I am a 28 year old, high raw vegan, licensed social worker (MSW, LSW) healing from a "progressive" and "incurable" neurological disease, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS). Join me as I reflect, learn, grow, HEAL, and conquer. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/happyhealing44, friend me on facebook: facebook.com/prefontaine44, or
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My Personal Top Tips for Happiness in Illness Continued...
Hello, friends! Here are my next few tips for happiness in illness. Remember, I am writing these from personal experience, so these are all lessons I have had to learn (or am still learning) myself.
6. Be in Awe: With the hustle and bustle of today’s world, we tend to forget to stop and smell the proverbial and real roses. Take a moment to allow yourself to be in awe of the wonders of the world and that divine intelligence that helps those ordinary miracles unfold. Watch a bee hop from flower to flower doing its part for Mother Nature. Feel the electricity of the beating of your own heart. Notice the growing of your own nails. This stuff is neat!
7. Be Mindful: Allow yourself to stay in the present moment, which is always a struggle. The past is over and the future doesn’t exist, so engage fully in the present moment and accept yourself just as you are.
8. Engage in Life: When we don’t feel well, our first instinct is to stay in, rest, and isolate, especially when the illness we face is debilitating. Be honest and check in with yourself. Am I isolating because I REALLY need to rest, or am I isolating because I am feeling sad, frustrated, hopeless, etc…? We are spiritual beings, and when every material thing is this world fades, all we will have left is love. Share love and receive love. It is some of the best medicine and the greatest gift.
**If you feel you may be depressed, reach out for help. There is hope.**
9. Be a Child: Look at any small child before society has forced its belief systems upon him/her. The child, if from a loving family, does not have a care in the world and only lives for the pleasures of the present moment. The child does not need to control every single detail of his/her life, does not judge, desires to spread love, and always has FUN. You will not sacrifice your maturity by taking some notes from a child. Engage is some hurt your face, belly laughter, play tag, go through a coloring book, get your finger paint on, etc...