I don't like to dwell on the situation I'm in, or the bad moments. In fact I don't see myself as any different than who I was 2 years ago. I live my life as normal as possible for a secluded 24 year old with a chronic illness. I take my good moments & talk about them, capture them in photos etc. I want those to be my memories.
When you feel bad it's easy to get wrapped up in it. I have a lot of nervous energy when I go through tougher symptoms, but I channel it in 10 different places. I'll turn the tv on, have my laptop out, and be on my phone playing a game.. All at once. It's ADD at its finest, but one thing won't take my mind off how bad I feel. I need to channel it multiple places & keep my mind occupied.
And the one thing I can't stress enough is keeping the "distractions" POSITIVE. There are a few amazing Lyme support groups. There's also a few filled with depressing posts that will bring the calmest person to their knees in anxiety. I know these people just need an outlet to vent, but it's not a place for me. Always ask yourself if this distraction is doing anything good for you. That has helped me a great deal. I've also downloaded a few bible study apps on my phone I do at bedtime so I go to bed with a clear mind.
Balancing being normal & dealing with Lyme is no easy task, but so far I have avoided any major panic attacks worrying about it. I go for swims, have bbq's with my family, take my dog for a walk, give myself manicures, do crafts etc. All the things I love. In my mind I'm as normal as can be :) Your close family & friends will let you vent, & then once it's out you have to pick yourself up & say "okay, let's take on today."