Living with debilitating pain and fatigue on a daily basis is a total drag. I get it. There are days I don’t want to get out of my PJ’s – or even out of bed.
Over the last 7 years of living in this state, I needed to change my mindset and practice more self-love.
I may feel sore, exhausted and like I was run over by a Mack truck, but if I take a few minutes to make myself look better, it makes me smile, improves my mood, and I actually feel a little better.
Here’s a few of my top tips:
- Hydrate! Staying hydrated gives you more energy and plumps up your skin so it’s less wrinkled and more elastic. Drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning and several throughout the day. I drink 6-8 12oz glasses a day. Add a teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, plus a few drops of liquid Stevia, to at least one glass of water each day. This will alkalize the body and bring down belly pain and bloat.
- Use a tinted moisturizer with SPF daily. You don’t need full makeup or foundation, but definitely wash your face and moisturize! Using a slightly tinted moisturizer with SPF helps even out your skin tone and provide sun protection. Yes, you still need it even if you’re just walking the dog or driving to the doctor’s office. You can find several brands online or in stores; however, Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20 Tinted Moisturizer in “Cameo Glow” is my favorite!
- Cover up dark under-eye circles. Other than my tinted moisturizer, I rarely put on makeup for an ordinary day at home. But if you’re like me and feel chronically fatigued, you’re likely sporting some dark blue under-eye circles. One thing I won’t leave the house without is a yellow-tinted concealer. The yellow helps to balance out the blue and hide the circles.
I’m often told I look great while wearing this and I think to myself “if only they saw my dark circles!” I love this concealer compact by Colorscience because it includes five shades to cover various complexion problems. There’s a handy reference chart on the back advising which color to use for blue shadows, browns spots, or red spots.
- Mascara. I like to give my lashes a rest and condition them with olive oil or castor oil when I’m not going out. But I have very light lashes, so if I need to leave the house, I like to apply just a little bit of black mascara to “open up my eyes,” which also helps me look less fatigued.
- Manage an attractive, easy “up-do” Prior to my disability, I used to maintain a trendy hairstyle that required cuts every 4-5 weeks. Now I don’t have the time, money, or energy to do that. Growing my hair longer enabled me to easily pull it back or put it up. Experiment with high top knots, low side ponytails and even a braid now and then.
I conserve my energy by washing my hair every 2-3 days. In between washes, I use a dry shampoo around my hairline where I tend to get oily; it also provides extra volume! There are several good dry shampoos on the market these days. I’ve tried a few brands and Batiste smells nice, isn’t flaky and brushes out easily.
- Buy comfy clothes that are not sweat pants! You can buy gorgeous loose pants and tunics and feel more dressed than spending the day in PJ’s or yoga pants! Tees By Tina is one of my favorite soft, seamless brands, as well as LulaRoe.
On really bad flare days, even a loose waist band puts too much pressure on my bloated belly. It’s much more comfortable for me to spend the day in a loose dress and they are cooler than shorts in Summer. When Fall or Winter approaches, I put leggings under them to stay warm.
- Accessorize plain outfits with scarves. I get chilled quite easily, so I always have a scarf around my neck or tied to my purse….even when it’s 80 degrees! Invest in scarves made of silk, jersey or gauzy cotton which are light enough to wear in Summer. The scarf can also serve as a wrap or a neck accessory and dress up a plain, solid t-shirt or dress.
Doing these simple things help me to feel comfortable, confident and more attractive – and that energizes me and makes me happy!
What are some strategies you use to help yourself feel better on your most challenging days?
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