Ah, spoonie life. Some days you just feel like crap. There isn’t much you feel up to doing, or much you care to do. Chronic illness is that way – it can take it all out of you. I have several chronic health conditions and the things that slow me down the most are the never ending fatigue and migraines.
These things are different than bad day tips. I want to share with you all actual things, not actions or behaviors, that help me when I’m having a hard time handling the pain of chronic illness.
My feel better tools:
Vaporub – Sometimes it helps with my migraines. I’ve always found the smell comforting.
Peppermint oil – I love it for the same reasons as vaporub.
Music – Classical or instrumental, not words. I don’t want to hear anyone talking… or singing when I feel bad.
Headphones – See above! For the music and sometimes I just put them on so people won’t talk to me.
Earplugs – For when I don’t want headphones for music and I want to go cordless, or really go to sleep.
Caffeine – Any way I can get it! I’m a firm believer in the healing powers of caffeine.
A hot bath – Sometimes I can’t handle them. Because of my MS they often make me dizzy and set off a heat reaction, which in turn, causes me more pain. But when a bath works, there’s nothing better!
Soft clothes – Especially after a work day and that horrible uniform that causes me skin sensitivity and is black polyester for goodness sakes! When I feel bad, I just can’t have my clothes hurting me.
There’s a list of some of the things in my feelings better tool kit. Tell me about yours, and stay strong, my spoonie friends!
Ellie is a 45-year-old woman living in South Carolina. She works as a cashier, but is always dreaming of more — she’s just not always sure of what “more” is. Her favorite hobbies are reading and reading book reviews. Within the first few minutes of meeting her, you’ll realize her nephews, niece, books and cats are her favorite things.
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