Life is crazy but add chronic illness to it and you’ve got yourself lifelong a cycle of being sick, being tired, catching up, and being sick and tired of catching up.
Since my childhood, I’ve had to deal with migraines and anxiety and if know anything about those two, you know that they can take you out unexpectedly for days at a time. My teenage years brought on fibromyalgia with lupus sneaking in during my 20s, so I’ve had my share of chronic issues.
Here are a few practices that have helped me cope and recover from flares and can help any person suffering from illnesses deal with the sick cycle.
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 becomes even harder to focus on my daily tasks. So every morning I take time to pray over my day and meditate on God’s Glory; this helps me get into a grateful mindset and motivates me to at least try to be a willing participant in the day’s activities. (I’m an introvert, I struggle with participation anyway)
You have to 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. Doing low impact exercises such as walking or yoga can improve your mood and your condition; so if you can, take 20-30 minutes to purposely move about each morning. There are days that I can’t bear to walk and on those days I do my best to stretch in the comfort of my bed just so I can get the kinks out.
Misery doesn’t keep time very well and being sick can make you forget what day of the week it is or what you walked in a room to do. Doing a puzzle at the start of each day better equips you to tackle problems and retain information. So grab a crossword puzzle or sudoku book and knock those cobwebs out before you get your day started.
Eating a good breakfast can ease some of those early morning woes that we 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.
Write it Down
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 at night. 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 too bad huh?
Did you know that…
….experts say it takes about 21 days to form a new habit, so why don’t you pick out a couple of suggestions 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 be disappointed.