Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Endometriosis: Highs & Lows

How do you go from feeling like for the first time (in a long time) you're actually living your life and having a great day with friends and family, enjoying life and generally having fun... to less than a week later (or even a day!) being curled back up in bed crying with the pain, praying the stronger meds will kick in? At one moment you get hope, clarity and life, with a big sense of normality. The next minute, you're faced with pain, upset and darkness, with no sense of it ever being normal again. Why does life with endometriosis have to go from one extreme to the other? 

I've been thinking of how we react and cope during such low times. The lows can definitely become more prominent than the highs. Or is it because when in those situations, we focus all our attention on the rare high days? Which makes us feel more lost than usual and back at square one when they are quickly snatched away. 

How do you mentally find a balance when there is no way of controlling what endo will do next? Physically, we must rest. But emotionally?

I was once given a great piece of advice. When you are having bad days, it is important to find some positives and not focus on all the negatives. If you only have two good days but five bad in a week..  then flip it. Realise you have had two good days! That's great! You could have had a whole week of badness. If that is the case, then good things can be found in the smallest of things. We should celebrate them! 

Having a chronic illness is hard enough to deal with. We do not need to put extra stress on ourselves.
What tips do you have to battle the emotional lows that come with endo? Please share!!


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