Everyone benefits from a little self-care, whether it’s having some rest and relaxation, or finding emotional support. And when you have a long-term condition like CML, it’s especially important to find time to unwind and do things you enjoy, as well as reaching out for support when you need it.
It can be surprisingly difficult to take a break from daily life. If you’re working and/or have family demands, such as looking after children or elderly relatives, you may have little time for yourself. When you add in hospital appointments, there’s even less time left to do things you want to do. Lots of people with CML feel very tired at times, due to the condition itself and to treatment side effects. When you’re tired, you might not have any energy to do what you enjoy.
Doing small, simple things for yourself can make a difference to your mood and energy levels. Here are some ideas – why not make your own list? That way, you won’t have to put too much effort into thinking about how to use that precious half-hour when you’re busy or don’t have much energy.
You could make the most of these opportunities to be more active or tick off something you’ve been meaning to do for a while. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
For some people, having a long-term condition like CML may bring some unexpected positives and motivate you to explore new interests or take up a hobby. Take stock of all your activities and evaluate what brings you the most satisfaction and sense of wellbeing – perhaps think about things you have always wanted to do and try them now!