What does self care mean to you? For many of us, it’s that much-needed time that we take for ourselves. I take another look at a more basic, personal definition of self-care in my latest post for RheumatoidArthritis.com here: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/blog/another-view-of-self-care/
It seems that having a chronic disease comes with a hearty side dish of guilt — for not being able to do things, having to cancel activities, or otherwise disappointing those around us. You need to give yourself permission to do the things you need to do and NOT do the things you are unable to.
Read the full article here: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/give-yourself-permission/
- Living in a well makes you different and can isolate you from other people.
- To do anything “normal” you first have to get out of your well, i.e., get over the pain, fatigue, etc.
- Sometimes you need mobility aids to get you out of your well.
- When people realize you’re in a well, they talk down to you.
- The longer you’re in the well, the deeper the well gets, i.e., the harder it is to get out of and the less chance there is for a full recovery.
- It’s dark at the bottom of the well, but sometimes there is light in the form of a new therapy that offers hope.
- People who have never lived in a well may care, but they can never fully understand the experience.
- Being in a well is a true underground movement and connecting to other well-dwellers is a good way to keep your sanity and keep hope alive.
- Exercise makes it easier to climb out of your well each day.
- Only you have control over how deep and how dark — or how shallow and light — your well is.
I hope whatever you find in your day, it finds you well.
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