Short term happiness vs long term health

One of the biggest balancing acts that those with a chronic disease have to balance is short term happiness verses long term health. There are lots of activities I want to participate in, but I know if I do it will make me feel horrible for the next few days, or even into the next week. But, I have a hard time with the idea of giving EVERYTHING up because of what it may do to my body, I don’t think I want to live like that.

So sometimes, even though I know I’ll pay for it later, I let it go and I go out and do something fun. It’s even usually worth it! The key is to find the right balance, which I am constantly trying to do, but I’m guessing will take me years of practice.

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2 thoughts on “Short term happiness vs long term health

  1. HI! I think you're right. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a total state of "re-balancing". I know what I should do, but then I'm not really living. So like you, I make my choices, usually carefully. Sometimes, especially around holidays, the balance for me is totally out of whack, and as much as I enjoy it, I look forward to January when it begins to slow down. Nice post!

  2. I so agree but had not thought of it in these terms – Short term happiness vs long term health – but it is a major factor. Sometimes I find myself going 'hang it all I am just going to go' knowing I'll be in pain for 3 days but on the other hand I have definately learnt to say no and also pace myself. Great post – thanks.

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