Getting through the bad days is not easy. Over time I’ve developed a few techniques to help me survive.
Listen to music- The type of music will depend on your mood. Sometimes I need rage music, sometimes girl power music, and sometimes I just want to listen to something beautiful and inspiring. When I’m feeling pensive Disturbed’s rendition of the Sound of Silence is my current go to.
Pop bubble wrap- I do not say this sarcastically (this needs to be said since almost everything that comes out of my mouth is sarcastic), bubble wrap is a great stress reliever. If you don’t have any, there is always virtual bubble wrap.
Fake amazon reviews– I recommend checking out the banana slicer or the BIC pens for her (my lady brain can’t handle man pens after all). There are some seriously funny people that spend a lot of time on amazon, and it’s all for our entertainment and edification.
Swear world adult coloring books- If you’ve ever found coloring to be soothing, I promise that this is even better. It does wonders for my rage.
Hilarious TV shows- Laughter is definitely the best medicine. When I was recovering from gall bladder surgery I re-watched an embarrassing amount of The Office. I had to keep pressing a pillow against my abdomen because it hurt to laugh.
Less serious suggestions, but still 100% tried and true
Sarcasm– Because it’s awesome and my #1 coping mechanism. By definition it means “the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.” I have a lot of contempt towards my illness, so it just seems appropriate.
Remember that if Brittany Spears can make it through 2007, you can make it through the day
Voodoo– According to google there are spells for chronic pain. I haven’t tried them yet, but I spend my free time contemplating the idea and I find it very distracting.
Prioritizing your selfish desires– You are after all extremely selfish because you have a chronic illness. You’re always inconveniencing people with your ridiculous needs. Why not embrace that selfishness and practice some self care? (This is both a serious and sarcastic suggestion, I’ll leave you to figure out which is which).
Just think about something else, it’s super easy- For example, I’ve been trying to distract myself by writing this blog post. I’m not succeeding very well and I can’t even blame my kids because they are quietly reading books. So far I have interrupted myself about 15 times because my brain can’t focus on anything for more than two seconds thanks to the pain and fatigue. But really, it’s super easy to focus. Just do it.
BONUS TIP: Take a trip to the dentist. All of a sudden your regular life will look a lot brighter. You will appreciate every day that you don’t have to go to the dentist.