A Belief is something you hold onto.
A Conviction is something that holds onto you.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
~~ Dale Carnegie ~~
This moment, right here, right now, wherever you are, is all that matters. This is it. Our whole lives have been leading up to every moment. Think about that: every single thing you’ve gone through in life, every high, every low, and everything in between -- it has led you to this moment. Everything that has happened in your life has led to this point.
Many who suffer from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at one time or another find themselves depressed over how they feel, the difficulties in finding effective treatment, lack of energy, the ongoing pain, or how loved ones respond to their illness. For many just being “happy” is a daily task in itself.
The most common question I hear from fellow is ”how to stay positive and deal with depression when you’re always in pain and hurting”?
Here are a few tips:
1. Keep moving.
Many suffering from these conditions find it difficult even to do the simplest of daily tasks, yet lying in bed all day doesn’t seem to help the pain and often leads to even more depression. Staying active is essential! Walking 3-5 minutes a day will keep your body active, even if it’s as simple as walking from one room to another. As you begin to feel better, increase your time slowly to 5-7 minutes and see how simply staying mobile can help with depression.
2. Stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated for even a healthy person is essential, but even more importantly for someone suffering from fibromyalgia. Make sure you drink plenty of water so that your muscles can nourish themselves and not tighten up and cause more discomfort.
3. Reach out for support.
There is a host of wonderful chat rooms and support groups that meet online and in person. Reach out to those groups that are designed specifically to help you, and allow the positive effects of simply sharing with others. You’re not alone, others have, or are experiencing similar feelings so don’t be afraid to lean on a support channel when feeling down.
4. Keep a journal.
We have all heard the power in writing down our feelings and thoughts. Make a point to write down your personal journey… the good and the bad days… and see how simply verbalizing your emotions will help you feel better.
5. Engage your higher power.
Whatever your personal beliefs are, engage your higher power for help in that moment, minute, or day. Ask your higher power for the strength to overcome your feelings of hopelessness and frustration.
6. Get educated.
Educate yourself on the treatment options available to you and get proactive in your recovery. It’s easy for many of us to wallow in the pain, but by educating yourself you will see that these conditions CAN be treated! You don’t have to suffer ongoing, talk with others who have recovered, read testimonials, and make an appointment and a goal to start recovering.
7. Re-evaluate your diet.
Diet and nutrition are key components in treating Fibro. Take a personal inventory of your diet and make sure you have eliminated sugars, white flour, caffeine, and alcohol -- all of which have a negative effect on sufferers.
Here are a few articles and helpful resources available if you would like more tips and information on dealing with depression:
- Happiness 1 - 2- 3! by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum
- Depression and Chronic Pain by WebMD
- Fibro and Fatigue Blog
Adapted from article from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Centers.
Silence is the best language for communication. It helps us understand and realise the eternal truths about the self, God and the world. In silence we are able to comprehend and express sincerely and powerfully the true values of the soul such as peace, love and joy. Silence is not the absence of thoughts but it is a state in which the mind is engaged in pure elevated thoughts that nurture these values within. The power of silence develops all mental and spiritual powers that are needed to tackle various situations successfully.
Each week (at least, every other week), I post a QOTW (Question of the Week) so you can join in and we can get to know each other better.
This week's question:
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I have so much to share and God has blessed me with so much. One of my favorite words is cherished.
- care for: be fond of; be attached to
- to treat with affection and tenderness; hold dear
- to keep fondly in mind; entertain, appreciate
- to keep or cultivate with care and affection, nurture
- to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely
- to hold or treat as dear; feel love for
- to care for tenderly; nurture
- to cling fondly or inveterately to
- to take good care of; protect
- to cling to the idea or feeling of