Published: Sep 13, 2023
Written by: Kelsey

Living with Chronic Illness: Navigating the Emotional Journey

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Navigating the Emotional Journey

Living with a chronic illness can feel like navigating rough waters. It’s not only the physical pain but also the emotional turmoil that leaves you searching for stability. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of emotional safety and how it can transform your journey with chronic illness.

The Overwhelming Storm of Diagnosis

How to Cope Emotionally with a Chronic Diagnosis

The day I received my diagnosis was overwhelming. It felt like I had been given a lifetime pass to a roller coaster of emotions – fear, anxiety, and disbelief. The question “Why me?” lingered longer than the pain itself. This is a common sentiment among those facing chronic conditions. The initial storm is often the toughest, shaking your beliefs and leaving you yearning for emotional safety. You long for comfort and peace, yet fear it will never be found again. However, a part of you refuses to give up hope. I want to tell you, don’t give up. There is a way to find your path, starting with emotional safety, self-love and acceptance.

Finding Comfort in Unexpected Places

My Personal Journey with Chronic Illness Emotions

In my search, I found comfort in unexpected places. One book that came at the right time was “The Fibro Manual” by Dr. Ginevra Lipton. Then, through an incredible non-profit group, I learned how the brain’s emotional processes work, how to process my trauma, mindfulness’s true meaning, and emotional control’s importance. People in my Beautifully Broken Wellness Warriors community would agree that the first step is recognizing the need for emotional safety.

Creating a Secure Emotional Space

Techniques to Find Emotional Stability Amidst Health Issues

Creating a secure emotional space is both an art and a science. It involves learning self-compassion, adopting mindfulness practices, and embracing good and challenging days. It wasn’t always easy, and there were moments of doubt. However, over time, the emotional toolkit I built became my go-to, my safe haven. There are still moments when doubts and fears creep in, but that’s just part of the journey. Knowing how to handle those moments is the key.

Here are key components of my emotional toolkit:

  1. Painting on canvas in expressive abstract art

  2. Art journaling

  3. Emotion landscape journaling

  4. Meditation

  5. Mindfulness

  6. Therapy

  7. Physical activity

  8. Grounding in nature

The Power of Community

Benefits of Support Groups for Chronic Illness Sufferers

There’s undeniable strength in finding others who have walked a similar path and faced similar storms. The communities I became a part of were more than just support groups – they became my family. A support group or tribe, as I like to call it, that understands, supports, and stands by you, is in valuable. I am so happy that I get the pleasure of creating that for you in Beautifully Broken Wellness Warriors!

Embracing the Emotional Journey

Chronic illness is not just a physical journey. It’s an emotional odyssey that teaches, challenges, and eventually empowers. While the waves may never cease, having a safe harbor makes all the difference. If you’re on this journey, remember that you’re not alone.

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Join us in the Beautifully Broken Wellness Warriors community, where we embrace the emotional journey of living with chronic illness and support each other through the ups and downs. Together, we can find strength, resilience, and emotional safety.

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Chat soon,

Kels

 

Written by Kelsey Bornyk

My name is Kelsey Bornyk, and I am an artist, creator, chronic illness warrior, and coach who helps:

Guide female entrepreneurs to create calm, clarity and success in their business.

Transform challenges, break through barriers, and step into your power.

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