It has been my experience dealing with illnesses for decades, that anxiety rears it evil, unwanted head often for those of us living with chronic illness. We live in a world filled with a lot of unknowns. This is a reality we don’t want, in a world that doesn’t really get it, and can appear as if it doesn’t care. So, how do you tackle those moments (or days) when anxiety comes charging straight ahead and doesn’t take into consideration where you are or what you are doing? I definitely don’t have answers, just a humble list of things that have worked (not always) for me.
- Breathe. I know this sounds so simple, but in times of extreme stress and anxiety sometimes we forget to truly breathe. We need to take a slow, deep breath to tell our bodies that we are in control……….whether we feel like it, or not.
- Remind yourself you have been here before and you got through it. This is a big one, the road is bumpy and terrible and you want to take a detour but sometimes there is just no where to turn around. You have to go down the road and it will end. You’ve got this! It may not feel like it, but I have confidence in you!
- Magnesium. Yep, only if it is allowed by your medical professional. But for me, magnesium glycinate has helped take the edge off more times than I can remember. Most people with CI are low, so getting your magnesium levels checked may be beneficial for you.
- Meditate. I pull up a YouTube relaxation video and do my best. One minute is better than none!
- Get up and move. Sitting still appears to keep my thoughts stagnant and focused on the bad. Moving my body seems to start my thoughts moving and can bring a new perspective.
On top of these five, I also have one thing I do NOT do. When I am really stressed out and filled with anxiety about my health (or lack there of) I want to search for solutions. I want to get better, I don’t want to be like this. Like everyone else suffering from CI, I want my life back. But, I have found that “googling it” makes things worse. No matter what you are researching it seems as if the first thing that pops up is the word cancer……..who the hell needs to read such a horrible word when you are already super stressed!
Until next time YOU are a superhero! Only a true superhero could do what you do, day in and day out.