My Flare Up Essentials
The weather is getting colder, and that means a lot more warm coffee and more pain. For those of you who don’t know, pain heightens for a lot of chronic illness patients when the weather gets colder due to barometric pressure and other reasons that simply suck but I don’t quite know what they are. That being said, I wanted to list what I usually do on bad pain days, especially since brushing my teeth and putting my hair up has been more painful than usual.
1. I watch shows I enjoy on Netflix
Even though I have a lot of school work, I like to make time to just sit in bed and watch some Netflix. If I am going to feel awful, might as well feel awful in a blanket while watching Grey’s Anatomy.
2. I drink a lot of water
Drinking water is not only necessary, but it also makes me feel like I’m doing something right. Oftentimes, when I have bad pain days, I start to blame myself for my problems, so being diligent about one aspect of my health makes me feel better about myself
3. I call my friends and complain
Sometimes, we just have to vent. Living in pain is hard and it’s okay to talk about it. I don’t recommend calling one friend three times a day to complain(I have done this before...oops), but it’s okay to talk to people when you feel low.
4. Eat snacks
I tend to treat myself with Funyuns when I am having a bad day. Sometimes I end up eating too much but oh well :)
5. Write about it
Writing always helps me, so I definitely recommend journaling. Let out all those emotions and let yourself feel all the hard emotions that come with chronic illness.
I hope these five simple tips resonate with you. I apologize for not being able to write a longer blog this week, my health has not been the greatest and I have been busy with school. I should be back to putting out my normal content next week :)