Thursday, February 24, 2011

Daily Goals Getting me Through

I wrote on Sunday in my post, Chronic Illness Blues and My Plan, about what I was going to do to help my emotional/spiritual health and my physical stamina as my Migraines and especially my Meniere's attacks have kept me pretty immobile and have been draining my stamina.

I am so glad I wrote out that plan because it has helped me to strive for those things. Every day since, I have read, written in my journal, prayed and reached out to the chronic illness community. I added a book by Joni Eareckson Tada More Precious Than Silver: 366 Daily Devotional Readings that I also read from. Reading from different books has daily brought me out of my funk. I've written in my journal even on days I did not think I had anything to say and I have been surprised at the emotion that has poured itself onto the page! I have a lot going on inside that I was not acknowledging. I started contributing to MyMigraineConnection Forum again after a nine month break. I also joined another chronic illness community Chronic Babe and have already had some great discussions with women with a variety of illnesses. One thing I want to do more of is devote more time to praying. I say sentence prayers here and there, but I have not been giving it the actual time and space that I used to.  As Dr. Paul Brand wrote in his book, The Gift of Pain,
Prayer helps me cope with pain by moving my mental focus away from a fixation on my body's complaints. As I pray, nourishing the life of the spirit, my tension level goes down and my consciousness of pain tends to recede.
As far as my physical stamina goes, I re-started  Gentle Tai Chi. I know this routine so well that I could do it in my sleep. Actually in the summer, I go outside and do it in my back yard as I find it especially relaxing with the warmth of the sun shining down on me. On Monday, I did part of the routine seated. On Tuesday, I did part of the routine standing. And yesterday and today,  I completed the full routine standing! I've also managed to fold some laundry. Small things that are huge victories! I cannot wait to get on the treadmill, but before that happens I have to work on getting up and down the stairs.

At first, when I wrote the blog about my chronic illness blues, I was only going to vent and not create a plan. But as I wrote, I realized I needed a plan and writing it out helped to keep me motivated. Having a plan has given me structure and goals to get through my day, and this has actually helped my emotional health even more.

1 comment:

  1. This is amazing! I'm so thankful that you are receiving emotional benefits that you didn't even think you would receive. How wonderful! It so great that you were able to to Tai Chi for 4 days in a row (and the last two days were standing!). Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    Hugs to you! Lisa