6 Ways to Stay ‘Sane’ When Dealing With a Chronic Illness

Dealing with a chronic illness every minute of every day of every year can drive a person insane. It's important to find ways to relieve stress and anxiety, as it'll increase your sense of fulfillment as well as your quality of life. Some of these tips may be familiar to you and some may be new (but worth a try!). Here are some tips to help you stay sane when dealing with a chronic illness: 1. Rachel Cox suggests getting creative. Knit, crochet, paint, draw, play an instrument—whatever you're able to do. Perhaps you could even get together with a group and take turns teaching a skill to the others. It would not only be fun, but you might develop a new hobby you really enjoy. MORE: The history of fibromyalgia. 2. Cox also suggests putting some effort into getting ready. Wear something pretty like a scarf or jewelry, put on some makeup and just get out of your PJs and sweats. These simple things may help to improve your outlook and how you feel about yourself. 3. She also recommends getting outside. Even if it's just for a few minutes. Look at the sky, breathe in fresh air, take a walk in the rain. If you're unable to get outside, perhaps someone could bring you something to enjoy such as seashells, flowers, pine boughs. Having something to enjoy from nature can mentally transport you there. 4. Femsplain suggests treating yourself to a bath. Soaking in an epsom salt bath and a
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6 comments

  1. Em says:

    I find all of these things very well-I have tried different things w/ others only to discover those I was willing to teach about different things were far more interested in gossip than learning anything. When the gossip and maligning start I leave. I have no need of this type of thing. My time is far better spent doing positive things. Murmuring and complaining never has worked for those I know using this method. Such a shame that others do not even want help, encouragement or even trying to be positive.
    I finally quit trying to help others and focus more on myself. Being a people pleasing person certainly never did anything more than thrust me into a deeper, darker place and my pain even became worse.
    I am not a selfish person and self-pity gets a person…????

    • Nads says:

      Em, you aren’t a selfish person. One thing I’ve learnt from this illness is you need to be the one to look out for you, I agree the gossiping and negativity of some groups is exhausting just to listen to!! Only one person knows how you feel day to day etc…. & that is you! Don’t ever apologise or think your selfish for that. Stay well as you can

      • Dianne Roncal, DMD says:

        Em, you are not a selfish person. It is best to surround yourself with those who understand you more. You deserve genuine people. Keep that positive spirit and wish you all the best. 🙂

    • Tim Bossie says:

      That’s true Valerie! The good news is that with new technologies and connectivity today, many doctors are taking a more virtual approach to caring for patients.

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