Friday, 4 September 2015

Slow Down but Do Not Stop


This is my top tip for anyone with Fibromyalgia or another chronic pain/fatigue condition.
It relates to our physical movement, but also to our mental exercise and our goals/ambitions.
For instance, I may not be able to run or horseride now, but I do walk my dogs/attempt to keep up with the housework.  I am also constantly learning about new things and continuing with my journey towards taking over the world with Tarot Farm!
Pacing is incredibly important/vital for us (I will be doing another blog post with advice on pacing, so subscribe today to receive updates).
I have always been active (both physically and mentally - I am naturally curious and enjoy physical movement, especially outside), which in some ways helps me with my life after my diagnosis.  However, it can also be incredibly difficult to accept that my life has changed so much.  I get jealous when I see others out riding their horses, and I cannot bring myself to throw out my running shoes.
Having a new challenge in your life, when you have been forced to abandon so much, is another vital step.  I have done a lot - bought a young donkey (always wanted a donkey of my own and knew that if I didn't do it now, then it may never happen), started Tarot Farm and really thrown myself into social media/blogging - but perhaps it will be something a lot simpler for you.  Is there a craft you have always wanted to try?  Would you like to clear a small part of your garden and grow some vegetables?  Read some of the books on your list?  Bake a cake for the first time?
It is your choice.  Start today.
Ali x