Let’s face it. Life with a chronic illness can be hard. Very hard.
The ups and downs of symptoms can be overwhelming.
While the pain and fatigue are difficult to deal with, I usually find that symptoms of depression and anxiety affect me the most.
Over the years of dealing with depression and anxiety, I’ve come to find some useful tools that help me boost my mood when I’m feeling low. These things are not cures (I’m not a doctor and can’t give treatment plans or cures anyway!), but they are resources to help you feel a little better on your journey of treating chronic illness.
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9 Things to Instantly Boost Your Mood:
1. Pray and meditate on Biblical truth
When we’re feeling down, the first place we need to go is to the truth in God’s Word. Don’t really feel like praying? That’s okay. Tell God that. Ask Him to give you the desire to pray and be in His Word. I’ve realized that usually when I need Him most, my low mood gets in the way of going to Him for support. Don’t let your feelings keep you from embracing the Lord’s comfort.
In my free eBook, I share some practical ways to get into the Word when you’re distressed.
Another resource that has been helpful for putting my struggles into perspective is this book. Our problems seem a little less daunting when we further understand God’s character.
2. Open the blinds to let natural light in
This one helps me a lot! If I’m not feeling particularly cheerful, I open the blinds. Having natural light in my days truly makes a difference.
3. Drink some water or your favorite tea
The combination of warm lemon water with some of these other tips can be game-changing. Lemon water also helps me manage brain fog because it serves as a detox method.
4. Sit out in the sun
Take advantage of free Vitamin D by sitting out in the sun. :) Embrace the sunshine and fresh air if it’s a nice day!
5. Go for a walk
While walking may not be possible for all with chronic illnesses, if you are able to go for a short walk, do it! I’ve been able to gradually build up stamina to take some longer walks. When I first started re-implementing walks into my routine, I could barely go a block. Now I go much father and it always makes me feel better emotionally.
6. Use essential oils
I love the way essential oils help lift my mood. Try diffusing essential oils or rubbing a couple drops on the bottoms of your feet or on your wrists/neck. My favorite oils to use are Joy, Lavender, Peace and Calming, and Ylang Ylang.
7. Listen to music
There’s something amazing about some good worship music to help me move toward a better mood. Keep a playlist ready in Spotify so you can always go to it when needed.
8. Be with people you enjoy (and laugh together!)
Laughing with my favorite people is the best! If you’re dealing with low moods, human connection can be a helpful thing to get you out of the funk. Laughter really is good medicine, too!
9. Retrain your brain
As part of this program, I do a daily practice of brain retraining. Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot about our limbic systems and how it’s crucial to focus on brain health along with other forms of treatment for chronic illnesses. If you struggle with depression or anxiety as symptoms of your condition, this program could be a big help for you!
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