living our best life – physical activity

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Welcome friends and thank you very much for stopping by today.  This week my question has to do with physical acitivity.  This is a tough area for many people with chronic illness since there are some that respond poorly to exercise.  No matter what  illness label you hold, fatigue is always a side effect making exercise something that takes a lot will power to overcome the desire to climb back into bed.

We read, watch, and are told that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle which can lead to guilt and disappointment when we cannot participate in the physical activities that we were once able to enjoy.

So, this week’s question is, What physical movement do you participate in? 

Over the years I have been able to do as little as, yay! I walked up and down the stairs today or to the mailbox.  Currently I am able to take my dog on a short walk, walk in the park, get on the treadmill or exercise bike but have discovered that 30 minutes is about my limit or I pay for it the next day.

Please take a moment to share what works for you.  I am sure many of us are looking for new ways to move our bodies.  Thank you!

 

  • We are not providing any medical advice, only ideas of what works for us.

10 ways to pamper yourself if you have a little cash

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Everyone loves a little pampering now and then.  I mean who doesn’t love to be treated special?  It is my humble opinion, every person with chronic illness is extra special and deserves to be spoiled.

Here are 10 ways you can pamper yourself if you have saved enough cash to do so.  (Putting stuff on credit cards causes stress and completely undoes the benefit of the pampering!)

  1.     A professional manicure.  Once this is done, it is so much easier for you to       keep your nails looking nice.
  2.      A professional pedicure.  This is my favorite treat.  I save up money over the winter so I can afford a pedicure once sandal season is upon us.
  3.      A  massage.  Who doesn’t love to get a massage?  Super relaxing and the health benefits are undeniable.
  4.      Buy a new article of clothing.  Make sure it is something comfortable and fits now.  You don’t want to have to wait to break it in……….just in case it doesn’t.
  5.      A hair cut.  A fresh new look can give you a huge moral boost.
  6.      Purchase an item that will make your life easier.  It could be an appliance for the kitchen to make meal prep easier, to a rolling laundry hamper so you don’t have to carry laundry to and fro.
  7.     A new pair of shoes.  New shoes adds cushion to your walk and can make you feel more light.  Who doesn’t love to feel like your walking on air?
  8.      A night away.  Sometimes just getting out of the house and immersing yourself in another location can uplift your spirits.  A change of scenery can be good for the soul.
  9.      Go out to eat at a nice restaurant, who doesn’t love having someone else prepare a meal and take care of the clean up afterwards?
  10.       A purchase something that will give you an emotional lift such as a new book, CD, DVD, makeup, lotion or a pretty throw pillow for your bed.

Don’t forget to save up for these and use a coupon if able.  No need to spend more than necessary.  And hey, maybe you will save enough to do something else nice for yourself!

 

quotes to inspire you to take care of yourself!

 

 

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It is important for everyone to take good care of him/herself.  But for those of us with chronic illnesses, it is vitally important.  Our days can be are filled with pain, discomfort, anxiety, loneliness, sadness, brain fog, confusion, appointments, and the fear of the unknown.  It is a lot for one person to handle and because of this, self-care is something that needs to be high on every CI persons’ list.

Please take a moment to read the quotes below.  It is my hope that they inspire you to make yourself a priority and encourage you to go do something nice for yourself!

 

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”

–  Lalah Delia

 

“Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”

–  Unknown

 

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”

–  Benjamin Franklin

 

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

–  Unknown

 

“Sometimes the most important thing in the whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

–  Etty Hillesum

 

“If compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

–  Jack Kornfield

 

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”

–  Christopher Germer

 

“How do you define taking care of yourself?  Create a new self-care practice today.  Observe your comfort level when it comes to being good to yourself.  Discomfort is a wise teacher.”

–  Caroline Myss & Peter Occhiogrosso

 

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries.  Your time and energy are precious.  You get to choose how to use it.  You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.

–  Anna Taylor

 

“A merry heart doeth good like medicine:  but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

–  KJV Proverbs 17:22

 

“Self-care is not selfish.  You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

–  Eleanor Brown

 

“Self-love, my liege, is not so vile as sin, as self-neglecting.”

–  William Shakespeare

 

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority.  It’s necessary.”

–  Mandy Hale

 

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.”

–  Kristin Neff

 

“Self love is asking yourself what you need – everyday – and then making sure you receive it.”

–  Unknown

 

“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy.  This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits.”

–  Kim McMillen

 

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

–  Jean Shinoda Bolen

 

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”

–  Lolah Delia

 

“Get rid of the weeds and foster the flowers.”

–  Charlotte Mason

 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”

–  Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Happiness is the highest form of health.”

–  Dalai Lama

 

“Self-care is taking care of yourself in a tender, loving way every single day.  Self-care is making sure you get what you need every day to thrive.”

–  Amy Kurtz

 

“You are worth every moment you spend taking care of yourself.”

–  simplywendi

 

Hopefully one of the quotes has inspired you to look for ways to be good to yourself every day!

When I find a saying that speaks to me, I like to write it down on an index card and place it in a location where I will see it often, like at my kitchen window.  Who doesn’t need daily inspiration?

……….Until next time, YOU are a superhero and superheros need to take care great of themselves!