It is so difficult to let go of the person you used to be. Looking at old picture and comparing the ravage that time and illness has done to our bodies isn’t healthy. By doing so, we miss noticing the beauty that we have in the present. Seeing all your friends and family going out and doing things that are too painful for you to do, can be heartbreaking. It makes you feel even more alone. You start getting cabin fever, being stuck at home and missing out on all of these activities you used to love. The trick is to get those walking aids, to get that wheelchair and design new activities that will get you out of the house.
Trying to be perfect and be everything to everyone is also something we all need to learn to let go of. It isn’t healthy for anyone and a sure way to end up having a burnout. If you are battling physical or mental illness or both, you need to put yourself first. No matter how much you want to be that perfect friend, that perfect parent, the perfect worker, you can’t let it make you even sicker.
“I’m beautifully broken, perfectly imperfect, beautiful in all my flaws. All together, I am a beautiful disaster.” – Unknown
Learn how to say “no” when it’s warranted. Cut out the things in your life that are stressing you out (when you can) and just don’t matter.
The weight lifted will likely be heavier than you had realized, and it’ll free you up for more important things.