3 Things to Do When You’re Super Bummed About Your Chronic Illness

I’m all about positive thinking. Our minds are extremely powerful, and I believe that we can use our brains to help us heal and live happy lives. That being said, sometimes there are days when you can’t stop thinking about your illness. Days where you feel hopeless, stuck in a negative spiral. If you have one of those days, the good news is you’re totally normal! Unfortunately, you probably can’t think yourself out of that place. Abraham-Hicks say that if you can’t find a positive thought about a subject, think about something else! So here are my tips to distract yourself out of your suffering and into a little more contentment.

1. Watch TV (The Right Kind)

This one is real easy: watch a funny or feel-good TV show. Don’t get me wrong, I love Scandal, but I don’t need to see political scheming and literal torture when I’m in a bad headspace. It’s just not going to help. Watch something that might have the power to make you laugh when you feel like crap! Laughter relaxes the body, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow. Basically, I’m telling you that watching The Office is good for your health.  

2. Get Creative! 

When I went through a particularly tough period this year, I ordered a pack of colored pencils and an adult coloring book full of mandalas. An activity like this can be meditative and peaceful. You might also try knitting, painting, or whatever brings you joy.

3. Bring a Book Outside 

Grab a good book that will make you forget about all the circumstances in your physical world. The fresh air will do you good, and bonus points if you do some grounding! Grounding, or earthing, is a technique where you connect your body to the earth (e.g. taking your shoes off and putting your feet in the grass). More research needs to be done, but studies suggest that it can help with chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, and sleep disorders!

If you’re still feeling down, trust that better days are coming and you’re not alone. Sending you love!

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