Living with chronic illness, such as cancer, Lyme disease, and certain autoimmune diseases, treatment can take a toll on your mental and physical health. It’s essential to take time out for your day for yourself and practice self-care - even if it’s a short, but important, five minutes. Continue reading to discover five recommended best self-care practice tips if you are living with chronic illness.
Unplug From Technology
Unplugging from digital devices, like your phone and laptop, is one of the best ways you can help your mind and body. It gives your brain an opportunity to reboot and your body a chance to unwind from everyday hustle and bustle. Taking a break from technology also helps reduce stress and anxiety. You can slow down and be more in tune with the present moment. As American actor Chris Butler said best, “sometimes the best way to recharge is to unplug.”
Catch Up With A Friend Or Family Member
When was the last time you had a short (or long) and sweet conversation with a close friend or family member? If it has been a while, it may be time to connect with a loved one. Let them know you were simply thinking of them or share a laugh. Having friends and family as support, especially when dealing with chronic illness, can help enhance your mental well-being. Put energy into relationships that are worth your energy and keep in touch with those who are understanding of what you are going through.
Listen To Music
If you deal with chronic pain, music is known to soothe your mind and body. In fact, it’s scientifically proven to help alleviate physical pain. Not only that, but listening to music helps release stress hormones, allowing you to relax and sway to the melody. Take five minutes out of your day to jam to your favorite song. Not sure what to listen to? Here’s a Spotify playlist of songs that has helped people with chronic illness through a tough time.
Reflect On Your Day
When you’re coping with a disease that has altered the way you live, every accomplishment is significant. Before you end your day, wind down and take some time to reflect on your wins. Celebrate every success, no matter how little or big. Whether it's making your bed or leaving the house to meet a friend, end your night by acknowledging your victories.
Be Kind To Yourself
It’s easy to self-criticize and blame when living with a chronic illness. Being sick or tired is not a flaw and it’s okay not to feel okay. You are doing the best that you can. Recognize your courage, strength, and determination. Practice saying positive affirmations such as, “I have the mind, heart and soul of a warrior” and “I am patient and kind to myself” for a few minutes everyday. Affirmations give you the power to change your negative thinking habits into positive one’s and help boost self-confidence.
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