This should come as no surprise to anyone right? I recently decided to come off several online support groups as I personally found that commiserating with others was actually making me feel worse and very negative about my personal situation of living with this condition. That’s my personal choice and I’m sure others have felt the same on many occasions.
I’m a very positive individual and this condition has really pushed my resilience to the maximum. I use a number of techniques to help me through the tough times that I’d like to share………..
Laughing is a great free medicine and even when I’m having a flare up I have a collection of comedians that I know when I put them on to watch I’ll end up crying with laughter, this releases endorphins and increases my pain threshold.
Mindfulness Meditation; closing my eyes and deep breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth whilst undertaking a full body scan down from my head to my feet, taking in all the feelings from my body, not judging just acknowledging them and continuing to move on. I do this very slowly over about 5-10 minutes.
Mindfulness walking, no phone nothing, just walking, deep breathing and taking in the air and enjoying that particular moment, taking in the sights and sounds. Clearing my mind.
Repeating positive affirmations in my mind, out loud and even on paper, for example; I love my body, I am feeling healthier every day, I am loved, I love life, I feel great etc oh and the most important one first thing in a morning is I am going to have a great day today.
Undertaking mindfulness yoga it’s so relaxing and really helps my stiffness and pain. Search on YouTube there are loads of free workouts 👍
When I’m feeling negative and stressed all of my symptoms feel worse so it is important that I keep positive and use a wide range of techniques. What do you do? Read more about research here