Many people with a chronic illness spend a lot of time at doctors’ offices, labs, hospitals and at home, sometimes in bed not feeling well. I often feel that my life is all about the medical stuff. When someone invites me to a party or lunch I have to check my calendar to see if I can fit it in with all of the blood tests, doctor visits, etc. It gets frustrating pretty fast.
It’s very important then to take time for just you – to do something you enjoy, to relax, to feel pampered. I try every day to set aside an hour when I can read my Bible and pray. This is my quiet time.
I get my hair cut once a month and enjoy the time with my hairdresser. We chat and laugh. She knows just how I like my hair so I can sit back and let take care of me without any worries. I always have her wash my hair because that’s so relaxing to me.
Once a month I try to get together with friends to go out to lunch. We call this our “Diner’s club”. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just a new place each time.
If you’re feeling too sick to get out of the house, why not set the mood there? If you like to relax with music, put some on and light some candles. Call in for a meal, even if it’s pizza (get some extra toppings!).
You don’t have to be extravagant, like buying yourself luxury watches or expensive purses every month. Frugal is good too.
Just know that you deserve some pampering. It will lift your spirits and help you to cope with all of the other issues more easily.