Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Allowing for One Day of Self Pity!

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • No, I’m not kidding. Sometimes we all need to feel sorry for ourselves. Before you think I’ve lost my mind, let me explain.

    I’m usually a pretty upbeat, positive person. But occasionally life and these illnesses will gang up on me and I’ll find myself feeling beaten down and overwhelmed. When that happens, I throw myself a pity party.

    Like any party, it has a predetermined beginning and end. One day works best for me. I allow myself one full day to wallow in self-pity, doing whatever I feel like doing. I don’t get dressed. I may stay in bed, pull the covers over my head and wish the world would go away. I may cry or scream––whatever I need to do.
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    The trick is not to allow myself to go beyond the one day. A day of self-pity can be healthy. Several days can be destructive. It’s kind of like medicine––the right dose can cure you, too much can kill you. One day of feeling sorry for myself without feeling guilty about it is usually enough to get it out of my system. The next day I’m ready to face life again with a newfound determination.

    So the next time life and pain seems to be getting the best of you, consider throwing yourself a one-day pity party!
Published On: September 21, 2007