I’ve been doing a lot of researching and a bit of trial and error. Every illness is different and every person within that illness is different. Some may have mildly irritating symptoms while others may end up bedridden and unable to function. While discussing different symptoms with a wide variety of people I came up with a list of “commandments” in order to help me (and maybe you) function a little easier. Or maybe it will inspire you to move towards the best health you can reach. What better way to start the new year than with some guidelines to assist on our journey.
The Health Commandments of Chronic Illness
- Spend at least 1 minute in prayer/meditation/positive thought. Even if that means laying in bed and saying thanks for just one thing.
- Always take your meds. Write it down, set an alarm on your phone, get a pill box. Whatever works.
- Stretch for at least 1 minute. In bed, on the floor, or standing up.
- Do one thing at a time. What are your must dos for the day? Don’t try to multi-task. EVER.
- Pick up after yourself when you can.
- Recruit family and friends to help. Or hire someone to do the cleaning/cooking if possible. Hubby, wife, kids, mom/dad, etc. Even the 2-3 year old can be taught to clean up after themselves. Encourage independence in children instead of wallowing in the mommy guilt.
- Laugh everyday. Watch a funny movie or a favorite comedian.
- Set reminders for important events. Use your phone, a planner, or a white board.
- Plan your meals.
- Remember to pace yourself. If you don’t schedule downtime to de-stress and let your body rest then a flare will likely show up at the least opportune time.
- Don’t compare yourself or your life to someone else’s. We are all running our own race. Enjoy the moments you have.
In order to move forward in 2017, we have to have a basis of control over our daily life. I realize that control is a loose concept as our bodies do not cooperate and we cannot push through like “healthy” people. But that is a post for another day.