In today’s blog post I will be sharing my top 7 habits that will help boost your wellbeing. This tips are applicable to all people, but especially those who are dealing with a chronic illness.
I hope that these tips will help to give you some new ideas on how to achieve balance and wellbeing in your life moving forward. But, before we jump in be sure to follow my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to get more updates from me on my day to day life.
1. Prioritize Movement
Movement is so important to keep your body limber and healthy. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but I think that having some sort of schedule or routine for movement is super important for overall wellbeing. I personally like to incorporate a lot of walks, yoga, and some weight lifting into my routine every week. This helps me to stay active and fit, but it also helps with my stress and anxiety levels.
Movement has helped me through some of the worst pain I have ever experienced, and I think that without my yoga practice I would have never gotten through the months leading up to my surgery in July 2018.
2. Use the Power of Lists
A. Love Lists
I think it is a really good exercise to write out a list of 20+ things that you love about yourself, and a list of 20+ things that you love about the world. These lists are great to have around when you are feeling unconfident or in a low mood. Keep them on your phone or in a spot near by, so you always have access to them.
B. Problem Solving Lists
For people with a chronic illness, it can be far too familiar to run into limitations on the daily. That is why I think another great list to make is your limitations, and how you can work around them. Start by writing out all your limitations on one side of the page. Then think of one solution for each of those limitations.
For example, the limitation may be that you tire easily while walking, and the solution may be to use a wheel chair in big stores or museums. By having a list of solutions at your finger tips it makes it easier for you to problem solve when/if issues do arise.
3. Meditation & Mantras
Mantras are also something that I have added into my daily morning routine. I list off my daily mantras after my mediation, and I think this is a great way to start off the day on a positive foot.
I previously wrote a whole post on how to make your own Mantras and I think that it would be very helpful for anyone who is new to the practice. Additionally, I wrote a whole post on the benefits of meditation and what meditation form is right for you.
4. Place Yourself on Top
For those of you dealing with a chronic illness, it can be very easy to feel guilty for being sick. That is why you try to always put others before yourself. But, your must remember that your health is so important, and so it is critical to be open and honest about how you are feeling. If you can’t make it to something, cancel. If you aren’t able to do something, ask for help.
I know that this isn’t easy, but being honest with others (and yourself) is CRUCIAL for both your physical and mental health. Put yourself on the top of your pyramid, and if someone ever tries to shame you for making yourself a priority, kindly show them the door.
5. Commit to Daily Gratitude
For over 5 years now I have been writing 5 things that I am grateful for every night before bed. It is a quick practice that helps me to remember that I am blessed with so much goodness in my life (even amongst some very terrible things).
6. Respect Your Body
To get yourself started on the right track, first look at the words you use to describe your body or your condition. Try to speak about yourself using positive and kind words (either out loud to others or in your head). The more you make it a practice to speak kindly about yourself, the more it will become natural.
Respect for your body also comes in the form of rest and awareness. If you are feeling poorly, don’t be afraid to rest and cancel plans. Be aware of how you are feeling, and respect your body and its needs.
7. Connect With Others
I am really lucky to have my parents, boyfriend, friends, and online community to support me. But, some are not so lucky. So, if you find that your family or friends are not supporting you, be honest in how you feel with them. Hopefully, they will be willing to improve, but if not there are many other places to find support. Connect with people online who are struggling with the same condition, or find a local support group.
For anyone struggling with Crohn’s and Colitis in Windsor, ON, please come out and join us at one of our chapter meetings. I am the social media representative for this chapter, so like us on Facebook for more info on the chapter and it’s meetings.
Otherwise, find a chapter that is near by to you for your given condition.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Chapter Meetings
Overall, I hope that this post helped to give your some insight and some resources to help you find greater peace of mind and wellbeing while dealing with a chronic illness.
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