So… how has this experiment gone so far?
I’d have to say I have a way to go still in defining my limits, if it’s even possible, but I have had some positive outcomes:
- My pain levels seem to be reducing. I now average a base of 3/4 out of 10 instead of 5/6 out of 10.
- I didn’t have a major crash at Christmas. Although I think this may have more to do with listening to my body rather than sticking to my boundaries I defined in the last post.
I have definitely not stuck to the limits I originally defined because I found it too hard to stop at a set time if I was only part way through something.
As a result of this quick review of my experiment I am redefining my boundaries in a different way. Instead of focusing on set time limits I’m going to focus on using signals from my body to determine when to stop.
Examples of this include:
Physical Activities – stop when pain levels raise to a 5/6 out of 10 and rest as long as needed (this seems to be anywhere between 5 minutes and a few hours rest after activity)
Social/Mental Activities – excuse myself for a rest when I notice (or E notices) I’m no longer focusing on the conversations around me, or when my whole body begins to ache. Again, rest as long as needed.
I still have some activities that I feel I need to do at least a minimum amount of each day. This includes at least 12 minutes of yoga a day to reduce pain levels, and regular meditations throughout the day. Other than these two activities my days can now vary as needed. As long as I listen to my body and rest when necessary, I believe I can avoid crashes and attempt to reduce my symptoms.
Do you listen to what your body tells you?
How do you deal with times when you struggle between knowing you need to rest but wanting to keep doing what you’re doing?