Well I’m sat on the train on my way back from London. It’s a 2 hour train ride and a 15 minute bus journey to the 2 London offices. It’s only Tramadol that’s took the pain levels from 8/10 to a 6/10. My whole lower spine, upper back and shoulders (where I had my rucksack) right hip, groin and leg are hurting real bad. I also feel like I have flu as I have that achy feeling all over. I felt my stress levels increase as I sat in the train as I was in so much pain, I also felt the stress increase the pain in my back.
Mindfulness has taught me to concentrate on the ‘now’ I mean this will pass, just let the negative thoughts come and go and scan my body and surroundings and enjoy the moment.
I undertook 2 mindfulness sessions on my headspace app as it doesn’t need Internet access so dodgy train signals won’t disturb me and my stress levels have reduced. The Tramadol has took the edge off the pain and I’m enjoying writing this blog, looking at the sunshine and the fact my dad is collecting me in an hour with my daughter and hopefully my mum.
Tonight will consist of rest, heat and my daughter will warm up my food my husband has left me already cooked in the fridge as he is working away.
What this experience has taught me is that I am not yet strong enough to travel to London but 4 months ago I did not have the strength to even contemplate it.
So when you have a bad day remember how far you’ve come and let it guide you to where you’ll be in another 4 months.
I have been using this app now for 18 days, please see the site here. It is a fantastic app and I would highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your health. I am a big daydreamer and unfortunately due to the nature of my health I tend to twist my daydreaming round to negative thoughts. Or I daydream off to try to resist pain. Headspace uses mindfulness meditation to not distract from or resist our pain but completely the opposite.
The company formed by the 2 gentlemen above, more info click here is used you top athletes and Wall Street stars. Mindfulness meditation is nothing new but it’s only been recent times that more people are realising that the mind is more powerful than the body, after all your mind controls your body, good and bad times. Your brain controls how we feel pain, which comes from signals from the nervous system. Fir be if I look after my mind I’m looking after my body.
I qualified as a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner about 3 years ago now, read about NLP here so I was well aware of how powerful the kind could be. I helped people stop smoking and even lose 3/4 stone in weight, amongst many more bad habits. But when I got ill with my back I stepped away.
Never again will I neglect my mental health, because if I get that right the physical health will fall into place.
Can Fibromyalgia be cured with the mind? Who knows!! But I believe it can be controlled by it and more importantly I can live with Fibro quite comfortably. No I am not quite there yet but when I do get there I will help you too