Sunday, February 03, 2013
It hasn't been easy to even think of goals this year. I'm experiencing a major flare-up of fibromyalgia symptoms including debilitating fatigue. As the weeks go on and the symptoms continue it becomes difficult to plan ahead. (And I'm not mentioning the incredible brain drain that accompanies having chronic pain and lack of sleep -- oh, wait - I just did mention it. When fog gets in your brain everything gets confused. )
So for the next few weeks I want to focus on supportive strategies to keep me as functional as possible.
First is sleep. I just got a new model C-PAP machine which should help me get the best quality sleep I can. My pain actually increases when I don't sleep well.
Next is exercise. I plan to go to special fibro exercise sessions 3 times per week. They are gentle but very effective in helping me keep moving.
My eating feels out of balance. I don't feel like cooking, sometimes I don't feel like eating and then other times I eat everything that isn't nailed down. I plan to focus on drinking water and eating veggies. I'm also looking for new recipes so I'll be more motivated to cook.
And I want to maintain connection with friends. It's been necessary to stop most of my social activities and I have been so exhausted it has been hard to reply online even. But I know how important it is for me to remain in touch - even on the less than wonderful days. I plan to check-in each day and I hope you'll help me keep the friendship line open. : )