If you live with a chronic illness, you’ll know that you have ‘good’/not quite as bad days and bad days. On the bad days there’s nothing that offers relief to the multitude of symptoms you suffer with but there are the things that can help make those days a little brighter. Below are the things I have in my ‘bad day toolkit’ to help…
I can’t get enough of Hannah Maggs & her husband Steff’s weekly vlogs. I have only recently discovered them so I’ve been catching up on all of their old vlogs. They have a little baby called Grayson who is the cutest baby in the world and watching him always makes me smile Their vlogs document their daily lives in such a beautiful way – the shots and editing are out of this world. I am blown away each week as they keep getting better and better! These videos allow me to step into someone else’s shoes for their duration, and experience things I am unable to experience at the moment, like going to the park, or visiting family! It’s lovely!
Cups of tea
I’ve never liked tea, but a couple of weeks ago someone recommended I try Pukka Three Ginger Tea as ginger is great for relieving inflammation and pain and for combatting nausea. Both which I suffer from. I really really liked it, and now I have at least two cups a day! Always with a big dollop of manuka honey in to add some sweetness. There’s something very comforting about a big mug of tea!!
I’ve been listening to Rhodes a lot on bad days. Their music is incredibly relaxing and uplifting!
Sometimes on really bad days I get upset and anxious as it all gets too much. Mindfulness meditation helps me a lot when that happens – it gives me with a much needed coping mechanism, and gives my body the opportunity to rest and recharge. If you’re interested to learn more, check out my post on how mindfulness has helped me cope with chronic illness related anxiety.
My favourite TV programmes
I’m not ashamed to say I am pretty addicted to Made In Chelsea, it never fails to entertain me!! I don’t actually like any of the characters apart from Lucy Watson, but I love watching their overindulged lives unfold. I’m also a big Hollyoaks fan and save the episodes up to watch back-to-back on bad days.
Talking to others spoonies/chronic illness sufferers
Since being ill, I have met (virtually) some amazing people in the similar situations to me. It is such a comfort knowing I am not alone and that there are people out there that completely understand. If I’m struggling I often make contact with other spoonies to ask questions and seek reassurance. We have a lovely little community on twitter/Instagram that I don’t know what I’d do without now
You can’t beat a bit of retail therapy to make you feel better?! As I can’t go shopping, I love browsing all of the high street shops online from my bed! I particularly like ZARA, H&M and Holland & Barrett (to get all of my healthy foodie bits).
Write a Gratitude list
I try and focus on the good things in my life when I’m having a bad day, e.g. my family, friends and boyfriend. Gratitude practice can be revolutionary and shift your whole way of thinking. I write down three things I am grateful for on that day such as sunshine, candles and my comfy bed.
Blankets, hot water bottles & snuggley PJs
When I’m feeling really poorly, I love getting snuggled up with a blanket or cosy pyjamas. The pic below is of my new fluffy bear jumper from Primark, how cute is it?! I also have to have hot water bottles on my back and hips to ease the pain.
I really hope this has given you some ideas of things you could use to make those particularly tough days just a little bit more bearable. What helps you when you’re having a bad day??