Sometimes I find that it can be easy to let this illness run away with you but please remember that a positive outlook is crucial for recovery and state of mind. For me, that pretty much involves being outside with my friends and my animals. But I have also trained myself to notice the great things around me. This concious noticing started for me when I was on dialysis and dying (to be frank), I didn't think I was going to live to see my transplant operation. One night I closed my eyes to go to sleep and decided that enough was enough, I wasn't going to come back.
Thankfully, my body had other ideas. I was a bit embarrassed that I had given up so easily but after that decided that I really needed to enjoy life, no matter what state I was in! So, I try to end everyday by listing three things that I am thankful for / make me happy / <insert your own ideas here>. Don't feel that they need to be big profound things, there will be some big, profound days but others when a song comes on and you have a little dance in the kitchen making you grin from ear-to-ear. It doesn't take long for your views to alter slightly and you get more joy from smaller things... To get you started, here are a few things that make me happy / grateful:
Tea - preferably with chocolate biscuits
My dogs and their utter joy in an old tennis ball
Seeing part of a sign and it saying something else
the sunshine, spring is coming to England and the cherry blossom is beautiful
A pair of socks i own that make it look like you're wearing trainers
my colleague waving at me across the office
being able to walk / skip / run / ride horses
TED talks - it's so easy to learn something new everyday
Wrapping up in a duvet
The wonders of modern technology, the fact that medicine has advanced so much
Horses - anything, everything to do with them but mostly the connection I have with mine
Photo slideshow thing on my computer and the memories that flood back
Someone asking my advice.....
The lists go on, obviously. Please feel free to share your positive thoughts, I'd love to hear from you - what makes you smile on the inside?
The important thing is that only a tiny amount of your time every day can lead to massive changes in your outlook on life. Here's a couple of websites that have some cracking ideas too: