A lot of the time I’m super hesitant to let anyone know that I am having a better day.
Most people forget that my illness is chronic. They see me laughing, smiling and genuinely enjoying my day and make the assumption that I’m permanently better. But what they are seeing is just one good day. They don’t see the really terrible days and thus I get nervous that they think I can go out, party, and spend my energy like they do on the daily. Comment below if you can relate to this.
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Left the house feeling cute, thinking about my new urban decay eyeliner (obsessed), and what kind of coffee I was gonna have (is it too soon for peppermint mocha?), when some rando hops on the elevator, gives me the up-down🧐and in the most pitying voice you can imagine asks, “is it painful?”. You know the type.
Suddenly I’m reminded I look pathetic to some. Doesn’t matter if I’m having a good hair day or my outfit’s on point. Some will only ever see me as sick/something to be sad about.
I can’t control the identities others wanna project onto me. I can’t even set this one person straight in a 17 second elevator ride. Yeah, MS is hard, but don’t feel sorry for me. You don’t know my life. Pity and compassion are not the same thing, and your pity sucks. #thisisms
One simple message can make all the difference to someone’s day 🙌
Take the time today to check in on someone - whether that’s your parents, a friend, a work colleague, a sibling, the person who serves you in the shop, the bus driver - it doesn’t matter who it is or how it’s done, simply someone asking how you are can be enough to make you feel valued, worthy and cared about. ✨
And it’s so easy to do! If we all made the habit of checking in on one person each day then imagine the difference we could make! ✨
How are you doing today? Has someone made the time to check in on you? 💕
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"chronic pain is no joke. and it's every day waking up not knowing how you're going to feel." - LG
be gentle with people, not all illnesses are visible & sometimes even getting out of bed can be a struggle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
have a happy week, P xx
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Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.
Exercise is incredibly important for our bodies. There is a direct link between increased physical activity and a reduction in risk of chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, depression, and anxiety. But what happens when you have a chronic condition that limits your ability to exercise?
You do what you can.
Some days that means the mental health benefits outweigh the potential flare.
Just do it with moderation. Listen to your body. Modify when you have to. Stop if your body is telling you it can't handle it.
For me today I needed the boost to my mental health. I'd already pushed myself too far just working. I've been feeling so frustrated and down being trapped in my own home. I was already out of the house; already overexposed. So long as I didn't trigger a bad vocal chord dysfunction attack I figured I could deal with using the last of my energy. A 3km walk to finish off my work day was done.
My resting heart rate is usually below 60bpm. The fact that a 30min walk on the treadmill had such an impact shows the overload my system is under just to function. Perhaps I shouldn't have pushed it.. but as I'm curled up in bed, wrecked, I get to remind myself I DID some things today.
“The benefits of exercise on mental health include: improved memory, focus and thinking skills; improved sleep; reduced stress and anxiety; and prevention against depression and other mental health conditions. It also incorporates the opportunity to be social with others and can be a handy distraction tool from negative thoughts.” from ESSA article "Exercise Your Mood"
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☀️ Hello Monday ☀️ Whatever is going on in your life today, take the time to slow down and take a step back in you need to.
Rest if you need to.
Cry if you need to.
Shout and smile and laugh and appreciate what you have that keeps you positive.
No tears over here today (yay!) just grateful for my friends and family and that the sun is shining xx