Mental Health Mondays- Automimmune/ Maintaining

Living with autoimmune can be a challenge when it comes to maintaining what we need to do. I have to admit sometimes I just don’t want to deal with it. For me, exercise helps me feel better as I cope with arthritis, but sometimes I just plain want to sit and veg out. However, every time I do my water exercise in the aqua track, I feel better.

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When it comes to Celiacs, staying on top of things is easier as far as avoiding gluten. The challenge for me is I am a terrible cook. I have adopted a policy of no more processed foods for me at all at this time, not even certified gluten free foods. I am trying to live with no grains, not even rice hoping it can help heal my gut.

Living with autoimmune can be a constant drag on us emotionally and mentally. The problem is always there like a house guest that won’t get the hint to leave. Prayer and listening to worship music help me more than anything for not letting myself go down into depression.

There are also the reasons I deal with it and take care of myself as I live with autoimmune. My reasons are my students and the people I serve in my ministry. Working with refugees who have been through MUCH worse than I have puts my problems in perspective. My refugee and immigrant friends are my motivation to stay healthy, so I can be there for them.

What ideas do you have about pressing on through autoimmune?

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