Thursday, April 15, 2010
My Personal Top Tips for Happiness in Illness Continued... Part IV
Hi, everyone! Here are more tips on how to live a happy life with a chronic illness/disability. Don't forget to read Parts I, II, and III! I would love to write a book someday soon about my "illness evolution" and the incredible spiritual awakenings I have been having. I am putting it out into the universe!
13. Read: I have found that reading self-help/spiritual/alternative medicine books has been a great supplement to my past and present therapeutic experiences. While you read, take what concepts appeal to you and integrate them into your belief system. I have had fun reading approximately thirty books outside of the texts necessary for my Master’s program in the last year, and they have been an integral piece of my healing. The same books that appeal to me may not appeal to you, so explore a little.
14. Meditate/Pray: Quieting the mind is one of the most difficult practices I have come across in my illness evolution, but when you do, you tap into your core self and your higher power. Take time to slow your breathing and your mind. “As within, so without.”
15. REST: Over its development, our society has decided that if you aren’t constantly achieving in the specific ways that society deems admirable, you aren’t a worthwhile human being. This is not true! Rebel! Decide to take care of yourself, to go outside of the box and REST. Find that balance between work and play because, if you don’t, your body will force you to later on.