When experiencing PASC symptoms, enjoying yourself may seem impossible. Because of your PASC symptoms, you may only be doing what is "necessary" like chores or work, but not taking time for yourself. Thus, going to work, running errands, paying bills, and taking care of cooking and cleaning are made a priority, while hanging out with friends, reading a book, spending time on your hobby, or even taking a long bath are skipped. This makes for a life that is not terribly enjoyable. For some, PASC symptoms have caused them to reconsider who they are and what they can or cannot do – this can have an impact on one's self-image and sense of purpose in life. Engaging in pleasant activities is an important part of life and important part of PASC treatment.
Enjoying yourself may seem selfish at first because you feel that you should spend your time taking care of your family, job, or chores. But what may be missing from your life is time to take care of you. Spending some time doing pleasant things may help you take control of your life by balancing your responsibilities with activities you enjoy. Think about your physical and emotional energy as batteries. When you use energy to take care of daily tasks, energy drains from your batteries. If you recharge both your physical and emotional batteries, you may be able to do more for yourself and others.
Taking time for some personal enjoyment helps to rejuvenate both the body and mind. It may also help you:
- Become distracted from your symptoms
- Improve your mood
- Connect with other people
- Add balance to your life