I’m going to go ahead and admit that this week has not been easy. My dog is sick, my stomach and intestines are teaming up on me, my husband is out of town, and all of this means a lack of sleep for me that adds up to a pretty wicked migraine. I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to find a positive spin on this, but I started Feel Good Friday for me as much as I did for all of you, and I need it today more than ever. As I thought through everything that’s gone on this week I realized this is the perfect opportunity to talk about self-care. Self-care is important for anyone, but its especially important for people with chronic illness. This is because we tend to get run down faster and easier. Part of self-care is understanding that in addition to feeling for other people in your life you have to have compassion for yourself.
(Ed Note/Fun Fact: This quote often gets attributed to Buddha himself, while in actuality it comes from a handbook on living a Buddhist lifestyle. Regardless, it seemed helpful today.)
So in the spirit of having compassion for myself, here are some of my weekend plans
- Sleep – A LOT
- Read or listen to an audiobook (This is something I do when my vision is too wonky to actually read, or I am too fatigued for it)
- Take an epsom salt bath
- Figure out how to use the TENS unit I ordered last week
- Do my physical therapy exercises – ALL OF THEM
- Increase my vast knowledge of the Netflix and Hulu libraries
Guess What? I’m even going to try really hard to put these things before all the other stuff on my to do list, like all of that laundry I have to fold, the mounting dishes, and the errands that need done. I am going to do this because it is what I need. I will practice self-compassion and try my best not to feel guilty about fulfilling my needs so that I can feel relatively better soon. Those things will still be there then.
I wish you all a weekend filled with compassion for yourself and others. Whether or not you have a chronic illness, try to think of at least one thing you need and do it. It’s amazing how much more we are able to give when we take care of ourselves.