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12 things to do instead of watching Netflix when you have a Chronic Illness.

I’ve become quite the couch potato since getting diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia. Some days, it is all I’m capable of doing. However, there are some days and even parts of the day, I know I’m doing it out of pure routine and habit. There have been too many times lately that I’m stuck staring at the Netflix screen, flipping through the selection and realizing I’ve run out of options. Because of this, I thought I’d share with you some alternatives to fill your day other than a Netflix binge, that won’t require much physical exertion.

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Stop Should-ing On Yourself

Sometimes, I think I shouldn’t find being sick so hard.

I tell myself, to ‘get it together. You aren’t doing this alone. You have a great supportive boyfriend, family and friends (and now all of you online warriors! 👋🏻).’ But then my thoughts begin to spiral… ‘You don’t even have the responsibility of a child to look after yet. How will you look after them when you can barely move right now? It should not be this painful to do what most people do without much thought, like taking a shower, cooking dinner, and even just walking across the room. These are some examples of thoughts running through my head. This is chronic illness. It is a total (excuse my language)…mindfuck. You’re constantly trying to talk yourself out of these negative thoughts… because they are JUST thoughts, not reality. And it is exhausting.

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Why I think I have had IC/BPS since childhood

I think all of us look for a reason or a cause for why a bad thing, like an illness, is happening to us. We want to know so we can find a way to heal or really even just to be able to put blame on something. But what if there is no clear reason?

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