Try these simple, low energy activities for women with chronic illness to do from home.
Written by Abernethy James
TRY A 5 MINUTE HAND MASSAGE
The simple motion of massage can stimulate those endorphins we all crave. Forget vigorous exercise, rubbing cream or oil into your hands is the way to hit that feeling of bliss! Slowly, gently and in movements that feel good to you. Experiment with what feels best – maybe rubbing your fingers, massaging your cuticles or pressing circular motions around the center of your palm or the top of your wrist.
A great way to develop this beautiful self-love ritual is to add it to your bedtime routine or as part of your bath. Why not experiment with adding oils from the kitchen to your moisturiser and design your own perfect hand cream?
Great oils to add are Nut Oils – think Macadamia and Almond, Also Avocado Oil and Olive OIl. You can even pop some seeds into the mixture for a soothing exfoliation – think poppy seeds or even coarse salt.
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FRAME A PHOTO OF YOUR LIFE AT IT IS NOW
Do you have photos in frames in your house? In your bedroom? When is that photo from? Most of us choose our favourite memories to put in frames and display with pride. Looking back on the happiest moment really is a wonderful feeling. But celebrating our happiest memory does not always mean looking back. A wonderful tool you can use is to frame a photo from your life now, and enjoy feeling positive that you do have wonderful moments that are worth celebrating!
TAKE A DAY OFF FROM MAKING DECISIONS
Take a day to do things without much thought. Try not to assess your energy or question whether you should do something. Simply plan a day to be you and choose to have a relaxing and gentle day because you are choosing to, not because your chronic illness chooses for you. This idea may bring up feelings of fear; as when is the last time you did something without your illness is a part of the decision? Or worrying about the after effects? Something as simple as planning a day to have a nice lunch then a nap, or binge-watching every movie with Ryan Gosling in it – the goal is about you having control of your day.
TIP: Don’t do anything out-with your physical means – this self-love practice is about freeing your mind from the control of illness and is NOT intended to push your body past its limits