Love and let go

When you or your loved one are diagnosed with a chronichealth condition it can be a huge shock and period of adjustment. You might feel overwhelmed, angry, scared and grieve for your old life where everything seemed a lot more certain or simpler.

These are all normal and natural emotions but learning to accept your new path can be difficult. Action and Commitment Therapy focuses on learning to live alongside difficult emotions, whatever is thrown our way, while working on bringing more of what you love into your life.

What's one thing that brings you joy? Just pick the first thing that pops into your head. How can you get more of that in your life? If it's something that has been affected by your health condition, what was at the core of that activity – it might be being creative, spending time with friends, trying something new or helping others. Commit in your Smile File to one way you can add more of that into your week.

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