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:
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!