For someone living with chronic illness it’s important for us to be thoughtful of the things we do everyday so we don’t over exert ourselves. That means being mindful of the things we CAN do and the things we CAN’T do. This can be hard for someone who is used to being independent, like me, but in order to practice self care we need to pay attention to our bodies and let it take the lead on what we can do safely and with the assistance of others if needed.
Windy’s Not To Do List
- Do not say “Yes” to things your body is telling you to say “No” to
- Do not blame yourself for being unable to do certain things. It’s not your fault!
- Do not speak negatively about yourself (You are not your illness)
- Do not pretend to be ok when you’re not ok (It’s ok to not be ok)
- Do not isolate yourself (We all need community)
- Do not overthink things (That can lead to unnecessary stress)
- Do not ignore your symptoms (Listening to your body is very important)
Having a chronic illness can be hard at times, I mean most days for me it’s very hard as I don’t feel like getting out of bed. For the most part having a chronic illness means that we will need to make some adjustments in our daily routines as well as depending on others to help from time to time. Listening to our bodies, saying no to the things you need to say no to and giving yourself some grace can make all the difference.
If you are someone who lives with chronic illness, what are things you’ve learned to say “No” to? How did that make you feel? How did those around you adjust? I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to make a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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