Having a chronic illness not only abuses your body, but really slows you down in all aspects. You are constantly hurting and dragging your feet to get things done in your life. The world runs on goals. Whether your goal is to accomplish a marathon, or for some people their goal is to just get out of bed and go to work. Goals are a great way to push yourself and reach a high expectation. It is common to set goals for yourself when starting the New Year to push for a better you. Here is a list of ideas for New Year’s resolutions suitable for the chronically ill.
- Eating a healthier diet and adding more nutrients – food is medicine.
- Find ways you can help give back to others. (Charities, soup kitchen, $ donations, etc..)
- Enjoying the little things in life more, after a chronic illness you know the little things are important.
- Focus on you, working on your health and finding a new normal life with your illness.
- Don’t make unattainable goals.
- Do more things that make you happy.
- Figuring out your new limits with your illness of what you can or can’t do.
- Focus on the people who have always been there for you through dark times.
- Cut out soda and junk food.
- Treat yourself every once in a while, you deserve it after all you’ve been through.
- Have more patience.
- Do light exercise and stretching (To keep those joints loose and not stiff.) *Discuss with Dr*
- Learning how to manage your illness.
- Drink more water.
- Use tools to stay more organized with doctors appointments. Be more in charge of appointment. (Use a calendar, create a symptoms book, and have a list of medications ready for your visit.)
- Focus on getting more sleep. Your body can’t heal without sleep.
- Stress less and find ways to relieve stress (yoga, meditation, massage…etc)
- Working on accepting your illness.
- When with love ones, friends, or company put away your phone, be in the now.
- Make more memories that are unforgettable, live life to the fullest.
It is common to set goals for yourself when starting the New Year to push yourself to become a better and stronger person. With a chronic illness it’s important to set goals for yourself to accomplish tasks and feel proud of yourself for completing them. In the New Year strive to spread love, stay strong, and remain positive! ❤
Cheers to a Healthy and Happy New Year! ❤
*DISCLAIMER* this blog is not here to treat or diagnose. Please don’t go against your doctor’s orders. Follow your doctor’s plan. These are just tips to hopefully help you reach your goals!