New Year Resolutions For Chronic Disease Sufferers

So, here marks the start of a new year and a new decade. The calendar has turned, and another 365 days of opportunities have been unlocked for all of us. Everyone makes a promise to themselves for the coming year and calls them a new year resolution. Most people make the resolution to eradicate their bad habits such as smoking, drinking, or having junk foods. 

If you are suffering from a chronic disease, you are struggling every day to lead a routine life. In this case, what resolutions should you take? 

I’ve lived with ADHD for my entire life, along with severe anemia. The condition was misdiagnosed for several years, which increased many complications. I’d even given up hope of recovery and considered it a part of my life. 

People with chronic conditions are trying to adapt to life with circumstances and bodies that hardly ever go along with us. We need our own set of resolutions to win the battle we are fighting with ourselves. 

Have a glance at ten of my best new year resolutions that helped me improve the quality of life – 

I Will Not Compare My Health With Others

By social media, we often compare our lives with others. It can make us disheartened and lose interest in life. But is it fair for us to make this sort of comparison?

Let’s say, you come across a post saying: “Doing Yoga Is A Healthy Lifestyle Choice.” But if you are suffering from a condition that affects joints, yoga can be dangerous for your health. 

Similarly, a post that claims “Say No To Fast Food!” may sometimes be unjust for the people suffering from an eating disorder. One of my friends suffering from Anorexia Nervosa loves to eat at Taco Bell for lunch; maybe it’s the only source of motivation for him to have a meal some days.

Rather than following every health tip listed on the web, you must be able to determine your own healthy choices. Even if it suggests taking a nap rather than doing exercises or yoga.

I Will Push Myself Only When My Health Permits 

“Pushing Your Limits” is considered healthy by most of the health bloggers. If you can run two miles every day, why stay limited to only a single mile? Well, that’s true for healthy people to make such drastic changes. But what about chronic disease sufferers? Getting out of their comfort zone may not be a good idea for them.

No one can feel your pain and suffering, and so you can only decide the right time and place to push your limits. 

I Will Celebrate My Victories, No Matter How Small They Are

At times when my eating disorder is behaving strangely, walking into Starbucks and ordering food is a great success. While for many others, it may be a part of their routine.

For people suffering from chronic diseases, even the littlest things can be a great achievement. Celebrate them and bring positivity to your life.

I Will View My Sufferings As An Experience

Many times we often feel intuitive that something is not right,  or our bodies are not functioning normally.

You have expertise over your body, and you have the right to advocate it when things do not get in line. Use previous experience, knowledge from various online resources and determine the probable cause for your concern. 

I Will Take Proper Rest

Most people in the United States Of America consider “more rest” as disreputable. They have a belief that something as simple as a nap is for lazybones, and not for productive people. 

I, being a chronic disease patient, require more rest to function correctly. So, this year I’ve decided to be kinder to myself and stick by my sleep routine, no matter what opinions other people make. 

Rejoice the fact that you’re listening to your body and respecting what it requires. 

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I Won’t Be Sorry For Being Honest About My Pain And Sufferings

Living with a chronic condition is not easy. Some people face challenges moving or can’t walk at all without supportive equipment.

Many people feel stressed out to put up a happy brave face for social media. It is very exhausting to appear brilliantly motivational. 

I believe that there’s no point in faking our feelings. Be honest with yourself and the world. For instance, if you are going for a medical procedure, it’s reasonable to be afraid. The right people are going to be there for you, no matter what.

When you’ve fibromyalgia, and you are experiencing painful sensations all through the body, how do you feel when people criticize?

Some may say what’s the point of using a wheelchair while you can walk on your own. Replying to such comments and trying to correct them is unavailing. 

So, make a promise that you will not get into such conversations and get distressed. 

I Will Not Forget My Friends

Some people get so peeved with their pain that they often overlook the importance of spending time with their friends. They may not always call you or invite you to their place, thinking that it will worsen your condition. You need to take responsibility and work on the relationship with your friends. Of course, there are “so-called friends” who ditch you whenever you need them the most. That’s the reason why it is said that chronic ailments teach who your real friends are.


These suggestions were based on my life and experiences. Use them according to your health needs and make the coming year beautiful. May this year bring you good health, wealth, and happiness. Good luck and happy new year.

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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.