Every day there is a chance we might wake up, and our bodies may say “No. Not today.” Living with a disease isn’t easy to deal with for a variety of reasons, both mentally and physically. But for most of us, we don’t want to sit in bed all day, we don’t want to miss out on life, and we’d like to still be productive in some way.
So what can we do to battle the fatigue and pain that we might experience any day? We have to fight back, but there are simple things we can do during the day that can make living with a chronic illness a little bit easier. While these five tips will likely not make a huge difference in your life the day which you need to fight, they can make the day a little more bearable. Try one, some, or all of them out. You never know, they might be the key to easing the pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. You can track these and more with the Better Life Patient Journal, then watch your productivity and overall wellness improve.
- Hydrate – Many symptoms which we all experience with so many diseases may be helped by staying hydrated. Make it a point to have whatever hydration drink that works best with your body ready to drink first thing in the morning. For the founder of CBY Brian Greenberg, he mixes the hydration drink which works best for him. You can find an over the counter multivitamin powder the night before in an insulated bottle, this way it’s not only ready to drink when he wakes up, but also during the night when we are most likely to become dehydrated.
- Move – We get that there are days when getting out of bed to do errands or carry out the tasks at hand are impossible. Trust us, we get it. But it’s important to keep your blood circulating throughout your body. The movement will help ease joint and muscle pain that we experience during our fight. There is a reason why various smart watches now alert you to stand up or go for a short walk. Moving will make sure your blood is flowing, and your body is working. Even standing up and lifting your legs and arms a little bit can make a big difference.
- Meditate – Staying positive isn’t always ways while living with a chronic disease. Every day is another mental battle whether we are feeling well or not. There are so many variables we have to account for that others may not. This is why it’s important to clear your head and make sure that your mind is in the right place. Meditation isn’t what it used to be. We aren’t asking you to sit like a monk for a day. Just 10 minutes can drastically help your mind and body. Many of the worlds healthiest and wealthiest professionals schedule time every day to meditate. This time is blocked off and not to be disturbed. So here is the question, if it is something that is important for them to do, shouldn’t it be for you. Brian does the same at 2 pm and before bed, using an app called Headspace. You can find many mediation apps like Headspace and Calm or just search for them on Youtube.
- Gratitude – Life is complicated and it can quickly get us down. This is why it’s essential to practice gratitude every day. Even on the worst of days, it’s important to look at the good in life. While this isn’t the life many of us wanted or asked for, it still can be much worse, and we have to find the bright lights that fill it always. Every morning and night Brian practices gratitude by writing down three things that make his life better. This might be the people around him, a win that he experienced that day, or taking on a challenge with a positive mindset even though he could have turned another way. You can efficiently practice gratitude with our Better Life Patient Journal every day and quickly see a difference in your mindset.
- Plan & Prepare – As stated earlier, we never know what the day is going to throw at us when we wake up. We might wake up fine, we might wake up feeling poor. The important part is to have a plan that you make the night before. Not only will this help you wake up with an idea of what you’d like to do, but it will make it easier to navigate the curveballs that might be thrown your way. In fact, your nightly routine is what will propel you into the following day. Each night Brian lists the three main tasks that he would like to complete with his Better Life Patient Journal. He writes out one primary task, followed by two subtasks. The goal is always to finish the number one task of the day. By the end of the year, he’ll have completed 365 tasks to better his life. The other two tasks he hopes to get to, but he looks at these as icing on the cake.
Our team knows what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. We do it every day, just like you. The key is to be consistent with as many of these five daily goals as possible. They might sound small or that they won’t make a difference, but we promise you that over time you will begin to see a difference in your overall health both mentally and physically.
The best part of all of these is, none of them can hurt you to try for a while. No, you aren’t going to see a difference in one day, and you might not see a difference in 7-14 days, but if you stick with it over time, you’ll be amazed at the results.
For more information on the Better Life Patient Journal, click here! You’ll be amazed at how it can guide you through your journey with your chronic illness and improve your overall health.
We hope you are feeling well today and on your way to becoming a Chronically Better You.