It sounds cliche...but it works for me...taking one day at a time.
I'm somewhat used to pain, I've lived with it for a long time. Finding ways to distract
myself from the pain is routine. When I'm flaring I try to keep my mind occupied so
I'm not dwelling on how bad I feel. I had to find new activities to replace the ones
I can no longer do. Keeping myself active as I can is important.
My hubby is at work during the day, so I make it a point to see my friends during the
week. If I'm flaring I can't do all day shopping trips but I can do lunch. Making time
for exercise, flare or not helps too. If I got paid for everytime I wrote about deep
breathing and meditation, I'd be rich....relaxation therapy helps me.
Writing is an outlet for my emotions so I write poetry often and it helps keep my mind
off pain. There are days that I will feel overwhelmed and feel like I'm riding on an
emotional rollercoaster, but they pass just as flares do. Somedays I do have a good
cry and it does feel good to get it all out. I'd rather laugh though and try to find the
humor in things.
I still love life... I know I can still be happy but believing I could was my first step
towards acceptance of chronic illness.
Hoping that your flare is short lived and you feel better soon. Sending gentle hugs!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid. OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements