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: Seven celebrities who live with a chronic illness 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 adding a favorite essential oil like lavender is a treat and helps you relax and alleviate some pain, if only for a little while. MORE: 11 tips to improve your life with fibromyalgia 5. They also advise those with a chronic illness to stay hydrated. Some of the meds patients take can increase dry mouth and/or dehydration. Make sure to dri
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