I hate to say this because it sounds lame at times, but having a chronic illness is rough. Truly. You can be great one day and the next day feel like you can’t get off of the couch. There is no predictability, no matter how aware of your body you are.
I have more good days than bad days lately as I figure out more and pieces to healing. But, I almost think the bad days are worse when you’ve had a run of feeling good.
I notice I need to work on my attitude more when that happens. Attitude is a large part of any healing protocol, in my opinion.
Mentally, when I’m down, my body seems to follow. This can be tough when the anxiety kicks in but I tell myself this is just for a short time. It took awhile for my body to get sick, it is going to take awhile for my body it get well.
Working through some of the bad days helps. I try not to sit and dwell on what is wrong but think about what is right.
My goal is that my kids see their mom still moving on when she doesn’t feel well. Spending the day on the couch reading and playing board games with my kids is a day well spent! Yes, the house might not be it’s cleanest but we still manage to have a good day.
Dinner may be some thing quick and easy, but we still get to sit together and eat as a family. That’s such a blessing to all of us.
These are the things I choose to focus on, not the things I can’t do.
When we are healing, we need to look at everything in our lives, including our attitudes. There are some things we can’t change but we can always change our own attitude. It’s amazing how looking at something with joy can turn your day around!
What do you do to keep a good attitude while working through chronic illness?