City Girl's Five Tips for Changing Your Frame of Mind When You're Having a Bad Day
1. I look up photos of psorasis and psoriatic arthritis on the internet. Many of these are worse than my situation. It reminds me that others are suffering much more than I, leads me to remember them in prayer and take the focus off myself;
2. I read my news feed in Facebook, which includes several psoriatic arthritis support groups. In here, I see others' celebrations, their triumphs and their struggles. Many folks do not have health insurance and cannot afford the expensive biologic drug I am on, others are divorcing, because the stress of chronic illness is too much. This reminds me to be happy for others, leads me to remember those in prayer who need it and take the focus off myself;
3. I reach out to someone who understands, like my National Psoriasis Foundation Mentor, or even my husband, to express that I am struggling. Most times, their listening helps the most;
4. I count my blessings, it helps me to remember all I have to be grateful for; and
5. I escape with a nap, a good book or movie. It is fun to "live" someone else's life for two hours, or so.
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read how other e-health activists Make it a Great Day. Until tomorrow.