This is the time of year when we all talk about making our resolutions for the new year.  Since spoonies like us cannot resolve to "be healthy" (wouldn't that be nice!), I've come up with a list of resolutions that are applicable for those of us with chronic illness and chronic pain:
  • Be kind to myself:  Yes, I didn't get my to-do list finished today.  Maybe I didn't even look at it.  But that's OK.  Let whatever you accomplish in any given day be enough.
  • Be more organized:  Go into doctor's appointments with articles and questions at the ready.  Keep track of any insurance changes in 2014.  Keep all of my doctor's notes, tests, copies of prescription, etc. filed and organized instead of in a pile.
  • Fret less:  Bad things happen; things change.  Adapting without stressing is difficult, but stress and worry will not solve any problems.  In fact, they will usually compound health issues.  Takes deep breaths, go for a walk, meditate, talk it out, etc.  Try not to stew.
  • Interact more:  Talk more, whether online or in person, with others in the same health situations.  Find out how they tackle problems, deal with health issues, etc.  In sum, get support from those like you!
Do you have any resolutions for 2014?  If so, let us know in the comment section!  Happy New Year to all of you!

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