but it has introduced me to the real world of sailing! Many of those who "sail" on the site are sailors in reality - either competitive or sociable - or have sailed in the past while others are like me and are landlubbers but who enjoy finding out about it. The site buddies up with some different sailing organisations (offshore sailing in New Zealand, tall ships racing etc) and the combination of the virtual with the real is really beguiling. The races take place all over the world and there are Google Earth overlays that mean you can sightsee as you sail - there is a whole new world out there!!
I have found that because I can expend as little or as much energy on this interest as I choose, and because it does require some degree of calculation(wind angles etc) sailing on sailonline is proving a lot more helpful for my increasingly sluggish brain than my Nintendo DS was!!
I therefore commend sailonline.org to you - it is free to sail (and no advantage can be bought) and is just a super way for those of us who are mostly housebound and/or limited in how much we can really get out adventuring, to feel part of something very upbeat, energetic and outdoorsy!!