A common question I see popping up in forums and groups for people with chronic health issues is “how do I stop myself from going crazy with boredom/frustration/loneliness/anger/sadness?” It can be a problematic issue, and it is a catch 22 situation. You feel so unwell because your body is sick, so you inevitably miss out on more and more in terms of socialisation, work, chores, physical exercise and activities; normal life! So then in resting your body and trying to heal, you find yourself feeling lonely and frustrated, which then makes you feel worse. It is a vicious circle. The best thing for your body while it heals is to find things to do that can keep your soul happy, your mind active and your body moving within its limits. These are some of the things that I have found to be effective. I will post 5 today, and another 5 on another Wellness Wednesday.
Creating a crafty mess while scrapbooking….
2. Move within your limits. Physical activity can be out of the question for a lot of people with chronic health conditions. It is important to move within your capabilities. Try hydrotherapy, or go for a walk around a plant nursery, or a park, or your lounge room, with your support person. Maybe yoga or pilates will suit you, or a gentle session with a personal trainer. Always check with your doctor first, but just because you can’t do some things, doesn’t mean you have to totally stop moving. It will be good for your health and your mind.
3. Change your location. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut, staying in bed or on the same couch, day in, day out when you are sick. When you can, try to spice it up a little! Go and sit on someone else’s couch. Go away to your favourite nearby location with family or friends, such as the beach, and rest in the place that makes you feel positive. Leave the stir crazy feeling of being in the same room day in, day out and enjoy a few days healing in your happy place. Invite friends over for a cuppa in the garden, but be open about your time limits and your need to rest. Take a blanket to the park.
4. Freshen up. Sometimes looking in the mirror to see a weak body with tired, dark bags under your eyes, and ghostly pale, dry skin and messy, limp hair can make you feel down right miserable! Not in a vain way, but in a loss of motivation way. So liven up the outside a bit, and it might help the inside! Paint your nails. Put a little make up on. Get a friend to brush your hair and put it up differently. Put on a nice outfit. Put some aftershave or perfume on (if you can tolerate it). Get some help to shave your beard or legs. Moisturise. Coat yourself in coconut oil. Use a natural face mist. Exfoliate your skin. Have a bath (try Epsom salt, and natural essences). Visit the hairdresser. Have a facial or a massage. Find something that will help make you feel a little more human.
This is my neighbour’s dog. He is happy to have the company too!