This can be a follow-up to my last piece, “10 Indispensables for People that have Chronic Pain and Illness.” As I said at the end of that piece, I was out of space but had more indispensables. In fact, I had 12 more! Here they are:
1. A spontaneity
Some days, a spontaneity is mighty difficult to get, but when you can tease it out of hiding, it is a great friend to have around. For instance, I used to get frustrated when people would send me their sure-fire cures for my chronic illness, from “soul retrieval” to “oil pulling” (don’t ask!).
Then one day an individual absolutely promised that she could cure me—for free. All I had to do was bring through to my screen exactly the same site she had through to hers and then, at exactly the same moment, we’d touch certain icons on the site. This simultaneous touching would send healing vibrations in my experience and—exactly like that—over ten years of illness would be gone for good.
This proposal was so far-fetched that, instead of getting upset, I began laughing. It absolutely was this kind of therapeutic moment for me that now I sometimes try to find the dark humor in chronic illness—like how I could sleep for ten hours and wake up feeling as if I never went to bed. Yes, some days that’s not funny but, thankfully, there are other days when all I can perform is laugh baked food or at the very least smile—at the irony. And that helps get me through the day ahead.
2. Wall decoration or art in clear view from the bed
Even though I’m fortunate to have windows in my bedroom, I still have prints of paintings on my walls. During the daytime, I love how they change with the light to arrive from outside. And, obviously, during the night when I can’t see outside, I could still enjoy the prints. I spend plenty of time staring at them. Websites are usually having sales on prints, so they’re affordable for me if I shop carefully. They’re among my few splurges. All the pictures in this piece are of prints on my bedroom walls.
3. Faith in impermanence (25% of the time)
I love to say that the universal law of impermanence could be my friend but, obviously, that’s not always the case. The conditions that came together to produce today’s common cold could turn into bronchitis when those conditions change. That said, I encourage you to rely on this universal law to get you through the rough patches of pain and illness.
If my pain levels are high 1 day or if I’m feeling overwhelmed by the strain of feeling sick all the time, it’s comforting to know that impermanence is waiting in the wings. Eventually things will change; in my experience, at the very least 25% of that time period, that change is for the better.
I depend on that 25% as a success tool.
4. Comfort food
Mine is just a cup of decaf coffee with cocoa powder, stevia, and coconut milk in it. (I admit, it’s really a fake decaf mocha.) Does this sound truly awful for your requirements? That’s why comfort food is just a personal indispensable! Try to select something that’s not too unhealthy and ensure it’s always on-hand, because there is a constant know when you may need some comforting.
5. Comfortable clothes
I wear sweatpants and T-shirts around the house. When it gets hot in summer time, I often wear dresses (I love the $25.00 ones at Amazon by Sakkas). Why dresses? Since it lifts my spirits to appear nice, even when only for myself. Above all though, whether it’s dresses or sweats, everything must certanly be loose-fitting and not itchy!