The end of summer is always a bittersweet time. On the one hand, you’re sad to see the sunshine go. But on the other hand, you’re excited about all the cool autumn activities that await you.
For people with chronic illnesses, though, the end of summer can be extra tough. The long days and warm weather can be a major challenge when your body is already feeling taxed. If you’re struggling with chronic illness during this time of year, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
This journal prompt is designed to help you reflect on your summer and identify what worked well for you and what didn’t. Use it as an opportunity to start building strategies for dealing with fall symptoms. I hope this prompt helps you out!
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FYI- This is a deep dive journal prompt. Meaning that it is not expected to be finished in one sitting. Take your time and address it a little each day this week.
End of Summer Prompt
Depending on the illness, summer may be the time of year when you feel your best. Or it could be the worst season of the year! The end of summer may signal a reduction or an increase in pain for some chronic illness patients.
What does the end of summer signify for you and your chronic illness life?
Is the season ending with a sense of accomplishment or feeling like you are further behind? Are you relieved, excited, anxious, or fearful of what the end of summer means for your physical health?
Think about your summer activities. Did you do everything you wanted? Do you feel that you did too much or not enough? And how did that affect your chronic illness?