Poetry Monday 2/17/14

February 17, 2014

Fever burning
Frying my insides
Body fighting to be well
Sweating, then shivering, like the changing of the tides

When will it end?
When will I feel like me?
Feeling defeated and weak
No light at tunnel’s end to see.

When I’m sick it becomes very easy for me to start feeling down, depressed, and/or self-pity. I have to be very careful or I’ll spiral in pretty deep. Over the years I’ve found some things to help me not get down and deal with my self-pity. These things work for me and maybe they will work for you too.

1. CREATE SOMETHING
– I personally play guitar. It’s crazy, but even playing sad songs can help me not feel sad. Find a creative output and use it. While some of my stuff might not work for everyone, this one I know works for a lot of people.

2. PLAY WITH/PET YOUR PET
– It’s been proven in several studies that petting a dog or cat is therapeutic. It really does work. I don’t know why, but stroking my dog or playing with him actually helps me feel better.

3. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
– I know this is cliched, but there’s a song from “White Christmas” in which Bing Crosby sings that even when things are looking bad, “count your blessings instead of sheep.” I love the song and it works for me. I see what I’ve overcome in life and see how far I’ve made it, and that helps give me the push I need to keep going through the hard times.

4. READ A BOOK
– This may not work for everyone, but for me, this takes me out of wherever I am and into another place where I’m not sick and down and hurting. Let yourself get caught up in the story and things will usually seem a bit brighter when you come back from book-land.

5. SET AND DEFEAT SOME SMALL GOALS
– For me, setting some little goals that I can handle, even when feeling bad or sick, like doing a load of clothes or washing some dishes, and then doing them makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. It may not be much, but every little thing counts when I feel like I’m slipping towards despair.

I hope some of the ways I keep from getting down can help you stay positive. You can do it, I know you can!

Question: How do you keep from getting disheartened when you’re sick?

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