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In Life With Chronic Illness, Your Best Is Allowed to Include Rest

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Oh, how I wish I could go back in time to my younger self and program this permission slip into her subconscious. Living in a reality that placed such an emphasis on go-go-go and do-do-do, it has taken me a long time to warm up to the concept that rest might be both productive and necessary. When my world was flipped upside down in my early 20s by chronic health issues, my reaction to all of the new “forced rest” my body needed was not very loving.  I labeled days that required large blocks of rest as “bad.” I resisted and resented them with all my might.

It was limiting and disheartening to suddenly have to spend so much time doing “nothing” to have the energy or physical stamina to do “anything.” I spent years begrudgingly “resting” when

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