…”Learning to Adjust to Life’s “adjustments”
Over the last two months and my recent “diagnosis” of Fibromyalgia from my doctor, I’ve had to learn to “adjust.”…
..My mind is always going… I have idea after idea – and I want to do all of these ideas. I am always in “create mode.” The problem is – I think my mind is too fast for this physical body that my soul resides in. And since this diagnosis… I have had to relearn balance – relearn how to relax…
… While there is no magic pill to help deal with yet another ailment to add to my list – there is a way I can alter the way I’ve been going about my day…and perhaps – by doing so – maybe I can improve other things that I suffer from as well…
For anyone who suffers from chronic pain and exhaustion, here are some things I’ve learned in the past couple of months – that actually have been difficult for me (while to some – it may come quite easy)…
1. REST … I’ve had to learn – that it is okay to rest (this has been difficult for me). It doesn’t mean that I am lazy. I am trying to get into the habit of resting in between each activity throughout my day. Thankfully, I work where I can go home at lunch, and rest for a bit and then go back to work to get through the afternoon. Before covering a council meeting for the paper – I rest. If I need to rest after work for a bit before doing anything in the evening… I do it.
2. Peppermint is awesome. I’ve used peppermint essential oils a lot lately. I use it in my diffuser and topically. It is great for pain – and for headaches.
3. Menthol is refreshing. This is used in a few other pain relievers that I use… It is cool, smells a bit “mediciney” but..it is wonders for pain.
4. Journaling. Writing down how you feel is a great way to relieve stress and tension.
5. It’s okay to say no...and it’s okay to need quiet time to yourself. (I have had trouble with this too)…..
6. Learning balance in your life… Whether that means adjusting your schedule or even your diet (which I am going to try starting next month). I think sometimes in our lives – we just need to learn balance to help us deal with change.
My goal is to not need a prescription to deal with this new “adjustment” in my life…. I’d rather not call it a “disease” or a “problem,” yet – an adjustment… Because then it gives me a reason to fight… and a motivation to make things better….
Thank you for reading…. I hope perhaps that this post might have inspired you.