Life is heavy but add chronic illness to it and you’ve got yourself a lifelong cycle of being sick, being tired, catching up, and being sick and tired of catching up. I have only had a chronic illness diagnosis for a few years but I have spent my life being chronically ill and I know what it takes for me to stay on top of things, not that I always stay on top of them, just that I know what I should be doing.
Ever so often I will post a few practices that keep my life on track and/or help me recover from flares and I hope that you’re able to use them to help you deal with balancing life and sickness whether it’s a common cold or lupus.
So here we go…
1. Prayer/ Meditation
Every morning I take time to pray over my day and meditate on God’s Glory. This helps me get into a grateful mindset. It’s very easy to remember all the aches and pains going through my body and if I let those thoughts linger for too long it’s even harder to focus on my daily task.
Get those organs flowing. Many professionals believe that NOT doing some type of exercise is a symptom contributor for many (if not all) chronic illnesses. Low-impact exercises such as walking or yoga can improve your mood and your condition, so wake up and take 20-30 minutes to purposely move about each morning.
3. Brain Joggers
Are you slightly forgetful? Or just can’t get your thoughts organized? Did you know doing a puzzle each day before you tackle problems better equips you to do so? Grab a crossword puzzle or a sudoku book and knock those cobwebs out before you get your work day started.
4. Eat Breakfast
Eating a good breakfast can ease some of those early morning woes that us chronic illness warriors have. Not only do you need to eat breakfast you need to eat a healthy one. Personally, I need a cup of tea first thing in the morning to help settle my stomach but I always grab something to eat right after.
5. To – Do List
Making a to-do list at the end of every day can also help with some of that forgetfulness AND get those thoughts out that are keeping you up. When you sit down for breakfast glance over the to-do list you made and complete the most important item first. If you’re going to use your spoons for the day make sure you do what’s important.
…not bad huh?
Did you know that experts say it takes about 21 days to form a habit and I think that’s mostly true especially for stuff like what I just mentioned, so why don’t you pick out a couple and try them for the next few weeks and see if you notice any changes in you healthy, mood, or recovery. I don’t think you’ll disappointed.
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