Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I Feel Better When I'm Dancing!

Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
With chronic illness, and in my case with chronic illnesses that are disabling, staying moving both physically and emotionally are extremely important. Moving forward, no matter how fast or how slow is vital to living a fulfilled life with chronic illness.

My movement of choice is dancing. I feel better when I'm dancing. Although George and I grew up dancing and know how to ballroom dance, I have the most fun when we are dancing with abandon.  If you want to laugh at some crazy nerds dancing with abandon, check out the Wahle Warriors' Vlog below. You might just find your toe tapping. Or *gasp* you may even get up and dance with us!



I promised to share bonus information here about the videos that I don't share anywhere else. Here you go!

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This video combines dancing from April, August and September 2017. April 2017 was the first time I had felt good enough to dance in a long time which made it extra-sweet.

 In August, I was really not feeling well physically or emotionally and dancing can change my mood. You can see how much my body language changes from the beginning to the end.

In September, I talk about the "Stand" notification on my Apple watch that happens 10 minutes before every hour.  I use this reminder to physically move whenever possible. If I cant' stand up, I move my arms, if I can't move my arms, I do some diaphragmatic breathing which slows down my heart rate and makes me feel better on the whole. If I CAN stand, I do and it is even better when I dance.

Although I take life one tiny step at a time, I focus on moving no matter how challenging it is. Dance is my preferred method. I also stretch, do physical therapy exercises and on rare occasions Tai Chi or Pilates. How about you?

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you do to keep moving with chronic illness?

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-Kelly

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