This article from aeon magazine, suggests that learning to live with a chronic illness requires “psychological flexibility”.
“Psychological flexibility is the idea that we need to be present with what is happening right now, free of judgment, and to respond in a way that moves us forward rather than getting stuck in the emotions or feelings of the moment – anger, frustration, sadness, pain and so forth.”
Specific concepts suggested include:
- Be the thinker, not the thought.
- Be open to acceptance.
- Stay present.
- Be here now, not there then.
- Know what matters.
Read the full article here: https://aeon.co/essays/it-takes-psychological-flexibility-to-thrive-with-chronic-illness