• Wear comfortable shoes and clothes Being uncomfortable is not a way to live a good life, whether you are living with achronic illness, or are lucky enough to have perfect health. When you have a chronic illness though, it's a good idea to take care of yourself, and being comfortable is one of the easy ways to care for yourself. HIgh heels and comfort rarely go together well!
• Listen to what your body tells you Your body will often have messages it wants you to pay attention to. If you wake up in the morning, and feel painfully stiff, is your body reminding you that the work you did the previous day was a bit too much for you? Pay attention, and you may be able to avoid some of your pain in the future.
• Do what you want to do, not what you should do The word 'should' is such a killjoy, isn't it? Yes, there are always things that need to be done, but every now and then, doing things you want to do is a gift you can give to yourself. That divine little piece of chocolate probably won't cause too much trouble to a healthy diet, as long as you only eat a little bit, and don't do it too often! (This is the way I do chocolate, only a little bit of top quality choc, and not too often!)
• Listen to yourself over others Other people can't ever really know how you feel, or what you want to do. If you always do what others want you to do, when you know doing that thing won't help, or may even hurt you, have the courage to stand firm and do what you know is the better thing to do.
• Take care of yourself first Often, living with a chronic illness, can show a person ways to live that would be good for other people too. Sharing your thoughts about these things can be a good way to feel better about yourself. Helping others gives you good feelings. But if you want to help others, it is important that you help yourself first, and don't overdo it.
• Medicate yourself mindfully Drinking a little alcohol can feel like it calms you, and that's a good thing (as long as your medications won't react with the alcohol). Drinking to excess though, that won't help. Think before you drink. Mixing your pills and potions without keeping your medical advisors 'in the loop' can lead to bad results with your health too. Taking painkillers when there isn't really too much pain may not be a good idea either.
• Think before you act When you have a chronic illness, things may be harder to do, but with enough forethought, you can still continue to do the things you loved to do, before chronic illness came into your life. Think things through, and find ways to live that good life you deserve!
• Accept the life you have now Lamenting the loss of your former life won't lead you to a happy and good life. Things in life change, constantly. When you can accept the changes chronic illness has brought to your life, you can still lead a good life. It may be quite a different life to the one you had been expecting, but it can still be a good life.