When you are chronically ill, comfort is ripped away from your life. Struggling with Lyme Disease and Mold Illness changed my life in many ways, and one was a major lack of comfort. I had chronic pain in my back and neck and in my left leg and hip. I had migrating pain throughout my whole body. I was exhausted all the time, and was dealing with intense depression and anxiety. Finding moments of relief were important for me to stay positive and focused on my healing journey. Finding relief was difficult though when the pain and my health didn’t improve. Here are a few ways that helped me find calm in midst of the pain.
Hot Packs: I used hot packs all the time! The weight was comforting and the heat helped my pain. They helped me sleep better too. Its a small cost for some great comfort!
Weighted Blanket: I actually have not invested in a weighted blanket yet, but I want to. My hot pack kind of doubled as a mini weighted blanket and I would pile on the blankets to help me sleep. Something about the weight on my body helped with comfort and sleep.
Cats: I love cats and they were so helpful to have around as company when I was not up to seeing people. They were a good distraction from the pain and stress, but not a huge responsibility.
Coffee: While healing, I have been on a very strict diet, so all of my comfort foods are off limits. One thing I look forward to every morning is my coffee. The warm drink and routine is comforting to me.
Fresh Air: Even when I had zero energy, it was super helpful to go and sit on my back patio. The sunshine and fresh air is refreshing and is good for my health.
My Husband: Having someone in my life who understood what was going on and continued to give grace was the greatest gift I could have asked for. Whether you are married or not, find someone in your life that understands just how hard chronic illness can be and is patient and encouraging. It is the biggest comfort to have someone who gets what you are working through.