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WW Question – Small Things for Wellness

I overdid it on Monday. We left the house early and went to Staples, Pet Smart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Mardel, a new bookstore that just opened in our city. We haven’t been to so many places in one day since March, and by the time we left our last store, I was worn out.

Monday night, I lay in bed for hours, unable to sleep due to pain. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I went back to bed in the middle of the day. It wasn’t because I wanted to sleep, but because I was in so much pain I couldn’t sit up anymore.

I share this to let you know that when I say I know how discouraging it can be to try to work on our wellness when we have health challenges, I really do get it.

It’s easy, when we’re feeling like this, to just give up on ever trying to do anything for our overall wellness. Our feeling may be, “It’s not going to do any good anyway, so why bother?”.

I would suggest that it’s all about quality of life. Even though we may live with an illness or pain condition that’s not going to go away, we still have our lives to live. Why not live them as well as humanly possible?

That’s where the ‘small things’ come in. Finding things we can do for our overall wellness instead of getting bogged down in what we can’t do is important. As we talked about in Ready to Give Up on Wellness, these small things are the ones that help us move forward in our Wellness journey and help us to be as well as possible, no matter where we’re starting from.

On Monday, we talked about 20 small things we can do for our wellness. Some of those things may or may not be things that would work for us personally, so let’s expand on or start our own list.

For our Wellness Wednesday question this week, let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with conversation bubble that reads, "What are some small things I can do to improve my overall wellness?

This week, let’s start building our lists of little things we can do to improve our wellbeing. Having options gives us choices: we may not feel up to doing any kind of movement, but we may be able to eat that extra serving of vegetables, or meditate, etc.

What are some of the things you’re putting on your list? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

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19 comments

  1. Great reminder. Since retiring, I do not physically move as much. My Fitbit reminds me at 10 til the house if I have not taken at least 250 steps during the current hour. I can pause the tv show and get the steps. I can close the book and get the steps. I like the reminder but I do feel defeated for the day if I let 1 hour slip past without my steps. I have to be intentional and mindful that missing one of the daytime hours does not mean I should miss the others. Hope you have a great day today.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Sarah! You bring up a great point about what so many of us deal with – feeling defeated if we don’t do things perfectly. Part of what I hope to help people see is that we don’t have to be perfect to make progress. I look forward to our chat tomorrow! Hugs!

  2. Lately, I find that I need to remember to stretch each day. This weather seems to stick in my vulnerable places and making sure I stretch the muscles helps.

  3. Wow, you did push the boat out with visiting a lot of stores – just doing one can take it out of you let alone several, so I’m not surprised you had to pay for it considerably afterwards. It’s frustrating and saddening that we have to weight up the cost and gain of doing anything, especially the enjoyable things as knowing we’re going to be exhausted and in so much pain kind of takes the fun away. Pacing is important, but sometimes you need, or want, to do more. I try to make sure I have time either side of a day where I know I’ll be particularly busy, so there’s less to stress and worry about when I’m out for the count the day after. I have snacks on hand because I know I won’t be capable of doing food, I take regular breaks in the day for 10 minutes of reading or a TV program. I use CBD rubs for muscles and keep up with my prescription painkillers. The problem for me is the guilt factor, which I can’t seem to make a dent in at all. But the little things we can do for our wellness really add up, and they’re worth doing to help us live a little more comfortably.

    Rest up, Terri. I hope you get back to baseline soon lovely (PS. Did you buy anything nice??😉) xxxx

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Caz! It looks like you have a lot of great things on your list. It really is a matter of finding what works for us and being prepared, isn’t it? I wish I could help with the guilt, sweet friend. It’s unfortunate that we feel so much guilt for things we have absolutely no control over. As far as buying anything nice, we mainly picked up some things we needed, but I did get a great hand lettering book called Super Simple Hand Lettering. I’ve been trying to learn it off and on for a couple of years, but I haven’t seemed to be able to find a book that could help me. I was beginning to think it was hopeless, but then I saw this one yesterday. I’ve been practicing some of the styles already and I think I may get the hang of it yet…😊 Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  4. I’ve done exactly the same as you and walked too far on Sunday. I’ve been in terrible pain since and can’t even sleep with the pain. The trouble is Terri, that bell that tells you to slow down never seems to ring until it’s to late. You take care and rest up as that seems to be the best medicine for most of us xx

    1. Oh Bar, I’m so sorry to hear that! You’re absolutely right about that bell. Wouldn’t it be nice if it would ring about an hour before we’re about to cross that line? I hope your pain subsides soon sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

    1. I had forgotten how much shopping takes out of me…. We’ve generally only been out to one or two places at a time during all this, but we needed things from several different stores and I didn’t want to have to go out several days this week. At least we were in most of the stores for less than 15 minutes. The bookstore was the exception, of course.😁 Sending hugs!

      1. You must be living without a flair too! That’s great! My immune system is such that I only leave the house to go to Starbucks a couple of times a week. We do drive thru and you should see the number of Clorox wipes we use before we leave the parking lot!

      2. I had a couple days’ flare, but it’s settled back down now. We’re still not really going out much either, and we make sure we have our masks on whenever we’re outside our car (or even inside if we’re going through the drive-thru). I know what you mean about the wipes too. I don’t even know how many we’ve used since all this started. 😊

  5. Wow Terri, I hope you’re feeling better as I write this. I guess the one little thing that I can work on, based on your jaunt out into the world again, is probably to take things slower. I would exactly be like you and go to all the stores that I haven’t been too since this Covid chaos; guess I would need to let my body get adjusted to going back to my normal routine if that makes any sense.

    1. Thanks so much Mark! I’m feeling much better now. What you’re saying makes perfect sense to me – I think many of us are going to have to give our bodies time to readjust to what used to be ‘normal’ for us. Stay well my friend!

  6. That was a massive day Terri! Rest up & hopefully recovery will come sooner then later 😀

    Small things for me can be;
    * listening to my classical music within my day.
    * having a quiet time
    * doing one or more things on my cleaning list (I have broken my list into baby step chores)
    * doing stretching
    * going for a drive or walk along the waterfront
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! You have some of the same things on your list that I have on mine. I WISH I could put “walk along the waterfront” to my list, but alas, I don’t live close enough.😊 Blessings to you dear friend!

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