Find a balance between what the body needs and the mind wants

Even though you are living with a long-term condition, it does not mean that you cannot experience wellbeing.

Achieving wellbeing is not just about managing the symptoms of your condition; it involves feeling your best physically and emotionally and developing and maintaining positive relationships.

Learn how to listen to your body

Living with a long-term condition can mean you have to pay more attention to your physical capabilities and preserve your energy.

Some people use diaries and charts to pace themselves and monitor their energy levels.

For others, taking part in some form of physical activity can help them to feel healthier, more positive and is a way to get out of the house and meet other people.

Don’t just exist…live life

Being diagnosed with a long-term condition can challenge how you feel about yourself but it does not have to define who you are.

Some people use mindfulness to observe and reflect upon themselves.  You can recognise patterns in what helps, and what gets in the way, of leading a meaningful and purposeful life.

Get support, find support and give support

Meeting or talking to other people with long-term conditions can help you to feel that you are not alone – other people understand what it is like.

For some people, giving support to others can be rewarding.  Other people find support from friends and family or support organisations.

Whatever it is, meeting and sharing your experiences with others can have a positive effect on your wellbeing.

“The Guest House”

By Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

 

Taken from: Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z. & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The Mindful Way through Depression. Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. New York: The Guilford Press