Come on. You know the basics. Say it with me:
Get plenty of sleep!
Eat healthy foods!
We all know how important self-care is. It’s even more important for people dealing with chronic pain. It’s also trickier, because self-care is often a moving target for us.
Some days we aren’t going to be able to exercise because our pain is off the charts. Or we are too fatigued. And making sure we are eating healthy might be asking for too much when the last thing we feel up for is prepping and then cooking a meal.
Some days it is ok to pop a TV dinner into the microwave. It’s ok to take a nap. It’s ok to call your shower exercise some days, because honestly, some days it legitimately is.
Sometimes the biggest, most important act of self-care you can make is letting yourself off the hook for all the things you “should” be doing.
Do what you can. Nothing more.
Because forgiveness and self-compassion are often the most valuable, therapeutic forms of self-care available to us.
Don’t forget to add them to your toolkit.