Living Well and Thriving With Chronic Conditions
Something that I’ve noticed is that many of the women I network with and coach, just like myself, have been diagnosed with some sort of chronic illness. This could be from past trauma, current stress affecting our health, things we’ve had to face since becoming a new mother..etc. and these conditions can massively affect our quality of life.
Living with chronic condition comes with its own set of unique challenges. Often, we don’t look ill on the outside and we can still manage to hold down a job and function among others. We have families and a social life which sometimes brings the challenge of honoring ourselves while also living up to the expectations and responsibilities of the world around us. So how can we continue to live well and thrive with these challenges?
- Maintaining Boundaries. Know your limits, know when to say no, know what’s beyond your current scope. Also know that boundaries change with our conditions and our conditions are rarely the same today as they were yesterday. it’s ok to change your boundaries and it’s ok if you agreed to something and now you need to make adjustments. Which leads me into point #2….
- Be honest with yourself and others. You don’t have to shout from the rooftops how you’re feeling (unless you want to) but you also don’t have to hide it. Be honest with where you are today. Don’t hold yourself to where you were yesterday.
- Drop the guilt. Honor where you are not where you wish you could be.
Over to you…
In the comments below, tell me one way you will manage and honor your boundaries this week. If you’ve got more, great, but I want to challenge you to at least one.