By looking at the big picture, I mean looking outside your own life at the many positive things which are happening in the world. Appreciating how brilliantly people can cope with all sorts of challenges. Remembering, but not dwelling on the fact that there are many worse off than you. I do not mean to undermine the seriousness of your situation. Any ongoing illness is serious, and the experience can be absolutely horrible. What I mean is that by looking outside your situation, you can help to gain a more positive perspective.
I volunteer with an organisation called Starjam, which tutors young people with disabilities in music and performing arts. I am constantly amazed by the strength and resilience of the young people I work with, and this helps to give me strength and resilience.
Some ways of looking at the big picture include: volunteering with an organisation, which, if you're well enough, can be an incredible opportunity; following a blog or website about someone overcoming a challenge, or doing something positive; following social media sites of charitable organisations, which will share pictures and stories of the hope they provide to others, and; helping a friend or family member to deal with a problem, or simply listening to, and focusing on them. By doing any of these, you will start to look outside yourself, and in doing so will gain skills and inspiration to use in your own illness journey.
How can you look at the bigger picture? Do you find that focusing on something outside yourself helps with your struggles?