By Maia Gromadowski
When living with a chronic illness, it can be very hard to stay positive. We may find ourselves focusing on only the worst outcome, instead of the good ones. While living with a chronic illness, it can be hard to stay focused on the great things in life if an illness is constantly bringing you down. So here are five ways to stay positive while living with a chronic illness:
- Accepting Reality
Everyone, whether living with a chronic illness or not, tends to waste a good amount of time-fighting what is real instead of taking a moment to accept reality. When we fight reality, especially a chronic illness, life can grow to be very hard and depressing. If those with a chronic illness slowly learn to accept and work with their reality, the easier it will be to live a smooth and happy life!
- Focusing on the Good Days
Even though an individual may be chronically ill, their pain levels will very day to day. One day, you may not be able to get out of bed, and then another day you may find yourself feeling good enough to go on walks or clean the house. When the bad days decide to sneak up on you, just remember that they are not permanent. There will be bad days and good days. Same goes for those who do not live their lives with a chronic illness. When the good days come and go, we need to remember them and focus on them. Because without those good days, it may be hard to stay positive and hopeful!
- Keep on Moving Forward
As goes for everyone, life will knock us down, but it is up to us to keep our heads up and keep moving forward. Sometimes our forward steps may not be that large, but as long as we keep on trying, and aim for the right direction, it will give us a better state of mind and positive energy! When we feel that we are moving backward, just keep looking in the direction you want to go in and keep moving forward.
- Focus on the Positive
Sometimes we need to realize that we cannot control everything that goes on around us. We can’t control what other people say or how they act. When we are given negative looks for using a disability aid, we cannot control that. But what we can do is control our response. When choosing to use positivity as a response, we can control the flow of the situation. When responding with positivity, you learn to not let the negative energy bring you down. You simply block out the negativity and stay focused on the positive!
- Find Joy in the Small Things
Whether it is watching children play, eating chocolate cake, going on a walk in a park, take the time to appreciate the small things that make you happy and make life worth living for. Our society today has grown to be so fast paced, that many individuals begin to forget to enjoy the small things that can make us very happy. We have little happy moments all around us, it is just up to us to see them and enjoy them!