The relationship between grief, emotion and chronic illness can be immediate and direct. Indeed, strong emotions can wreak havoc on autoimmune disorders and chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, where stress triggers a flare up in symptoms. Learning to ride these strong emotions instead of resisting them can help reduce the negative impact on your health.
“How many pillows do you sleep with?” Ever wondered why the doctor wants to know that? The answer could indicate a health problem. But it is also a sign you are managing a chronic pain issue. In which case, perhaps your pile of pillows is your best friend.
It sucks to be sick. No question. It hurts, it’s exhausting, and sometimes depressing. Managing your illness can take all your focus and energy. But to keep your relationship healthy is to honour one of the most important areas of self-care. Especially when you’re chronically ill. Here’s how.