I have epilepsy. Other people have fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, migraines, cancer or some other devastating disease. There are so many ways your life can be affected by what is going on with your health. Whatever the chronic illness you are dealing with, here are some ways I have come up with that make me feel better. Ten of them, in fact.
Here they are, in no particular order...except #1, because it is really #1: Okay, now #1 is going to be #10 because I can't figure out how to make my Word thing make the numbers go in the opposite direction. It is going 1,2,3, not 10, 9, 8. You would think it has never seen a shuttle countdown or watched David Letterman. Whatever.
You and I know that it should countdown. So, think about it that way. Sorry to be so difficult. Dang computer
- “Count your blessings, name them one by one...” Do you
know that song? Be thankful for your blessings. I am so thankful for
my bed. I am thankful that, although I miss working, when
a seizure strikes, I can lay down immediately. I can just stay
inside if I feel like I am having a seizure day, or after I've had
one. The post-ictal headaches are horrendous, and all you want is a
nice, quiet, place to lay down!
- (Actually, I wish you could see me with this computer right
now. It is about to be chronically in the back yard.) Okay. 2.)
Realize it is okay to waller, too. Or wallow...but I can say it no
other way but waller. To each his own. Anyway, wallering is what
pigs do to cool down, to rest. Sometimes we just need a moment, or a
day, to waller. Just also know, that wallering TOO much can just
make the hole deeper, so don't waller too long. Get up, get
going...decide that you are going to do one productive thing, no
matter how small.(Start with brushing your teeth. That will benefit
- It is okay to ask for, or receive help. Even if you are too
stubborn or ashamed to ask for it, accept help when it is offered.
Your friends and loved ones want to do something, anything, to help.
On that note:
- Have someone go to the library and get some funny books. Erma
Bombeck (my favorite), Lewis Grizzard, Rick Bragg...those are some
of my favorite authors. Read funny blogs...search Google to find
some. Be sure and subscribe to “sleeping in an unmade bed”. I
hear it is a riot!
- Find a support group in your area. HOWEVER, if you go and
there are a bunch of Wendy Whiner's, you may not want to get
involved. I mean, signing up for “balloons” to bring at the next
pity party is just counter intuitive.
- Spend time with positive people. If you have some good
friends who are still with you even after your life changing
illness, lean on them. Go to lunch if you feel like it, or have them
over for coffee and Little Debbies. Or vanilla wafers. Or whatever
people who don't live in the South eat. Just don't cook.
- If you feel like it, keep your little area of the world clean
and organized. If you can hire someone to do it, go back to #1 (#10)
and be thankful.
- If you feel like it, get up and get dressed for the day, and
put on lipstick. (This is optional for my male readership). My old
ladies at the nursing home where I worked all those years would
always tell me to “put your lips on”. It really does help you
feel better when you look good.
- Look at videos of kittens and puppies on You Tube. There is
no way to keep from smiling. Look at videos of babies giggling.
- If you are a Christian, read the Bible everyday. If you are not a Christian, find someone who is and talk to them about what they believe. There is
something transformative about the Word of God. Read inspirational
quotes. Just Google that, and pages and pages will pop up. Something
is bound to resonate with you.
That's the list! I am glad to be through. This dang computer and I do not get along sometimes, and it makes it very hard for me to be the witty, compassionate encourager I was born to be. See how this paragraph after the list is on the left with the list?? Whatever computer. You better be glad I am about to use you to watch some cute kittens on You Tube, and you better not mess that up.
Love and joy!Vicky