Finding Stability Within Fluctuating Illness [AD]

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When it comes to chronic illness, there’s one piece of advice it seems healthcare professionals just cannot resist sharing: it’s all about having a routine. Time and time again, we’re led to believe that scheduling each and every one of our waking moments and following the exact same pattern for the foreseeable future is the key to unlocking wellbeing and becoming the best version of ourselves.

And whilst I’m certainly not going to argue that striving for a routine isn’t beneficial, it’s the practicalities of having such a process to life that act as a barrier. Not only does an approach like this pretty much erase the possibility of having (God-forbid) any spontaneity in life, the reality of living with a fluctuating illness can mean that having a concrete day-to-day routine just isn’t feasible.

To me, then, it seems it’s all about finding a balance: the middle ground between having go-to rituals that help to structure my day, but also maintaining the flexibility to shuffle things around depending on how I’m feeling and what’s happening in my life. Contrary to popular opinion, I’ve found that relaxing my own expectations around planning my day and (please excuse the phrase) going with the flow is actually what works best for my symptoms. That said, however, there are still a handful of practices that I prioritise and attempt to implement into my life more rigidly, and it’s these that I’d like to share with you today.

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