Today’s AWAP Wednesday video offers five of my all-time favorite coping techniques for chronic illness. They’re fast and advice-packed, so get ready!

Watch today’s video, in which I share my favorite coping skills… and encourage you to develop your own:

*AWAP = As Well As Possible

Now it’s your turn:

What is YOUR favorite coping skill? I wanna know! Join the conversation in the comments below, share your experience and ask for advice from our community.

Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than eight hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers.

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Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches!


(Rough) transcript:

PSSSSSST come closer… I have a secret for you. Here it is: Chronic Illness does NOT have to ruin your life. It can actually make you sexy. What? I know! Shhhhhh!

Hi! I’m Jenni Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible). Each week, I offer you my favorite tips and techniques to help you craft an incredible life beyond illness. Yes! I know you can.

There are limitless ways to cope with chronic illness, and if you ask just about anyone, they’ll offer you advice. Heck… many people will offer you advice whether you ask or not, amirite?!

But you know me, you trust me to steer you straight. So yay! Today I want to share with you—in rapid-fire succession—my top five secrets to coping with chronic illness. Here we go…

Radical Self-Care for Chronic Illness

When you’re sick all the time, you often lose the time and energy to do some self-care. Pedicures and face masks go out the window.

But they shouldn’t. Why? Because you already feel like crap—why deny yourself the very things that can give you even a smidge of relief?

Radical self-care is prioritizing the things that make you feel great. Don’t have time or money for a full pedi? Take five minutes and slap on a coat of paint, babe. Get creative. Fit it in. You simply must. When you prioritize your self-care, you’re sending a conscious and unconscious message to your mind that YOU MATTER.

Make it Sexy

Make it sexy. Seriously. I’ll sometimes joke about, say, having gas. Because nothing is sexier than farts, right? If I’m having a bad gastrointestinal day my boyfriend hears me toot, I’ll say, “aw yea, sexy!” We both laugh.

Is it really sexy? No. But you know what is? Having a sense of humor about it.

Rally Your Team

You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again now: You’ve gotta have a strong team for support. Don’t just rely on your spouse or partner, family and close friends. Think outside the usual bounds with me…

…Team YOU can include people like the mailman who always brings your packages upstairs; the neighbor who volunteers to water your plants if it’s too hot for you outside; the co-worker who brings you coffee whenever there’s a group meeting… these folks are all on your team!

Take good care of your team. Thank them, care for them, and they will care for YOU in times of need.

Be Thankful

This one’s simple: Show gratitude for what IS working in your life, for what DOES feel good. Every day. In small ways. Thank anyone or anything that does you good.

You might feel silly thanking the bowl of cereal for being tasty, or for saying thanks to a houseplant that decided to bloom this morning. But it builds a foundation of gratitude throughout your life and you begin to cherish everything so much more.

Stay Connected

You’ve got to stay connected. Find your tribe online, the people who understand you, lift you up, keep you positive during the most difficult times.

I’m a member of many Facebook groups, and I run a huge online support community—that’s my tribe. Find yours. Lean on them when you need to, and give back to them when you can.

If you can laugh, and cherish the good in every day, and share that with others, you can face ANY challenge.

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Thanks for watching today! If you’ve got an example of how you cope with chronic illness, share it here in the comments or head on over to the blog at ChronicBabe.com to join the conversation—I want to hear what YOU have to say.

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Until we meet again, be AWAP! Smooches!

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