Top 25 Resolutions For Those With Chronic Illnesses In 2016

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Isn’t it the time to consider new ways to perhaps accomplish some of the resolutions that didn’t work out in quite the way you wanted?

However, if you suffer from a chronic illness, you might feel like just making it through the day is an accomplishment. This is a time of year when you can become depressed, feelings as if nothing will change and that you have nothing to look forward to but more of the same symptoms that your disease offers you

You don’t have to let those feelings get you down. Get out a notebook or journal and write out a list of some of the things you want to accomplish and then some of the things you KNOW you can accomplish.

Whether it is simply taking better care of yourself, trying to be more patient with family member who just don’t get it, or taking a few minutes out of every day to appreciate the fact that you are alive, they are all terrific resolutions for YOU.

Below you will find a list of 25 resolutions that can help get you started.

Don’t let any naysayers stand in your way. Get out that pencil and start writing. Read through them at least once a week. You might be shocked at how many things you can do, even if you are struggling with a chronic disease.

1. Be kind to yourself and be forgiving for the things that you don’t have the energy for or don’t feel well enough to accomplish.

2. Find peace within yourself so that you don’t allow negative thoughts or negative people to influence your mood.

3. Have courage to answer curious people’s questions. Remember that most people don’t intend to be hard-hearted or mean, they simply don’t understand and are reaching out the only way they know how.

4. Allow yourself to get the rest your body needs, and don’t worry so much about all the things that you feel you “should” be doing.

5. Create or find a support group so that you don’t feel so alone.

6. Make time for YOU without feeling guilty about it.

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7. Don’t feel depressed about not being able to do what healthy people do.

8. Don’t feel as if you must be “Superman” or “Wonder Woman.” If you need to say NO, don’t feel guilty about it!

9. Set a goal, no matter how small, and take baby steps so that you can accomplish it.

10. Be more understanding of judgmental people who think they know more about your disease than you do.

11. Get involved in awareness campaigns or treatment fundraisers.

12. Don’t feel as if you need to explain to everyone what you are going through every single day. Simply say you can’t do something, and leave it at that.

13. Accept that fact that sometimes life is tough, but that you are infinitely tougher.

14. Sometimes, turn life around: Do the fun stuff first and chores later.

15. Laugh as much as possible. Yes, even at yourself.

16. Remember that asking for help or special accommodations is NOT a sign of weakness.

17. Enjoy days when you are feeling almost normal. Cherish those days! Write down how it feels and when you feel really terrible, read back on those days and remember.

18. Pick your battles carefully.

19. Let go of unnecessary things that are a burden.

20. Remember that others also suffer from diseases or problems, some of which we cannot see. Be kind and reach out to others who are also suffering.

21. Help those who are even less fortunate than you.

22. You might have a chronic disease, but you don’t have to put up with chronically negative people, places or situations.

23. If you can, try to get out of the house for something other than treatments! Even if it is just sitting in your front yard looking at the passing traffic.

 

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24. Get whatever exercise your body will allow. Even lifting light weight while sitting in a chair is still exercise.

25. When you see others who appear to have a great life, remember that everything is not as it appears. Everyone has problems. Love your life and love yourself.

References:

www.health.ny.gov