So today was finally the day where I could do more things (yay!). However, with fibromyalgia, there is a fine line between doing too little and doing too much. If you do too little, you feel tired, achy, and lazy. If you do too much, you feel exhausted, achy, and lazy. Honestly, I think I did a little TOO much today!
This morning began by going to Dunkin Donuts to get an iced coffee. Afterwards, I came home and went for a walk. Then, I did some yoga for about 20 minutes (which was relaxing–I wanted to motivate myself for going to the senior center to do volunteer work). After that, I drove up to the senior center and did some volunteer work (which I’ve missed very much). It was great seeing everyone there again and also being able to distract myself from the many thoughts that have been going through my head as of lately.
I volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program at the senior center. I don’t actually deliver the food, but I help with packing up the food in the kitchen and then serving lunch to the seniors to come in to eat. Thank god for the other volunteers because there is a LOT of work involved! However, the blessing is we get frequent breaks and I’m only there for about three hours twice a week.
Normally, I leave there feeling pretty good and a little tired. However, I’ve been recovering from a flare up. So, I was there for about an hour and a half before I needed to leave because I was so exhausted and in pain from the work. But do I feel like a failure? Most certainly not! This has been the most that I have done in quite awhile, so I’m pretty damn proud of myself.
RULE #1 to living a “Fibrotastic Life”: With each little accomplishment that you make (no matter how small), celebrate! It’s not easy to go through your daily routine when you feel like you’re wearing a weighted outfit with sand in it and all you want to do is go back to bed. Your form of celebration can be buying something that you have wanted for awhile, hanging out with a good friend, taking a relaxing bath, or rewarding yourself with a power nap. When focusing on the positives and the things that you can do, it helps with feeling more in control of your life and less of a victim to fibro.