Oh, the changes I’ve seen…

I couldn’t help but make the title a little bit dramatic, because although I am seeing great changes in myself, they are not really all that dramatic  or noticeable to any bystander.

While we all have stress in our lives, all of us, I am going through one of those monumental kinds of situations that bring upon great levels of stress. But, despite that, I seem to be holding up quite while. This alone is truly remarkable.  Not only am I holding up well, especially compared to most people’s expectations (and my own), but I am making positive changes in my life, in the way I take care of myself. (Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments!)

We talk a lot about self-care in the mental health community and also among those who suffer chronic pain. It’s of the utmost importance. And most of us try really hard to implement as much of that as we can. But there comes a time when you finally say, “I’m doing it, I’m really going to do it. I’m tired of living this way, I am going to make the changes that I have been putting off for x amount of time.” I can only speak for myself, but there have been many things that I knew I “should” be doing that could greatly benefit my health that, for whatever reason, I was not able to make the choice to put into practice. I know many others who struggle with similar battles. It’s the giving up of a certain food, or adding in exercise, setting up a bed time routine or taking medications on a regular basis. It can be little things that inside we know will make a difference, but for some reason we just don’t do it.

Well, I finally did it. I finally said, I can choose differently. I drew in a sense of power from a source not of my own and I have completely redesigned the way that I am eating. I am doing this for my mental health. I am doing this to help with the fibromyalgia symptoms. I am doing this because it is what my body needs from me and it is what I need for my body and mind. I don’t know how to explain the exact moment that I knew I could do it, but it happened and I am eating healthier than I imagined I ever possibly could. I doubted my ability to make these good choices before, but now I see that I can. I know that I have that power within me. It’s a great feeling.

While it’s only been a couple of weeks, I can tell my body is in less pain. I take far fewer pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. That alone is a huge sign of change. I am still quite fatigued, but hey, it’s just the beginning. My mood is more level and my ability to cope with the challenges before me seems solid the majority of the time. These are all great indicators of better health and ignites the hope within that even better is to come.

What have you been waiting to change? Have you been putting off a certain lifestyle change that you know could really make a difference in your health? I encourage you to begin looking at how you might be able to finally make that change!


8 thoughts on “Oh, the changes I’ve seen…

  1. Article in today’s NYTimes discussing medicine. Says docs are trained to give meds, but not to take the time to teach new life-styles and convince people to take them. I also read a number of comments, some by those in medical fields, that agree that they don’t have the time and insurance doesn’t pay. If you can find the article, I think you’d like it.

  2. Good for you! I’m glad you’re already starting to feel better too!

    I wrote about prioritizing learning yoga while back and I’m still searching for a yoga instructor I feel confident going to (knows about fibromyalgia and doing yoga with it). Of course, I should probably apply more time and effort into that task as it obviously isn’t going to come about easily.

  3. Amy, I commend you gal on recognizing the truth of your own inner wisdom, realizing that is was “real” and then implementing these powerful changes in your life. Eating is so important and when we’re sick or stressed (e.g. for any reason), we tend to put eating well on the back burner. It does make so much difference in how we feel! (One main reason, of course, is that we are what we eat and drink.) I’m proud of you and wishing you continued progress in your effort to reclaim your health. Keep in touch and check in at my blogs when you get a moment…
    Cinda Crawford of the Health Matters Show

  4. I have been vegetarian/vegan for the past 25 years and I don’t know if my fibro symptoms would be worse otherwise. I eat pretty healthy, although there is plenty of vegan junk food! I am not sure what else I am willing to remove from my diet, but I know avoiding sugar and processed foods can only help. Best of luck with this!

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