I started this blog with the hope of encouraging other women who are living with chronic illness. But this month, I’ve needed some encouragement myself and have fallen off the radar. I came down with a bad bout of stomach flu on Thanksgiving Eve that I still haven’t fully recovered from. I’m still struggling with nausea as I write this. My quarterly Xeomin shots for treatment of cervical dystonia haven’t kicked in too well this time. Depression and stinking thinking kicked up (oddly enough) after a massage with some cranial work. It’s been said that issues live in the tissues…who knows what may have been released. And writer’s block on top of it all.
I started wondering if I should stop writing after an unexpected drop in stats that I’m still trying to figure out. I’m waking up a bit this week and am trying to dig myself out of my self-imposed pit. Here’s a bit of what I’m doing this month to practice self care in the midst of depression and the holiday rush:
What I’m Reading
How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness This is a BIG book. For me, definitely not a binge read but one to be taken a chapter at at time a few times a week. Gentle, insightful guidance to live your best life possible with chronic illness.
The Broken Way – I’m only at the beginning of the book but I’m already touched at Ann’s vulnerability in sharing her struggle with cutting. While cutting was never one of my problems, I can definitely identify with the feelings behind it that for me, led to other self destructive behaviors and habits. And like Ann, those feelings never really go away. That’s why practicing spiritual self care is so essential.
Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cookbook – I’m one of those nuts who likes to read cookbooks for fun. Despite my chronic pain, I’ve never let go of my love of cooking even though it can wipe me out at times. So far, everything I’ve tried from this book is fantastic!
What I’m Cooking
Well, my Instant Pot of course! Seriously, I love this thing. We got the Amazon special over Thanksgiving but I didn’t start to play with it till last week. It’s back to the usual price right now but if you’re a busy mom or a chronic illness patient…do yourself and get it. Easy, nutritious and yummy dinners in less than an hour? Yes please! My family has had to deal with too many “fend for yourself” nights lately because I was just plain exhausted by dinner time. That’s changing now and even the picky sensory eaters are asking for seconds and (gasp!) leftovers!
I’m a big fan of Yoga With Adriene. Do check out her December 2016 FWFG (find what feels good) Yoga Calendar. I love her practices because they can be as gentle or as vigorous as you need them to be that day. This month includes helpful and appropriate practices for December including Yoga for Detox, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga Rinse, Yoga for a Healthy Liver and Let It Go. As always, available for free on YouTube. Sign up for her newsletter for access to this great calendar!
On My WishList
Stretching Your Faith – A holistic approach to worship and creating intimacy with the Lord through movement. One day I want to go through their Yoga Teacher training. Introvert that I am, I’m not sure how great of a teacher I’d be but I would love to go through the process to learn the ins and outs of it.
How’s December been treating you?
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