A friend asked how I manage to stay positive and not let my illness affect my self-esteem too much. This has got me thinking and for me it boils down to these 3 rules.
1. Be grateful. Although I do get upset by my limitations, I choose not to dwell on it all the time and focus on what I do have rather than what I don’t. Frequently reminding myself what I have to be grateful for helps me stay grounded and improves my perception.
2. Spread positivity. By sharing positivity with others, here on IG and in my conversations with others, I feel better knowing I’ve helped lift other people up in some way. It becomes an infectious habit, and reinforces my positive attitude. It also improves my relationships with others, which I rely on emotionally, and this in turn makes me happier!
3. Keep passion alive. Keeping passion alive for something can keep your mind busy and gives an altered life some purpose. While I can no longer run, travel or go out with friends, I can pursue other interests from my bed such as learning about tarot and astrology, watching documentaries, gaming, listening to podcasts and talking to others. Pursuing new hobbies and interests can help add meaning to your life when you can no longer do the things you used to enjoy.
I hope this is helpful to some. I know I’m privileged in some ways which might make this easier for me than others; but regardless there might be a useful message here.