One of things that the majority of us living with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid have is this tendency to feel self-doubt. I mean, who wouldn’t? We live with pain daily and our conditions are unpredictable. Chronic conditions forces us to feel frustration about life, the issues that they bring into our lives, and about the future.

I have found, from my own experience and the experiences of others, that those us who are willing to help others and give good advice are often hesitant to help themselves. I think it is because it is easier to see someone’s situation and implore them to take action than it is to accept what is personally and emotionally affecting one’s self. However, it is not a good idea to shortchange ourselves.

So here is my suggestion to you. If you could write a letter to yourself, what would you tell yourself to change or improve about yourself? Imagine as you are writing this, you are your own best friend and you are offering yourself support and encouragement. What would you tell yourself to improve your quality of life as you live with your chronic illness or illnesses? As your own best friend -What things would you tell yourself that you like about yourself and what good qualities would you ask yourself to focus on?

If you want to go further, put this letter in the mail and send to yourself and when you get it, keep it as a reminder when you feel bogged down and frustrated by the things that chronic pain and illness have brought to your life.