International Day of Happiness

What day better than today, on the international day of happiness, is there to discuss mindfulness and what it means to not only your conscious life but to the subconscious world in which we also reside. Many times we often take for granted that the world will go on without us and as such tend to allow the overwhelming presence of pain to distort our sense of reality. When this happens we often become consumed by not only the difficulty of our situation but the emotions themselves. The depression, the sadness, the indifference we experience is many times more damaging than the actual dis-ease itself is, believe it or not.

Placed in a situation where we must be conscious of every vibration because the doctors are perplexed by the complexity of our symptoms, the strange physical bodily responses, and the sheer randomness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome’s attack in an effort to discover it is, in fact, CRPS exacerbates your CRPS. We are stepping into the reality of the fact that as much as CRPS is physically attacking your body it is also “all in your head” and if you wouldn’t dwell upon your symptoms it wouldn’t hurt you… as much. Thing is they always fail to mention the quantification of as much and just leave you with the inclination they think you’re making this all up and that you then can stop the disease simply through thought.

So, how do we address this emotional aspect of CRPS and how do we understand our symptoms so we can relay them without dwelling upon them and simply wallering in our own muck? That my friend is a slippery slope. Took time for me to understand this and through my own trial and error where I started trying to track my symptom via a symptom tracker but all that seemed to do was suck me further into the dwelling in the discomfort zone. Next, I tried, simply tracking my daily interludes… What I ate, what I did, what I thought about and after time I realized I ran out of energy trying to document it all. Finally, I found this journaling app that tracks my basic movement for me when I journal. It tracks my weather based upon my location and I use the built-in mood meter to track my pain levels rather than mood because in many ways it is also reflective of my mood.

It goes as followed 😀=pain level of a 1-2 a 😑=5-6 and a 😣=9-10 there are 2 more in between to choose from 🙂 and 🙁. I, also, get Facebook like memories notifications from the previous year’s “on this day”. Please do not think I am affiliated in any way with this app I am not. I am however very pleased with the program, the changes they have incorporated in their free or membership options. I paid for the lifetime membership with cloud backup and some other stuff with my Google rewards funds. So, in a way it was basically free for my data to be knowingly mined for a change. But I am getting off track here…

What we tend to not consider is that mindfulness goes much deeper than simply not dwelling on your pain but it includes finding the positive in everything. For example, your car breaks down, you get a flat because your tires are bald…that’s not a catastrophe but an opportunity to save funds not putting gas in my car and the opportunity to get better tires on it before something bad happens because of the lack of tread. Alright 🙄 so yes 😒 it would be a slight unexpected financial catastrophe 😭 but it doesn’t have to be a mountain when it’s just a speed bump get over. Yes, this would be something I would have rather waited to do until later but it is what it is 🙃 and getting angry only hurts the individual. Truly, it doesn’t help the situation in the least.

Let’s take a gander at why mindfulness works…
  1. Mindfulness helps us learn to be present in the moment, which helps us to take a moment to pause, notice our own thoughts and feelings, and choose a response that is not based upon our present emotions.
  2. Mindfulness teaches us that it is okay to say “no” to others, which helps us to balance our own lives and enhance self-confidence.
  3. Mindfulness allows us to be present with others, meaning that we are more aware of the state of our relationships with others.

How do we achieve mindfulness?

Let’s take a lesson from the Positive Psychology Program called the “sorting into boxes” exercise, helpful for dealing with depression. Use this audio clip here for guidance.

The exercise of “sorting boxes” follows these steps:
  1. Focus on your breathing, without trying to change it.
  2. Notice any thoughts, sensations, or emotions that come into your awareness.
  3. Imagine that there are three boxes in your mind, labeled “thoughts”, “sensations”, and “emotions.”
  4. Continue to focus on your breathing, and continue to observe anything that comes into your awareness.
  5. Identify these things as thoughts, sensations, or emotions and sort them into the corresponding box in your mind.
  6. Continue clearing your mind by putting these thoughts, sensations, and emotions into their respective boxes until you hear the sound of a bell.

Following this guided mindfulness exercise will help you to clear your mind of worry about the past or the future, and allow you to focus on being present in this moment in a time. Now alternatively, you could watch this inspiring TEDtalk by Zindel Segal as he explains the nauseated mindful approach needed to not only address depression but pain as well. Click here to check it out. Whatever it is you choose to do to treat your CRPS, be it western medicine or alternative therapies, mindfulness is a valuable tool available to you any place, any time, for free if you will only take the time to invest in yourself.

Today is WORLD SLEEP DAY

World Sleep Day recognizes the importance of a good nights rest for every human being on the planet. Taking place the Friday before the vernal spring equinox, World Sleep Day is a time to review our night time routines and consider making adjustments.

World Sleep Day is the annual observance of how sleep not only benefits but impacts our lives. The World Sleep Day Committee who founded this occasion is committed to educating the public on ways of lessening the burdens of sleep problems through prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Sleep is something all humans require but often gets shortchanged by our busy lives. Studies have shown how crucial a proper nights sleep is to determining health and living a balanced lifestyle.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get an average of 7-9 hours of sleep per night. This number increases the younger you are. It’s estimated that 80% of people use the weekends to catch up on sleep.

Developing a consistent sleep schedule benefits the quality and quantity of your sleep by balancing your circadian rhythms. With a proper rest and wake cycle, you are not only ensuring you age gracefully but allow your body to restore fully for the day ahead.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Hop on over to worldsleepday.org and become a delegate for healthy sleep! Download an app to your smartphone that will track your sleep. When was the last time you washed your sheets? Let your friends know how rested you are using the hashtag #WorldSleepDay and find who else is celebrating their restfulness.

HISTORY

World Sleep Day was founded by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Day Society in 2008. It is celebrated annually on the Friday before the northern hemisphere vernal equinox.

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Research & Panic: Do I still have hope?

Today, I stumbled upon this. HOW TO HACK THE PARASYMPATHETIC STATE

I haven’t gotten any further than this…

…because I’m having a panic attack listening to her describe who and where I once was and can still be found at sometimes today. Like everyone else I grab the caffine when I haven’t the energy to get moving on my own.

I’ve not finished the video, I’m almost afraid to. Can I really hack my parasympathetic state? Have I already done it and I’ve reached all the improvements I’m gonna reap out of alternative treatments.

I know I ran out of Pheonix Tears four days back and each day these last two days the discomfort continues to increase. I know it helps because it hurt all the time until I started them. I stop them it hurts again… But I know cannabis isn’t the entire answer it’s only a portion of it.

My internal struggle begs… Do I still have hope? Or am I stuck?

Today’s Rant for February 20, 2019

I’m not here looking to please people, I’m here to share with you what I’ve learned, what I’ve experienced, and my opinion about it all. I’m a straight forward, to the point kind of person. It my opinion that’s gotten me to where I am at today and I am done knowingly poisoning myself with drugs from big pharma that mask problems, exacerbates others issues and causes complications over the long haul. I’m ranting a bit however if we are not vocal no one will know.

Update & Video on Where to Start Your Own Journey

I’m a bit overwhelmed right now… There’s more energy but also more to be done, more I want to do and more opportunity to do it.

Oh and we’ve got puppies on the way! Prepping for the delivery on top of trying to get a leg up on this CR(a)PS I got to deal with on top of all the other diagnosed and undiagnosed pain and autoimmune conditions I’ve got. I am not any different than many, many others in this world. The one difference tho is I don’t depend on someone telling me what or how to manage my care. I rely upon their recommendations and insight but I do my own foot work, I do my own research and I do my own thinking for myself.

Here is where I suggest you start your own journey to better health…

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