When Our Chronically Ill Bodies Say “Rest,” Why Don’t We ?

Toni Bernhard J.D.

By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today


Most people who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) benefit from scheduling at least one rest period into their day because it helps keep symptoms from flaring.

I’ve learned from experience and from the thousands of people who’ve written to me that taking a “time out” by pausing to rest is one of the hardest challenges we face. It takes discipline, that’s for sure. (I also recognize that some people who are chronically ill have to keep working outside the home, and so don’t have the option to rest. My heart goes out anyone in this situation.)

For those of us who do have the option, the challenges posed by the need to rest differ depending on whether we’re with others or we’re alone. I’ll take up each separately.


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