How to destress at home with a chronic illness

If you have a long-term condition, you’ll probably notice stress makes it worse. Stress also affects the immune system, which can lead to increased susceptibility to colds and other infectious diseases and generally low energy. When we’re stressed, we’re less likely to keep on top of healthy habits that we need to live well and manage spoons. Such as, getting enough sleep; exercise (this will release endorphins and help you feel less stressed out), and eating right (such as starting each day with a healthy breakfast and avoid too much sugar or caffeine.)

Managing stress is therefore imperative for our physical health. However, managing stress is not always easy. Here are some tips on how you can manage your stress levels in order to stay healthy physically and mentally so you are able to enjoy life more:

Colouring and crafting

Adult colouring books are not just a children’s hobby anymore. Creative adults are using it to destress. It is a great way to give your mind a break from work or to relax after a long day.

There are many benefits of adult coloring books, including giving your brain a break, calming you down, and being able to express yourself in the artwork. I use physical colouring books but also have an Ipad pro and enjoy colouring on there too. I’m not very artistic at all but I still find it a great way to destress!

Yoga

Yoga is one of the most common forms of exercise, but it is also a form of meditation. The practice has been known to reduce stress and anxiety levels, strengthen the immune system, and help with weight loss.

Yoga has grown in popularity over the past few years for many reasons.

Yoga is good for everyone! It doesn’t matter your age or fitness level; there are many benefits to this practice. I use simple ten-minute yoga tutorials on youtube and try to stretch morning and night.

Online gaming

I personally really enjoy online gaming-but I’m less about catching zombies and more about classic brainteasers instead!

I have loved playing solitaire since at school so was very excited to find this Christmas-themed Solitaire the other day; since Christmas isn’t too far away. I love how with solitaire that you really have to concentrate but it’s such a simple premise that it doesn’t require too many spoons! The Christmas theme with a Santa king, snowman queen, and candy cane jack just got me in the mood for Christmas that little bit more! I literally could play solitaire for hours!

Meditation

If you are feeling low on spoons or fatigued, one way to cope and bring some calm into your life is to practice meditation. Meditation has been found to improve both our physical and emotional well-being and has health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, anxiety levels and even potentially helping with our levels of pain too.

For ultimate relaxation, why not book a mobile massage in the comfort of your own home?

Cooking

And finally, cooking is another thing I find relaxing. Of course, not everyone is able to cook full meals if they have mobility issues but we really enjoy cooking and batch cooking for the week ahead. Cooking is a great way to relax and make a nutritious meal for yourself!

I hope you’ve found these tips useful-how do you like to destress?

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