The concept of being happy and healthy while living with a chronic illness or long term health condition seems strange, but it doesn't mean it isn't possible. Yes, living with a chronic health condition can be incredibly challenging and can have a significant impact on your lifestyle.
However, that doesn't mean that you can't be happy and otherwise healthy – your medical condition does not have to define your entire life. You can make the most of your life and enjoy it, even when you are living with a chronic health problem. Here, we look at how you can make living with an illness a little bit more manageable.
Prioritize pain management
When you have a chronic condition, such as arthritis, lupus, or celiac disease, it's essential that you make pain management a priority if and when it is needed. No one wins any medals for trying to struggle unnecessarily. Make sure that you don't leave it too long to take pain relief because, by that time, your pain levels can be too high, and you will struggle to get them back under control.
As soon as you feel the onset of pain, try to reduce it before it becomes unbearable. Painkillers are the most obvious way of dealing with it, but many people swear by other, more alternative pain management methods such as physio, acupuncture, or they go out to buy CBD oil and try that. Therapies that involve heat or ice can also be highly effective – it is just a case of finding out what works best for you.
Eat well & stay active
This is easier said than done, we know. When you are feeling unwell, it is much easier to eat comfort food and stay in bed or on the couch watching TV, and getting up and moving about can feel too difficult.
The key to eating healthily is making meals in batches and freezing them so that on bad days, you have plenty of healthy food in the freezer that just needs to be microwaved. As for snacks, aim to stick to fruit and raw vegetables, and you will feel much better for it.
Celebrate the small wins
No achievement is too small to celebrate. Whether you manage to walk the extra mile compared to normal, can eat a whole meal, or manage to finish that book you have been reading, celebrate!
When you suffer from a chronic illness, it's all about celebrating the small wins. To prevent life and your health from getting you down, it's important to celebrate the little things as this will help to keep a smile on your face and should lift your mood.