It can be difficult to feel grateful when you live with chronic illness. Sickness, fatigue and fear can make it easy to become more resentful and less grateful. It is important to find things in life to be grateful for, in spite of living with chronic illness. It may take practice but you can discover an attitude of gratitude that will change even the worst of days.
4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude:
- Don’t just look at the obvious things. It is only human nature to look for the most obvious things to be grateful for. It is easy to be grateful for shelter when you have a home, for food when the pantry is full or for money when the bills are paid. Dig deeper than the obvious things to find where true Gratitude comes.
- Don’t forget about your support system. It is way too easy to take the people around you for granted. Make a list of the people that support you and list why they are special to you. Then do something to show them how grateful you are for their support.
- Stop comparing your life with other people! Absolutely nothing can bring down your attitude quicker than comparing your life with other people. Just because someone has a life that looks perfect doesn’t mean that it is. Remember that you wear a mask to hide your bad days…most people do. Be grateful for your life with all of its ups, downs and bumps in the road.
- Make a list of 3 things you are grateful for and why. Put your thoughts and feelings into action by first writing it down. This is a fantastic way to have a grateful heart.
These 4 things are just to get you started! Being grateful inspite of the difficult times isn’t easy to do. But doing so is very important to your mental health and your general well being.
3 Things I am Grateful For:
- My husband! He is my biggest supporter, my main caretaker and my comic relief. No day is too bad when he is around. He knows how to make me smile even if I don’t want to.
- My Doctor! He listens and treats me with respect. He has never quit trying to find ways that help me and he is an “out if the box” thinker!
- My Dark Room! Yes, I get tired of this room but it is the most important tool that I have when having a bad Hemiplegic Migraine episode. If I am not able to get to this safe haven the pain is much worse and I get sicker than normal.
The next time you have a bad day, try to be more grateful and see if it helps. It might not be the complete answer but it just might help enough to keep you from feeling stuck in the bad day!
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