Last week, I met with one of the doctors who helps me try to manage my chronic pain. In addition to a new medication, we talked about lifestyle changes. So I have homework to do.
- I’m supposed to lower my stress.
- I’m supposed to get enough sleep.
- I’m supposed to not push myself so hard.
- I’m supposed to make taking care of myself a priority.
Anyone who knows me, knows that those “lifestyle changes” aren’t so easily implemented. I worry, I make “to-do lists,” I am always trying to do what I can to make life easier for my husband and son. I don’t easily acknowledge my own wants.
This medical condition of mine doesn’t just affect me physically. It also has an emotional/mental impact. Asking for help and admitting I sometimes can’t do certain (relatively simple) things are not easy for me at all.
So, it’s an ongoing homework assignment.