We are a society that cares about our weight. It is a big deal to us whether our weight is too high or too low. I have been on both ends of the spectrum and did not like either extreme. So how do we deal with it? How do we get past our own thoughts, the preducices of our current culture and the physical limitations that come with chronic illness and weight issues?
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When was the last time you could declare a “good day?” Good days are a joke when we are chronically ill. I have gone several years without ONE “good day.” Are y’all having any “good days” through your illness?
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Too much noise, too many smells, too much movement, too many people, too many decisions, too much of anything and everything shuts me down quickly. While we are chronically ill, too much stimulus is simply too much. Navigating stimulus helps us be calmer so we can heal faster.
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Exactly who said we have to figure out everything?? Not everything is worth figuring out. Some things are better left alone.
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Ever been so physically overwhelmed that it didn’t matter what you called it, it STUNK??? Anyone with almost any illness clearly knows physical overwhelm. We have to stop and deal with whatever. Sometimes panic or anxiety attacks kick in and they are quite different but they cause a physical overwhelm. Sorting it out a little can help us navigate social situations so we are not so isolated while we are chronically ill.
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There are SO many illnesses and so many variables that no two people can possibly have the same illness journey. No two experiences can be exactly the same, impossible. When we compare ourselves to others, we are either overly disappointed or overly self-superior to others. Either way, it does not serve us to compare. We can heal faster when we let comparisons go.
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There are so many ups and downs with chronic illness that our expectations do not always match our reality. What happened days ago may or may not be our physcial reality for today. Constant matching of our reality to our expectations can get us down the healing path with greater ease and safety.
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All humans do goofy things. The goofy feels magnified when we are ill. No one is so cool that they are above this. Pride can sometimes drive our goofy actions and blindside us. During illness, set the goofy pride aside!!
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Don’t you get tired of hearing your own thinking sometimes while you are ill? Shake up the brain rattle, the endless chatter in our heads with some noise. Make it fun, make it different. Turn up the volume and let’s see if we can get our self-chatter to step aside for some real noise.
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Fear, calm and boring can all be rolled up into one day in the life of drama for someone with chronic illness. Nuts, but it is true. You know it because you are living it out as well. There can be complete boredom with the fear and drama of illness. And do we really need to hear again to “just be calm?” How can we walk through a single day with all of this nonsense?
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