It’s one of those unavoidable but pretty awful facts of life that our health isn’t always going to be great. Some of us have to deal with chronic health issues from an early age onward. But even those of us who generally enjoy good overall health, are bound to find ourselves struggling with some or other unwelcome health condition, sooner or later.
Modern medical technology has done wonders in helping us to overcome our health issues and avoid them dragging us down indefinitely. But, unfortunately, it’s not always possible to resolve every issue at the walk in care centre, or with a simple medical prescription.
Sometimes we’re in for a prolonged struggle with our health issues. But the fact that we’re struggling doesn’t mean we have to let the condition hold us down.
Here are some tips for moving forward in your life when a health issue has you down.
Don’t be too hard on yourself — but look for small actions you can take that will make your life even just a little bit better, day by day
If you’re stricken by some chronic health condition that has a real impact on your everyday life, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. You should be compassionate enough towards yourself that you don’t constantly beat yourself up for failing to be the most energetic, bubbly, and productive person on the whole planet.
If you have broken legs, you shouldn’t expect yourself to run a marathon.
What you should do, though, is to look for small actions you can take that will make your life even just a little bit better, day by day. Because these actions do exist — and they do make a real difference.
Aim at the right level, and even something as simple as clearing your dining room table of clutter can do some real good.
Remind yourself of what you have to be grateful for, not just what you have to bitter or upset about
We all have things that we can be bitter and upset about, and that we have a right to be bitter and upset about. Those of us who are dealing with chronic illness, may have more reasons than many others to be bitter and upset.
But it’s very important to remind yourself, when you’re going through hard times, of all the things you have to be grateful for, too.
This will help to keep you properly balanced in life, and remind you that there’s light to be found, even in the darkest moments.
Take an attitude of total accountability — act like it’s all down to you to own your situation and make the best of it
Author Jack Canfield has written in the past that one of the defining features of successful people in business is that they adopt a “total accountability” or “total responsibility” mindset.
In essence, that means taking no excuses, and acting like it’s up to them to own their situation and make the best of it.
If you’re chronically ill, it’s not your fault — and it’s important to remember that. But, ultimately, it’s all on you to own your circumstances and do what you can to make them better. Making excuses, passing the buck, or looking for other people to save you, is only likely to break your spirit, make you dependent, and give you too much opportunity to make excuses.
And if you use your illness as an excuse for why you’re not acting in a way that you makes you proud of yourself, you’re in trouble.