It is very difficult not to focus on the negative moments that you battle each day but, these negative thoughts can then contribute to your overall emotional state and make the pain even harder to work through which I can personally vouch for. One of the main points I took away from listening to the speakers today was that little steps are bigger than none. As I’m sure many of you have been told time and time again, exercise can have a positive impact on your life, not just physically but, mentally. However, as chronic pain can make exercise difficult and limit what you can do, today we were told to only do as much as you feel able to do and that you don’t have to do it all in one go. On a day where you have a flare up or are having a rest day, a few key movements such as moving your legs or lifting your arms depending on what you are comfortable with can have more benefits than downsides. Many people. Myself included, are scared of exercise, as they worry that in our condition, it can do more damage but, as much as we can’t decipher how our pain and fatigue will be affected, exercise is proven to improve your mood and well-being.
After months of coming to terms with my condition, pushing myself too hard and beating myself up over not feeling that I am doing anything, today has taught me to listen t my body and take one step at a tie. My condition isn’t going away and working towards looking after my body better will be a lot easier than trying to fight against it. It can be very isolating when your body wants to work against you than with you but, knowing that there will always be people there or me on my good days and there to pick me up on my bad, puts me in a better mindful position.
The moment that warmed my heart the most was witnessing the support from my loved ones. They all made the effort to travel out to the event with me, bought merchandise to support the cause and looked after me every step of the way.