I have been ill for a bit now and am way behind in my challenge, even this has depressed me. However, I strongly believe that I should complete what I have started and am doing such now although I don’t feel like writing a thing.
Day 23: What do you say to yourself when you need a pep talk?
I am an advocate of self-talk. I firmly believe its what we whisper to ourselves or the scripts that we constantly play in our minds that determine our actions and our outcomes. Why? This is what we believe and it plays out in every aspect of our lives.
When I need, a pep talk I tell myself a few things:
- God’s got this, no need to worry.
- Serenity- accept what you can’t change, change what you can, know the difference.
- This too shall pass.
- It won’t always be this bad.
- You can get through this.
- You are stronger than you think.
- Look how you handled ……This is no different.
- You can do today, one minute at a time, one step in front the other.
- There are lessons to be learnt, learn them.
- Share with others what’s happening now, it will strengthen you all.
Day 24: How have you managed to juggle your social life through your illness?
I am not your regular social butterfly. I was never one to be out and about every weekend or any such thing. I have always spent most my time at home or at least with family. Most my social activity came from church, although I do enjoy plays, recitals, dance productions and a good dinner outing.
I have become more a home body because of illness. So even the activities I did previously I don’t do anymore. I stopped driving at night, a while back, unless necessary. I found that the Pelvic Congestion Syndrome brought so much fatigue and heaviness as the day progressed that by night time I was just too tired to focus on the roads as I should. Many times, I am sure that angels took the wheel from me and drove me home. I was just exhausted and not alert. I remember one night, I arrived home and parked the car and could not remember driving or which road I had travelled. After that I decided it was foolhardy to continue driving, especially at night.
If I have an event now, I will rest as much as possible before. This brings no guarantees of my ability to attend or stay through the end of the event. That’s just how life is.
So, social life……………I don’t really have any.
Day 25: Name 5 Activities that you have managed to pursue while being ill and 5 that you have done that you wouldn’t have done had you not been ill.
I don’t think that I can find five things in either category but here goes…………
Since I have been ill I have managed to:
- Complete a University programme.
- Do other self-improvement courses- cooking & dressmaking.
- Run a 5K Cross Country Race
- Volunteer services to train others
- Open a business.
Things I have done that I wouldn’t have if I were not ill:
- Start this blog.
- Start a book.
- Register for a Psy D programme