Saturday, February 13, 2016

Weekly Inspiration: The Joy of Celebrations

My latest article for ProHealth's Inspiration Corner, The Joy of Celebrations, was published last week just in time for a wonderful season of small occasions perfect for chronic illness-sized mini celebrations. Celebrating these special days brings unexpected joy into otherwise routine days, especially in the dreary days of winter. Check out the article for lots of specifics on how we celebrate and how you can, too, regardless of your physical condition.

This weekend is perfect for this article because Sunday is Valentine's Day! It doesn't matter if you are alone or with a spouse, partner, or friend, you can still celebrate this day devoted to love. It doesn't need to be focused on romantic love - celebrate love for your friends, your family, your parents, your children, or even your pets! Change into red pajamas (I will definitely be wearing my heart socks and heart earrings) and with the help of your loved ones, hang some hearts on the walls or windows, watch some love-centric movies (again, any kind of love), or read a wonderful novel about different kinds of love (here's a list of my favorites). And don't forget the chocolate!
Our Valentine's Day treats

We'll have both of our young adult sons home tomorrow morning (a rarity), so we're having strawberry-chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and we have little goodie bags for each of them filled with treats (an old tradition at our house). My older son, who has ME/CFS along with 3 tick infections and battles chronic yeast overgrowth, has sugar-free peanut butter cups and extra-dark chocolate in his bag. We'll also hang hearts in their doorways like we did when they were little (though it won't be much of a surprise because they will both be up later than us tonight!).

Enjoying chocolate fondue on Valentine's Day
And if you miss celebrating Valentine's Day, there are plenty of other opportunities coming up to add some special joy to your life - St. Patricks' Day, First Day of Spring, Easter, Cinco de Mayo...even President's Day on Monday! And when there are no special occasions coming up and you are in need of a celebration, make up your own or check out this list of Special Days. Who knew that today was Tortellini Day and Wednesday is Random Acts of Kindness Day (and next Saturday is Handcuff Day - huh)?

Everyone could use a little extra joy in their lives, especially those of us living within the restrictions of chronic illness every day. It doesn't take much effort to make any day a special occasion and a reason to celebrate!

Check out the suggestions in the article and tell me - how do YOU celebrate the small stuff?


Jenni Wojtowicz said...

I just discovered your blog. I too have been a many-year sufferer of CFS/ME. I've had it for most of my life. I so needed that reminder to plan out celebrations along the way. Even if I have to scale things back, we can still celebrate. Thank you for the reminder!

Sue Jackson said...

Welcome to my blog, Jenni! I'm glad you found me and very glad that my latest post reminded you to celebrate. I do cover things like treatment & research here, but I have a strong focus on finding joy in every day. Nice to "meet" you!

I am also on FB and Twitter - there are links in the lefthand column.


Tanya @ Moms Small Victories said...

Handcuff day had me laughing. I guess it's a good thing it doesn't fall on Valentine's Day :)

Strawberry chocolate chip pancakes sounds like a great breakfast! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

Sue Jackson said...

There are all sorts of weird "special" days designated!

Strawberry Chocolate Chip pancakes are Jamie's favorites - incentive to come home! And, yes, real buttermilk pancakes with all the gluten & casein & lactose we could eat! lol