Listen to your body
I’m not sure how loud my body has to scream at me before I learn to listen to it, anyone else the same? I think that’s down to a longing to live that comes from having life stripped away from you but where will it get me if I never truly listen to my body’s needs? Not far, even I know that. So I’m learning to listen to my body’s cries before they become screams, again. It’s a learning curve for sure.
Ok, no one likes to admit they need help. Whether we are eight or eighty, we want, strive for and often need our independence. This makes living with chronic illness and the limitations it can present incredibly difficult. Here’s the thing that I have learnt. In order to cope with our illness, it’s symptoms and all that it entails (medical appointments, household upkeep, shopping etc) we need help. We simply cannot face this alone. When we ask for help, when we accept help, our burden is lessened and we are more able to simply fight and that is surely hard enough.
Be kind to yourself
Don’t beat yourself up
Do the diet that’s right for you & don’t beat yourself up if you can’t
Rest when you can
Join the online community
Find something that brings you joy
What does self care look like to you? Because it is personal. So long as it’s right for you and it fits into your life, making a positive impact then that’s what counts.
It is ongoing, we have to remind ourselves to be kind to ourselves, to ask for help, to breathe and I mean really breathe. These aren’t a one off. We must prioritise ourselves so we can prioritise our health.
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