Despite this unpleasant fate, I have learned a few tips and tricks over my years that can help make life a little more enjoyable - even if I can't remove the pain altogether.
- Denial is everyone's WORST enemy. For a long time, when my life felt like a constant flu, I would follow one of two paths: either push myself to fight through it (with 10-12 hour days), or wallow in my own self-pity. Serious wallowing. The kind where you sob into a wine bottle while lying on the floor wondering "WHY ME?!?," with people having to come over and check that you are still alive. I didn't know it at the time, but these were two of the worst things that I could have been doing for my well-being.
- The Spoon Theory was one of the first chronic illness articles that made a huge impact in my life. It taught me that one must create a life budget, the way one would with their finances. You have a set amount of spoons at the beginning of the day, and you must be very careful where you use them. The people who are stealing your spoons might as well be stealing 20's right out of your pocket!
Here are some of my favorite things to spend my limited spoons on:
When you catch yourself thinking those self-sabotaging thoughts - stop them as soon as possible through distraction methods. Attempt to get to a happy place, even if it is only a daydream. We already have to deal with hurting all of the time. There is no need to add to the misery.
- LEARNING SELF-LOVE
- MAKING TO-DO LISTS FOR IMPORTANT TASKS
- HEALTHY MEAL PLANNING AND MAKING
- MAINTAINING A SEMBLANCE OF ORDER
- LETTING THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT KNOW THEY ARE LOVED
- LIGHTWEIGHT FORMS OF EXERCISE
- POSITIVE (YET REALISTIC...) THINKING
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