1.Let people know: whether it is your friends and family, your significant other, or your professors, people need to know when you are not feeling 100% and therefore may not be able to perform 100% as usual. For me, this is the tip that I probably struggle with the most. I am not of fan of those “pity eyes” people often give you when you tell them you are sick so I used to always want to keep quiet about it. But years later I realized that staying silent was hurting myself just as much as it was hurting others.
2.Take a break: have a show on Netflix that you been dying to watch? Relax and do just that. Take an entire day where you do absolutely nothing. Your body is exhausted from being in pain and needs time to recharge.
3.Laugh: spend time with those that truly enjoy and appreciate your company. For me that is my boyfriend and about 5 of my closet friends. They are always able to cheer me up, make my day and remind me about the positives in my life.
4.Volunteer: when I’m feeling down I often find that one of the best distractions is to help those that are in need. Whether this be volunteering at your school, the humane society, your neighbours…whatever it is I find it always helps.
5.Pamper Yourself: sometimes when I’m feeling down or sick I will go get a manicure or pedicure or a new really cute outfit. I am a big believer in the idea that when you look good, you feel good too.
6.Talk to your Doctor or GI Specialist: If you feel that your Crohn’s flare up is not a minor one, letting your doctor know is key. They will send you for bloodwork and help you judge whether you need to switch medications, diet, etc in order to have you feeling good once again.
7.Exercise: Now I’m not saying you need to go out and run a half marathon or anything, but getting some light exercise a few times a week will help your recovery as well as give you endorphins which will have you feeling top notch.
8.Breathe: Although not a huge yoga fan myself, many people have found yoga very beneficial to not only feeling better, but helping them relax from the stress of their everyday lives as well.
9. Find a new hobby: Sometimes the best thing to do when you are not feeling well is distract yourself from that pain. Taking up a new hobby is a great way to do this. For myself, I find scrap booking my trips and favorite memories a great distraction.
10.RELAX: Remember, this pain is only temporary. Believe me I’ve been there and had my breakdown moments where I felt as though I was never going to get better but guess what? It always did. You just have to be strong and believe in that.