It’s often easy to support a close friend when they’re down, however we often struggle with providing the same kindness and support to ourselves.
Chronic illnesses generally have no “cure” in sight, which means they can last a lifetime. Living with day to day chronic conditions can be difficult to manage, especially when they come with always changing symptoms and issues. With proper care and attention, you can live a happy and healthy life, even with health needs. Here are some tips to help you take charge and manage your illness:
Mindfulness is the process of bringing one's attention to what is occurring in the present moment. If you live with chronic illness, odds are that you have been told to do activities that promote mindfulness. When living with serious symptoms, it can be hard to see how mindfulness helps or how you will find the time/energy to engage in these activities. The trick is to find mindfulness in the everyday things you already do - you usually don’t even have to set more time aside. The main focus of mindfulness is the stay present and be fully in the moment.