9 Things to Instantly Boost Your Mood

Things to Do for an Instant Mood Boost

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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7 Keys for Navigating the Holidays with Chronic Illness

Navigating the Holidays with a Chronic Illness

Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming!

I know that people always comment on how fast the holidays get here after the year prior, so I wanted to write a post to provide some resources for navigating the holidays when you have a chronic illness. This way you can be prepared as you move into the holiday season!

Last year, I experienced my first Thanksgiving and Christmas post-diagnosis. Symptoms had come and gone for years prior to diagnosis (and I can actually remember multiple Christmases of not feeling well), but last year was the first time things were debilitating enough to change the way I participated in festivities.

When I started thinking about the holidays, I honestly felt sadder than I did when thinking about my daily way of life. My treatment protocol was intense, but adding dietary restrictions, depression, and low energy levels to the mix caused uncertainty about participating in anything.

While there were certainly some low points for me during the months of November and December of last year, I learned some things about navigating the holidays when you have a chronic illness.

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When You Wish You Could Change Your Past

When You Wish You Could Change Your Past

Do you ever wish you could take back something you said?

Do you think about what would have happened had you done something differently?

Do you hold onto regrets?

When You Wish You Could Change Your Past

Holding onto the regrets of my past keeps my mind in a place of frustration. It keeps thoughts swirling and then spiraling until I convince myself that everything in life is horrible. I know it’s not, but when you combine the neurological symptoms of Lyme Disease and co-infections with normal insecurities that people face, I can quickly get into a place of deep, deep melancholy. This kind of mentality isn’t healthy.

When I hold onto things I did wrong and think about ways I didn’t “measure up,” I miss out on the present. Not only that, but negative feelings regarding my past keep me from embracing the woman God created me to be.

Throughout my time of living with chronic illness (pre and post diagnosis), I have made a lot of mistakes. I’ve said and done things that were not kind. I became the needy person I never imagined I would be. I tried to control in whatever ways I could because nearly everything in my life was falling apart.

On a lot of days, I wish I could change my past. I wish I could go back to the hardest moments with the knowledge and assurance of God’s goodness that I now have to tell myself that everything is going to be okay.

I wish I could take back the things I said on days when symptoms were the worst.

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This past weekend, my boyfriend, Jonathan, and I spent a full day together. We had a wonderful time talking, laughing, cooking lunch together, shopping, and then going out for dinner. It was so much fun! It was the first date we had in a quite a while, so I had been looking forward to it all week.

At the end of the night, though, we realized we may have pushed things a little far with my energy levels. By the time he brought me home, I could barely keep my eyes open. I didn’t have enough strength to walk up the stairs to my room, so Jonathan had to carry me.

The overexertion from Saturday made Sunday a hard day. I was an emotional wreck. Pain was flaring, anxiety was taking over, and I was growing discouraged about my current life situation.

In all of my struggling, I started to question Jonathan’s love for me (even though he probably told me he loved me 100 times the day before). I became the insecure person that I don’t like.

The whole day was filled with a roller coaster of emotions – from insecurity, to regret, to feeling secure again in Christ, to feeling ashamed, and so on.

I wished more than ever that I could just erase the past two days and start over fresh. If I had a second chance, I wouldn’t have exerted myself so much on Saturday. I wouldn’t have even opened my mouth on Sunday. I would have detoxed more. The whole situation would have been different.

But that’s not the way life works, is it?

Once each day is over, there is a new day. We can’t go back and change the past, but we can make choices as we move forward.

On Monday, after the fogginess began to clear and I could look at the situation from a healthier standpoint, I had to come to terms with the fact that I couldn’t change the events of the weekend. I went to God to repent of my sin and ask forgiveness. I had already profusely apologized to Jonathan on Sunday throughout the cycles of craziness, but had a deeper understanding of the situation come Monday.

I had to let go of the weekend in order to move forward. It wasn’t easy. I still have a deep sense of sadness about my words and how they affected Jonathan, but I can’t dwell on the past and be who God created me to be.

Here’s what we need to remember during times when we wish we could reverse the past:

1. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!

I love this truth.

Romans 8:1-2 tells us:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (NIV)

When we are followers of Christ, we don’t have to worry about being condemned for our sin. Christ has already pain the ultimate price.

2. God doesn’t waste anything.

Romans 8:28 is a verse that has been a constant reminder of God’s love throughout many seasons of my life.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)

From walking forward in faith to live overseas in Asia, to dealing with family disagreements, to enduring life with chronic illness, I have remembered that God works in everything. He uses every situation to draw us to himself so that we can rest in His presence. He has a plan for our ultimate good, even if we may not be able to understand it at the time. He desires for us to come to Him so we can have true hope! He doesn’t waste a thing!

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4 Things I Did Wrong When Starting Lyme Disease Treatment

Lyme Disease Treatment Mistakes

The whole process of starting Lyme Disease treatment is overwhelming! Information can be conflicting, leaving you unable to figure out what will actually help as you work toward stability.

Lyme Disease is a complex condition. There’s usually a lot more than just Lyme going on in your body if you’re experiencing a whole list of symptoms.

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When Your Body Cries “Rest” but You Want to Keep Going

When Your Body Needs Rest With Chronic Illness

I’m not naturally someone who likes rest.

Some people like to take naps and lounge. I often wish I were like them! It would be nice to be able to focus on a Netflix marathon without getting the itch to go do something else. It would be great to be free of thinking of the next thing I would like to be doing.

I don’t mind curling up in a blanket on the couch, but I’d rather be reading a book than watching a movie. If not reading, I would prefer to be writing or brainstorming for a new project. I am all for being cozy, but I like to do it with purpose.

Many days, I wish that resting came naturally to me – that I was someone who could easily watch hour after hour of TV shows to pass the time. When I feel miserable from the pain, fatigue, and brain fog that come from managing several chronic illnesses, I would love to just veg out on the couch and enjoy it!

I’m not a good rester because I desperately want to be doing something. I like to be involved in activities. I like doing work that matters, and I am not very good at stopping.

Have you ever felt this way?

What happens when those of us with chronic illnesses have great intentions but the illnesses we face stop us in our tracks?

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