Life is not perfect and we all have those days that have torn a heart or two. Days where some tears are shed and those are a part of life. The old expression ” you always have your health.”, may not apply to you as well but there are many blessings yet to come.
Chronic pain and fatigue plagues many of the new friends I have met, all of which are dealing with some condition(s) that is/are deemed chronic or degenerative in nature. There are many options in the treatment of these conditions that do not require the use of medications or painful procedures.
We are living in blessed times, the possibilities are endless but attitude is one area we can change. With any illness, one’s mental outlook on life must remain positive and upbeat. Reading inspirational books or using a daily reader, such as my soon to be published ” Little Bursts Of Inspiration” for person’s with chronic conditions that include pain and fatigue such as Fibromyalgia, IBS, and person’s dealing with cancer can allow us to view things differently..
Listening to relaxing music can be very therapeutic in helping most of us relax and calm our bodies and minds.
Physical exercise that is appropriate for you, such as: yoga or walking helps keep the body limber and releases endorphins that tend to raise one’s spirit. Simple stretching exercises for people that are confined to a wheelchair or not able to walk can be beneficial in alleviating tension in our bodies.
A wide variety of treatments are available for healing such as: herbal preparations, reiki, reflexology, massage therapy, & psychotherapy to deal with life changes and situational factors many of us now face. Don’t do it alone, try a few things and find ones that work for you. We are all different so keep an open mind and give them a try.
Prayer can be a powerful resource, by asking God to give us the strength to cope with the pain or for his healing. I say “God is healing me”, several times a day. Even if you are not a religious person or a spiritual person, you can still verbally announce that : “I am healing everyday, my condition is getting better, I am no longer in pain.” Positive affirmations combined with relaxiation music can be a good way to start and end your day.
One can never underestimate stress as a factor in exacerbating pain or fatigue. What the mind thinks can greatly influence one’s level of pain and fatigue. I recall having a day in which the pain in my knee was brutal and laughing at something my dog Molly did and how that release made the pain subside. Laughter has been proven to improve our moods and it is hard to be mad or sad when you are smiling.
Emotions can be lethal with any of the aforementioned conditions. When we listen to what our body tells us there is usually a story behind it. Guilt, shame, anger, fear & loneliness are all feelings many of us have faced. Many of us are not working or having to work less, putting more strain on our relationships. Maybe we lack the energy to spend time with our friends and loved ones. We may find we feel alone with our friends and partners at work all day. Whatever is eating you up, confront it and talk to your family about it. Fear is worry and worry is not a great place to live either. Worry will fatigue you and cause you physical pain and can lead to anything from headaches to body aches, to insomnia. We may not even be aware of how tense we are until we lay down to sleep at night. Like my yoga instructor, Sharon tells me “Breathe” and she is so right! I don’t deep breathe as much as I should as I am often tense but I am learning just as we all are.
Last, but not least go with the flow, somedays will be worse than others but use these as opportunities to rest and rejuvenate. Keep a positive outlook because the sun will shine again and you will always have better days.
The following excerpts were taken from “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann (c) 1927
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.