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Have you been considering IV antibiotics for Lyme treatment? Listen in as Genevieve Goetz shares her story of how they're helping her get her life back! | The Wellness Crossing: www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

How Genevieve is Finally Healing from Lyme

When I first was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I was overwhelmed with two strong realities.

The first? The vast range of treatment options. Seriously. So many.

And the second: relief that at least I had a new direction for healing.

The tension so many of us feel upon diagnosis is real and can at times weigh heavy. Because, let’s be honest okay? There are, what feels like, a gazillion different directions we can go with treatment.

And, for a lot of us, the thought of hearing one more opinion from someone on which step we should take next can push us over the edge of sanity. (No? Just me?)

We navigate thoughts of “am I making the right decision on treatment for myself?” and “How long until I’m officially feeling better?” To top it all off, we inevitably become human guinea pigs in the quest of “what’s the right treatment path FOR ME?”

It’s different for all of us, right? Whether you’re treating Lyme or treating another illness, often times what worked marvelously for someone else may not do a single thing for me. Or even more frustrating, it might be the thing that pushes our body too far.

That unknown takes a lot of bravery to travel across. But something that helps? Hearing the stories of others who have gone before us.

Rising above fear.

Today my friend Genevieve is sharing her story for this very reason. To help others who are endeavoring to heal from Lyme and have been considering IV therapies.

Genevieve’s bravery in rising above her fears struck me as we chatted in this episode of The Wellness Crossing. As I heard her share her journey through treatments and what led her to giving IV meds a chance, I heard the heartbeat of so many others who are reaching for wellness.

It’s that common thread of strength pulsing through our veins, to not give up. To challenge our fears. And to reach for healing of body, mind and spirit.

It’s the belief that we are more than illness. That we are defined not by our struggles, but by the way we live and love in spite of them.

Listen in…

We’d absolutely LOVE to have you join us for this chat and hear from you in the comments! Click below to listen to the episode now or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play!

 

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Antibiotics can be a hot button when talking about treating Lyme disease. But today Genevieve is sharing her story of how they've been a game changer in her own story of healing. Click here for more of her story! www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

Genevieve lives in upstate NY with her fiancé and two cats. She has been chronically ill for years and recently had successful treatments for Lyme Disease and other co-infections. After a long time, neurological, muscular, and mental symptoms are much better and real healing has begun. The CDC disputes that Chronic Lyme exists, and that IV treatments are dangerous and unhelpful. Every Lyme patient is different but this has saved her life. When Genevieve isn’t fighting Lyme 24/7, she loves to write, she has been published by numerous blogs and sites like The Mighty. When she can, she likes to practice yin/restorative yoga, garden, and read.

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What treatment has been the most beneficial in your own healing from Lyme? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Antibiotics can be a hot button when talking about treating Lyme disease. But today Genevieve is sharing her story of how they've been a game changer in her own story of healing. Click here for more of her story! www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

Healing from Lyme is a complex journey for many who are diagnosed. It can be incredibly confusing trying to navigate the unending list of treatment options and find what's best for YOU. But sometimes how we get there is through listening to others' stories and learning to trust our instincts. Today Genevieve Goetz is unpacking what it's looked like for her to face her fears and give IV antibiotics a chance. And you don't want to miss how her story is changing! Click to tune in. :) www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

When you're treating a chronic illness it can feel overwhelming narrowing down treatment options. What worked for one person may not have worked for you, or vice versa...so where do you begin? Today Genevieve is sharing her story of moving past fear to explore a new treatment option for herself. And how it's helping her start to get her life back. Click to listen in to this episode of The Wellness Crossing: www.livinggraceblog.com/podcast

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Think you don't have time for self-care? Listen in as Jen Wille shares why she thinks we ALL have the time and how to create your own self-care practice that works for YOU. Click to tune in!

How to Cultivate Self-Love & Prioritize Self-Care

When you think of self-care, what things come to mind?

Is it taking a bubble bath? Getting a massage? Or having that elusive spa day?

Or perhaps it’s a yearly trip you look forward to. Maybe you find that the same bit of beach you visit each year gives your inner battery a recharge.

And what about self-love? How do you feel about you?

Do you look in the mirror and critique every line, freckle, and curve? Are you happy with the person you are today? Do you feel you’re worth the effort of learning to love yourself better?

Today on the podcast I’m chatting with Jen Wille, a Life Coach dedicated to helping women deepen their self-love and develop their self-care practice. She’s unpacking her story of growing up in foster care, recovering from an eating disorder, and how she found herself leaving one career to pursue her passion for helping others in a more intimate way.

You won’t want to miss her practical tips for developing your own self-care practice, even if you don’t think you have the time! Jen believes we ALL can find a self-care routine that works for us and refills our tank daily.

So sit back and tune in to this heart-to-heart with Jen. And I’ll warn you: her down-to-earth, inviting presence will probably make you feel like you wish you were having coffee with her. So you might as well go ahead and pour yourself a cup before getting comfy and joining us below. 😉

Listen to today’s episode:

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Connect with Jen…

Jen Wille is a Certified Professional Life Coach, educator, and speaker based in Chicago. She helps women take care of themselves so they can take care of business while helping them create intentional, peaceful daily rhythms for their lives. She has been featured in publications like Blog Society, Create & Cultivate, and Inspired Coach Magazine. To connect with Jen, learn more about her, or grab her FREE Daily Routine Workbook, you can check her out at jenwille.com/home.

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Have skincare issues been a part of your life? Tune in to hear Barbara Jackson's story and how she's helping women take back the reigns to their skin! Click to listen.

Clearing Acne & Learning to Love YOU

My first acne breakout didn’t come until I was 27. It only lasted a few weeks and hit me near the beginning of my health crash. In the end it seemed to be a reaction to something. And with all that was going on in my sick body, the sky’s the limit as to what.

Anyway, I remember what it felt like. I remember feeling SO UNCOMFORTABLE in my own skin.

“Is that other lady in the doctor’s office staring at me because of my skin?”

“That kid is pointing. Great. I bet I know what he’s pointing at.”

Thoughts are delightful, aren’t they?

And while I most definitely wanted it gone, I hadn’t the faintest idea of how to get rid of it.

I tried over-the-counter creams. Medicated products. Read articles. I hadn’t yet stepped into the world of natural medicine or I would have searched their resources and tips, too!

It was a short-lived experience, but we were scheduled to travel to Colorado for a family trip and we’d be snapping a family photo. And I felt zero enthusiasm. (My story for the last few years, but that’s for another time).

I was caking the makeup on everyday, just trying to feel like at least one part of me could feel “normal”. But I knew up close it was noticeable. It had spread to my chest and the top of my back and I felt gross. Embarrassed. And I wanted to hide.

I didn’t. Hide, that is. I snapped the pic and you really can’t tell with the amount of makeup I’m wearing. But I walked away from the several week experience with so much compassion for those who’ve dealt with long-term issues with acne.

Today I’m chatting with one of the sweetest souls about her own journey with acne. Barbara Jackson is an Esthetician and Acne Specialist whose passion for skincare was born out of her own story.

From battling with self-esteem to learning tools and lifestyle changes that impacted her skin in a positive way, Barbara is a wealth of information. And her down-to-earth approach will win you over in a heartbeat!

Tune in to hear her heart for other women as well as pick up some skincare tips to get you started on your own skin-clearing journey!

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Have you dealt with skincare issues? What are some of the tools or products that have been game changers for you?? I’d love to hear!

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Tune in to learn a few tips you can incorporate that will help you as you craft the perfect skincare routine for YOU.

Barbara Jackson understands how acne can affect a woman's self-esteem. With how busy our lives get it can be easy to put our skincare last, but Barbara's on a mission to help empower you with skincare tools you can incorporate into your everyday! Click to listen to this episode of The Wellness Crossing.

Today I'm hanging out with Barbara Jackson, an Esthetician and Acne Specialist who is such a sweet soul. She's talking all about her journey with skincare, from the effects it had to her self-esteem as a teenager to discovering how empowering lifestyle changes could be on her skin. And she wants to help you, too! Click to listen in.

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What's it like being diagnosed with Painful Bladder Syndrome (Or IC) when you're much younger than the average patient? What alternative treatments are out there? Join me on the Wellness Crossing to hear Stephanie Mora's story of inspiration and bravery. Click here to listen!

Living with IC & Thinking Outside of the Box for Treatment

You never know what random connections or interactions will ignite an unexpected friendship do ya? I am living proof of that.

Some of the friends in my life have come from meeting in college, my small hometown connections, or church gatherings. But there’s been this growing group of friends that I’ve connected with in the land of the internet. Where many of the bonds have been formed from behind screens, but with much heart.

And today’s podcast guest is one of those beautiful souls.

A couple of years ago I’d entered a beauty giveaway Stephanie Mora was holding on her blog, Stephie Estie. And somehow the stars aligned and I WON! (I’m pretty sure it was the first time I’d won a blog giveaway. And this girl was wide eyed and giddy.)

But anywho, since that giveaway Stephanie and I have become dear friends. Over the last two years we’ve bonded over blogging and navigating our lives with chronic illness. And I’ve love how we encourage each other on our paths to living our best life in spite of symptoms.

Today I’m just so incredibly happy and honored to have her sharing her story on the podcast! She’s talking all about what it’s been like to be one of the young ones living with Interstitial Cystitis, her journey to diagnosis, and the unexpected form of treatment she began earlier this year.

This is the kind of chat I believe reminds us of our own humanity. How unnerving it can be to search for a diagnosis when you’re certain something isn’t quite right in your body. The lengthy process that is learning more about your specific condition. And finding treatment, hope and community to help you along the way.

Grab your favorite drink my friends and join Steph and I on the Wellness Crossing couch! To listen, simply hit PLAY below or find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play!

 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Interstitial Cystitis Solution: A Holistic Plan for Healing Painful Symptoms, Resolving Bladder and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Taking Back Your Life (<—-affiliate link)

More about Stephanie…

Stephanie Mora is a southern California girl who fancies herself a Nancy Drew of skincare with a generous dose of compassion sprinkled in.  She was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis at the age of 20, which altered and helped shape her path later in life.  After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she decided to pursue her passion in skincare and became a licensed esthetician.  Fusing her love for both writing and beauty, she created her blog, Stephie Estie, where she writes about makeup, skincare, health and cosmetic chemistry.  

She is also now a proud owner of her own skincare practice in Hermosa Beach.  As someone who deals with chronic illness, Stephanie knows the importance of taking time to decompress from life’s daily demands and strives to bring a calming essence to her clients.  When she’s not working, you’ll find her reading, kickboxing, taking as many dance classes as she can and adding to her ever expanding lipstick collection.
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Stephanie Mora: Thinking Outside the Box with Interstitial Cystitis Treatment

Living with interstitial cystitis at the young age of 30 undoubtedly has its challenges, but if you listen in to hear Stephanie's heart you are sure to leave inspired to rise above whatever circumstances you're facing. Join me to hear her story on the Wellness Crossing! Just click to listen.

Learn how an unexpected treatment is giving my friend Stephanie hope in her healing journey with interstitial cystitis (also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome). She's not about to let a diagnosis keep her from living her best life possible and her strength is something to aspire for! Click to tune in to this episode of the Wellness Crossing.

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In a world where the ill often are overlooked or feel invisible, it's so important that we learn to honor our true self. Kat & I are chatting on the podcast about what that looks like for us as we transition from illness to wellness. Click to listen in!

Honoring our True Self & Transitioning from Illness to Wellness

In these last few months of seeing my health begin to improve, I’ve found myself in unfamiliar territory. Much like there’s no road map for how to navigate the life of chronic illness, there’s most definitely not one for how to transition from illness to wellness.

So I’m often testing boundaries as I try and figure out how far this healing body can really take me. And while not every attempt has gone well, I am grateful for the courage it takes to both reach outside of my comfort zone and learn to rest.

But I’m also struggling with all kinds of emotions. Over how good it feels to enjoy more of life outside the home. And the tensions I can feel between embracing newfound healing and hurting for those I love deeply, still waiting for their own healing strides.

I’ve wrestled with the questions of “what next”. What to do with this blog, my creative passion, and my desire to help others on their healing journey. And now that wellness is entering the picture more and more, the more I wonder what the best next thing is.

For now, I’m giving myself plenty of room to process, explore, dream and create. While also making sure I emphasize healing every step of the way. Today’s podcast episode is of me doing that with one of the sweetest souls, Kat Woods.

Kat and I connected on Instagram in the last couple of years and have been healing from the same health challenge (#lyme). This was the first time we’ve spoken with each other off the screen and squares of Insta and we both agreed it was JUST the conversation we both needed.

Kat is a trained chef, an indie-cartoonist, and an all-around vibrant being. She began the blog, Hope Heal Cook, and has been inspiring and encouraging others with her beautiful nourishing meals. The way she has labored in love for her body’s nutrition is absolutely amazing. Just check out her feed and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve learned more about produce from her than anywhere else! Particularly how many fruits and veggies I didn’t know existed. 😉

Pull up a chair (or headphones) as we chat all about our individual journeys through healing. We’re unpacking how we’re learning to transition into a new “normal” and how Kat supports her body through diet.

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Show Notes:

Be sure to check out Kat’s book “The AIP Instant Pot Cookbook“!

Find Kat on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Follow along and connect through the Hope Heal Collective Instagram feed!

 

How to support and honor your true self? Leave a note in the comments! I love hearing & learning from you!

 

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Kat Woods on the Wellness Crossing: Honoring our True Self and the unknown territory of transitioning from illness to wellness. Click to listen!

What does it look like to honor our true self while healing? Join Kat Woods and I on the podcast as we chat all about transitioning into wellness, how we are embracing our full selves and more! Click to tune in :)There's not a road map for figuring out how to transition back into wellness when you've been healing from a chronic illness. Today on The Wellness Crossing Podcast Kat Woods and I are chatting about our recent journeys of entering back into a new "norm" and what it looks like to honor our true selves in the process. Click to listen to the episode!

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In this episode of The Wellness Crossing, Kamilah Howard is opening up about what it was like being diagnosed with gluten intolerance and how she's learning to create a diet she actually enjoys! Click to listen in.

Gluten Intolerance and Finding a Diet You Enjoy: A Podcast Episode with Kamilah Howard

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with a condition of any kind, do you remember that moment? I’d take a guess that not only do you remember where you were, but you can likely remember the emotions that swelled up inside.

Perhaps you can even remember the thoughts you had, rather of relief or of fear. Maybe even the smell of the room, what you ate after your appointment.

For many of us, that moment can be defining. Sometimes it’s soothing to have an answer, but in some – even many – cases, the words attached to a diagnosis can send us into a tailspin.

But at the end of the day, we get to choose what we do with what we’ve been given. Yes, we process the natural emotions that arise, but then what? How do we find a way to move forward with action steps, heart and intention?

Today on The Wellness Crossing, I’m chatting with Kamilah Howard from Anchored in Health, who I’d be happy to have as a neighbor any day of the week!

She is an incredibly lovely health and wellness blogger living in Washington, DC. with a master of science in health communication. Today she’s talking about what it’s like navigating a diagnosis of gluten intolerance and how she’s learning to channel her energy into exploring new foods. And creating a diet that’s not only right for her, but that she enjoys.

Her love for finding ways to improve her overall health and wellness is contagious. And I’m really excited that we get to listen in and learn from her today!

Tune in as she shares nuggets of wisdom for learning how to support your body with a diet tailored to YOU!

You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!

Resources mentioned in today’s episode:

Michael Pollan’s books – http://michaelpollan.com/  and Netflix documentaries – In Defense of Food, Cooked

Intuitive Eating book (<—- affiliate link)

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Finding a diet you enjoy after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance may not be an easy task, but it's one that Kamilah Howard has been determined to pursue. Her love for exploring new foods is contagious! Listen in and be inspired by her nuggets of wisdom for navigating gluten intolerance.

Anyone else find themselves overwhelmed by changing their diet after diagnosis? Listen is as Kamilah and I talk all about finding a diet you can enjoy, that works for YOU.

Kamilah Howard is unpacking how she's been creating a diet she enjoys after receiving a diagnosis of gluten intolerance. She's sharing the struggles that come with the territory and how she's putting her effort into exploring new foods and finding new things she loves to eat! Click to listen in and be inspired that you, too, can create a diet that's right for YOU.

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Learn more about neuroplasticity and the way it can help you reclaim your health. I'm sharing a few of the tools I've been learning to implement and how they can make an impact for you, too! Click to listen in!

The Wellness Crossing: NEW Podcast launch!

I’ve been planning and dreaming about launching a new podcast for a couple of months now. And today, I’m excited to say: it’s happening. Or rather, it’s HAPPENED!

Introducing: The Wellness Crossing Podcast.

(Cue radio announcer voice: now available on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!)

This podcast is designed to be a space where we can talk all things healing. A space to feel empowered and inspired to be our best advocate when it comes to wellness. As well as learn about new approaches to treatment, alternative therapies, and even the role the brain and energy plays into our health.

Each week we’ll dive into a new conversation related to wellness, healing or inspiration for rising above the challenges or hangups we may be facing. And I’ll be inviting various guests on to lend their insight and tools for how they pursue and prioritize healing.

Which brings us to today and the very first episode!

So if you’ve been following along here on the blog, you may have hear about the new treatment program I’ve been following. Now, it’s not a traditional treatment, in that it’s entirely done from home. And the responsibility lies entirely on the patient to implement.

Now, most treatments have at least some, if not a large reliance on the patience doing their part. But this treatment approach puts the full control on the one doing it because it involves retraining one’s neural pathways.

Weirded out yet? Stick with me….

The techniques center around the research of neuroplasticity, which basically means that “the brain can change itself.” Each technique and daily practice that you follow is designed to help you do just that.

And I’m living proof that it does, in fact, make a difference. Because quite literally, it’s been giving me back my life after years of living with a debilitating chronic illness.

So in this first episode of my new podcast launch, I’m sharing more about my experience with the Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS). I’m unpacking how I went from total skeptic to setting up camp in the land of Neuro Plastic City.

Healing is a journey that has been far from linear for me, but as I’ve seen huge shifts begin to unfold in my health I feel compelled to share what I’m learning. And it’s my hope that it helps support you on your own exploration of how to tap into the brain’s ability to heal.

So listen in to hear the whole story and learn how YOU can start to learn and implement neuroplasticity tools into your everyday, too!

 

Resources to check out:

(The following list includes affiliate links.)

Books by:

Norman Doidge
Joe Dispenza
Bruce Lipton

Neuroplasticity Tools:
Dynamic Neural Retraining System / DNRS
Brain Vibes – a FREE resource on my blog!

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Learn what it means to "retrain the brain" and how it's been helping me heal from chronic illness! Listen in as I share some of the tools I personally have been using to reclaim my health and how you can begin to implement them, too. Click to listen in!Implementing tools based in neuroplasticity has quite literally been changing my life. After years of living with chronic illness, I've been reclaiming my health and living a fuller life! Join me on the podcast as I share more of my journey and some resources for you to explore. Click here to listen.

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Student in Self Care: How My Perspective is Changing | It's easy to lump self care off into the corner of pampering ourselves. But it's SO much more than that. But how to you prioritize self care in sickness? Here's a look at how I'm learning to find balance in Lyme disease.

Student in Self Care: How My Perspective is Changing

As my eyes opened I remembered what day it was. Today a friend was visiting. And so the pep talk began…

“Conserve your energy, Kami. We don’t need to crash before she gets here.”

This particular day it was one of the hard mornings. Each day when I wake up there’s a level of this hit-by-a-truck feeling, but today the dial was turned up.

Some days I listen to my body well. Others I push it far beyond what I should. And this body? It gets cranky. In a big way. I’m then glued to the couch for hours or days, pain levels through the roof, and what little energy I had is gone. On those days, simply standing up from the couch can put me into tears.

Self care was hard for me long before I got sick. I was a busybody with a near-constant full plate. Sickness has merely highlighted the fact that I deeply struggle with resting, refilling, and fighting off the pressure to be constantly doing something. It’s challenged me to prioritize and appreciate the value of taking care of myself.

Emotionally. Spiritually. Physically.

And I’m still very much a student in this area.

This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Self Care encompasses a variety of tasks and routine that help support whole body health. It takes time to find a balance, and when you're sick there are very clear struggles that present themselves. Here's how I'm learning to find balance!

Fighting chronic Lyme disease has pushed me to find tools for supporting myself that I can use even on my hardest days. But sometimes? I ignore even the most effective tools. Because self care doesn’t come easy for me. And I’m guessing it might not come easy for you either.

I’ve seen people translate or focus on self care as “pampering”, but it’s become so much more to me. Don’t get me wrong – there is a lot to be said for all the feel-goods that come with a fresh new do. To me, that can feel like a mini vacation and is definitely an aspect of self care!

But what I’ve been learning is that my self care has to involve a wide variety of tasks and outlets. To refill ALL of me. Giving my body, mind and soul the healing, support and rejuvenation they need.

I have to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the messages they send me, know my limits, and do my best to listen. But when you’re sick? You better believe this has an extra layer of hard to it.

Physical Self Care

If I have a day where I am feeling even the tiniest amount of relief from pain and symptoms, I can read that message and respond with a loud “LET’S CONQUER THE WORLD.” So instead of always seeing it as a sign that I may have listened well the day before, I take it as an opportunity to get stuff done. And not always in proportion to my energy…

Good self care takes care of the WHOLE you. Body, mind, and soul. In chronic illness our bodies need it more than ever. Here are some of the ways I'm learning to care for myself as I fight disease.

Needless to say, this is one area that has been complicated to learn. Yet, I’ve accepted this truth: that my physical self care is multi-layered. And each layer is equally important.

There is my supplement and treatment schedule that I need to follow. Diet I need to stick to. A list of detox supplements and therapy to fit into my day. I need lots of rest. Even on the days I am feeling a little better.

My body is weak and working hard to fight off a constant attack. I have to remind myself of this even when I’m feeling “okay” (translation: “not as awful as usual, but still really sick”). I’m aiming to find a balance in this. Knowing when I can handle an extra push to enjoy something AND the aftermath, and when enough is enough.

Part of that looks like planning ahead. Such as having paleo-approved breakfasts ready in advance since my mornings are typically the hardest part of my day. Or setting alarms so I don’t miss a detox therapy or supplement dose. Anything that will help set me up for success and take stress off of my day.

Emotional Support

Beyond the physical effects illness brings, our emotions also take a pretty big toll. There is loss and grief to wade through. We might become frustrated with how often we disappoint others. Facing disbelief from doctors and others also weighs heavily on us.

One of the most healing things for me in this area has been connecting with others who understand this life. There is always something soothing about talking to someone about what you’re experiencing and them “getting it” on a whole different level.

What I'm learning about balancing self care in chronic illness. The good, the hard, the journey.

It’s also been a huge comfort to have found family and friends who support me and respect my limitations. That alone helps keep my stress down, not having to fear saying no to those who won’t make me feel guilty.

Spiritual Support

I feel that my outlets for spiritual self care have the ability of spilling their benefits into the physical and emotional realms quite easily. Sitting on a bench near a local lake, feeling a gentle breeze and taking in the view and sounds of nature can be soothing to the whole of me.

There’s physical comfort in a cool breeze, emotional comfort in the beauty, and spiritual comfort found in soaking it all in. This is now one of the primary ways I’ve felt connected to God.

The times my husband takes me for a drive through the southern Oregon hills or I sit out on my front lawn surrounded by the beautiful scenery is healing, even if for a moment. Because it’s free of energy-zapping distractions and full of life and beauty. The creativity and colors that surround those moments is like balm for the soul.

Self Care in Chronic Illness: How to find a balance when you're sick.

Finding a Balance

As I’ve struggled my way through these last few years of my illness taking a turn for the worst, I’ve been slowly working to find balance. And every time I make a step closer to that, each moment of relief or emotional healing I experience, I embrace it. It take work to unlearn something that has become deeply ingrained in us. It doesn’t happen overnight.

So that morning my friend was coming I made a choice. I gave myself only what I knew I could handle before she came. I bypassed picking up before she came, and focused on tasks I could do at the couch. Made sure to take a break or two to lie down.

I don’t have it all together in this department. But can I share something? Those times when you really do give yourself what your body, mind or spirit is telling you it needs: it’s healing. Maybe not in the “I’m cured” variety, but in a way of sustaining.

That’s what draws me back into the mindset of taking care of myself. Knowing that I’m giving myself just what it needs to survive.

And even, maybe, someday…to thrive.

 

What does your self care look like?

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