Surprise! You’re having a flare-up.

Surprise! Your insurance changed its coverage of your meds.

Sound familiar? I know it does!

Chronic illness is a daily series of surprises. Babe, sometimes you’ve gotta roll with the punches. Today’s video has a few of my favorite tips for doing that. 

*AWAP = As Well As Possible

Now it’s your turn:

What things help you keep rolling even when life wants to knock you down? Share your experience in the comments below.

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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).

Each week, I offer you my personal favorite tips and techniques to help you craft an incredible life beyond illness. Yes! I know you can.

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Last weekend I was booked to fly home from a family visit in Houston and our flight was majorly delayed. We got the call 10 minutes away from the airport, and an hour away from my family’s house; we had an extra three hours to kill before our rescheduled flight.

I was PISSED. The delay meant I would get home and climb in bed more than four hours later than usual, which is a big bummer for my health. I knew I’d have a flare-up the day after, possibly for many days after – and what a cruddy way to end my awesome fun trip! Ugh.

But I had a choice in that moment: I could pout, grumble, be irritable. Or I could roll with the punches.

Do I have to roll with every punch?

Nope – some are just too extreme. You are entitled to some strong reactions to big ol’ punches. But also: You get to choose how you react.

See this tattoo? [Picture of Jenni’s left inner arm.] It says “peace is every step,” the title of my favorite book by my spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. I need this daily reminder, that I get to choose how I’ll react to things.

So I tried to react with peace. My brother-in-law and fiancee found a bowling alley near the airport, and we headed over to have “pin and tonics” and bowl with my nieces, which was HILARIOUS. In the end, I was glad for the extra time.

 

Flexibility is key

I hate bowling. A broken wrist a few years ago means bowling is super-painful for me. But you know what I love? Cheering for people. So instead of bowling, I got goofy and cheered for every single pin down.

You will get surprised by all kinds of things, and you may have strong in-the-moment reactions. But you can regroup, and recalibrate, and focus on the positive. You have to make that choice – it’s an active decision. It may be really hard! But if you practice, it gets easier and easier.

And if you have a great friend or partner to talk to, that helps, too. My fiancee let me grumble for a minute and then encouraged me to embrace the situation. I needed that little nudge!

It’s this flexibility – and practicing the exercise of choosing to find positive things, even when the $hit (bleep) hits the fan – that builds resilience, babe. And that resilience will pay off every day as you cope with all the punches chronic illness throws your way.

 

Refuse to let life knock you down, babe. Bob and weave and roll with the punches.

 

Thanks for watching today! How do you roll with the punches? 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!