Sometimes you will just feel like crap, and no amount of pep talks from me is going to make you feel better. This is how I feel today.

No matter how much self-care you do, no matter how faithfully you take your meds, no matter how good you are at your daily routine… sometimes, you’re just going to feel like crud anyway. I mean, this is true for ALL humans.

So on some days, you just have to “embrace the suck.” Today’s video teaches you how to do just that:

*AWAP = As Well As Possible

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Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches!


(Loose) Transcript:

Hi! I’m Jenni Grover Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible).

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Sometimes you will just feel like crap, and no amount of pep talks from me is going to make you feel better. This is how I feel today.

No matter how much self-care you do, no matter how faithfully you take your meds, no matter how good you are at your daily routine… sometimes, you’re just going to feel like crud anyway. I mean, this is true for ALL humans.

So on some days, you just have to “embrace the suck.”

I heard this term, “embrace the suck,” from a couple of U.S. military veterans I’ve met recently. These are folks who live with chronic pain and illness and yet work so hard every day to accomplish their goals.

If I understand their approach correctly, it is about acknowledging the reality of the suck, and moving ahead as much as you can. So here goes:

I feel like crap today. My bowels are going berserk, I have a headache, my back is super-sore, and I’m exhausted.

There – I said it out loud. I acknowledged it.

Now, what can I do to mitigate this suck? I can drink lots of water to hydrate, I can take some pain meds for my back, I can eat a simple diet today to help calm my bowels, I can adjust my calendar so my pace is more chill. Mitigated!

Here’s the important part: I’m moving ahead in spite of it. Sure, I could lie on the couch all day and moan about it. I totally earned that right. But I’m going to go ahead and choose to make the most of what I can do today.

If I get halfway through my day and just can’t push anymore, I’ll stop – I don’t want to make myself sicker than I already am today – but I am going to embrace the situation – the suck – and make the most of the day anyway.

Sometimes, you just need to say hello, suck! and move on.

Thanks for watching today! How about you, have you tried embracing the suck? How did it work out? I’d love to know. Share your strategy in the comments here 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!