Once in a while, we all wake up to bad days. Maybe we missed our bus on the way to work or your water heater decides to stop working on a cold day. For chronically ill individuals, daily struggles are a given. Instead of letting your conditions get the better of you, let us give you a few tips for enjoying life despite chronic illness being in the way.
Enjoy Life Despite Chronic Illness – Following Passions
Seeking your purpose and meaning is each and every day will significantly help you to cope. Although it seems like an unattainable goal to work towards, many older individuals feel invigorated upon finding or rediscovering their new or old interests, hobbies, and passions. Whether it involves supporting other individuals in their hardships or picking up a new language in pursuit of being a lifelong learner, there is something out there for everyone to spark excitement in their day-to-day lives. You need not look for a passion that saves lives. A great passion, interest, or hobby is one that mentally stimulates your mind and makes you forget about time. Brainstorm ideas until you narrow them down to one or two, and then make them a reality.
Enjoy Life Despite Chronic Illness – Using Your Pain for Good
Sharing about your journey with chronic illness is painful and may reopen emotional wounds that may not have healed. It is a private experience that not all of us are comfortable talking about. But what if this can encourage and empower others who are just like yourself to overcome their struggles? Physical pain, anxiety, fear – these are universal experiences that a great number of people feel too, especially if they’re going through a similar chronic illness as you. Opening up about your unique experience can make you realize that you and others aren’t alone in this fight. Sharing your experience with chronic illness may lead you to find your tribe as well. We all need emotional support, and perhaps this can alleviate your stress and help you enjoy life outside of your illness.
Enjoy Life Despite Chronic Illness – Distinguish Your Illness from Yourself
As many people are already familiar with, mindfulness practices can help you to separate your pain from yourself. Being aware of your symptoms, hurt, and aches doesn’t mean you should let these take over your identity. It’s important to know that everyone has negative thoughts, but those thoughts do not define you at all. If you’re constantly experiencing such thoughts, try to acknowledge them and let them flow through you as it is natural for negative thoughts to come and go. Being aware that you are not your thoughts can significantly help in distinguishing your illness from yourself, so you can focus on trying to make the best out of life without your illness being in control.
Why Choose Discovery Village At Spring Mill?
At Discovery Village At Spring Mill, we offer various programs – personal care, memory care, and respite care. Your loved one can expect high-quality amenities, and stimulating recreational activities designed to socially, physically, and mentally engage our residents.
If you have any inquiries about our range of services, do not hesitate to contact us today.