Airport travel is challenging enough, but the challenges multiply when traveling with a chronic condition.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
I love traveling. Or at least the part where you actually get somewhere and you can relax, sightsee, visit with friends or family, or whatever is on the agenda. The actual part where you’re sitting in an airport, on a plane, or in a car isn’t always the most pleasant or comfortable these days.
I can’t remember the last time I had an entire trip that had “smooth sailing” when flying with our airlines. Flight delays due to weather or mechanical issues, crew changes, dumping fuel, refueling, scheduling and logistics issues all wreak havoc on your ability to get somewhere on time. Three times this past year I have been rerouted to another city because one of these things. And now I am preparing to head to Florida just days after Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall with storms expected at home when I leave.
Airport travel is challenging enough between allotting enough time to get through security and arriving before your actual scheduled flight time. Add to that an illness, injury, a chronic condition, or fibromyalgia, and the challenges multiply. Will I be having a flare? Will my back or leg pain act up? So how does one manage travel delays and stressful times when you have a chronic condition?
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You cannot drink from an empty cup.
Persons with living fibromyalgia are usually on the receiving end of caregiving. So it becomes a bit of a challenge when they become the caregiver. Sometimes the only energy you have is that which carries you through the day, and have no spoons left for anyone else. So how does one cope with a flare and self-care when presented with the challenging of caring for somebody else?
Continue reading “Caregiver TLC: 7 Tips for Self-Care”
We all need to believe in something, so why not believe in yourself. Confidence is contagious.
Yes, working hard is important. But success comes from the belief that you can accomplish anything.
We all deal with setbacks or failures, have to overcome obstacles, and sometimes face adversities. But how you face those obstacles and the attitude that carries you through the day can help you reach your goals.
So don’t let those negative thoughts take over. Positive thoughts and attitudes, self-confidence and the belief that you can do it will yield positive results.
Take a deep breath and exhale those negative thoughts.
Just a little #WellnessWednesday reminder that sometimes you just need to breathe. Take a deep breath in, and then let it go slowly, exhaling all of those negative thoughts and negative energy.
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We all have moments of self-doubt and fear. Learning to trust our instincts will help us conquer those fears. Just like the children’s story about the little engine that could, think you can, and you will! “Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.”
So put those fears aside and go with your gut instinct. Sometimes we all need a little kick in the pants to recognize what we already know to be true. Believe in yourself and you can be living the life of your dreams.
You have the power to decide whether to let the pain control you, or you control the pain and its effect on you.
If you could change one thing in your life to ease your pain, what would it be? Diet? Exercise? A new doctor or the latest medication, perhaps? I believe the single biggest factor in helping ourselves is our attitude. Diet, exercise, and life style choices are great too, but you have to have the proper mindset for those things to work. Continue reading “Change Your Mindset – Ease Your Pain”
Habit building is a journey; it doesn’t happen over night.
It has been said that “Motivation is what gets you started, and Habit is what keeps you going.” So I wanted to do a quick check-in after my 30 Day Challenge back in April, to let you know that my habits are still going strong. The challenge was a personal development series to re-establish some habits of mine that had slipped. My personal journey was successful, as 60 days later:
- I am still writing in my daily gratitude journal
- I am still practicing yoga daily
- I am still logging my food daily
- I am sleeping better
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock
The results of all of this?
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