Self-care

Is it just the “it” phrase of 2016?

 

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Self-care is the care you give yourself without the consult of a medical professional.  WHAT?  Does your doctor really take the time and effort to manage your illness? Do you search the interwebs, looking for everything about your illness, check out books from the library on aromatherapy, start journaling, take Epsom salt baths, change your eating habits, drink more water, track your symptoms??  These are all the things that can encompass self-care.

In an article {that I failed to write down and thus give you a link} broke down the act of self-care into five categories; as I paraphrase here…body, mind, spirit, life and social.

I began my self-care journey as a supplement to my doctor’s prescribed medications. It has been a very slow process.  However, with me catching the flu this year, my perspective of my illness has changed. Yes, my flu opened my eyes to better self-care and pain management.

My first step was tracking my illness.  I use an app called My Pain Diary I found on the iPhone app store. The first initial price tag was a shocker but the app has paid for it’s self over time.  I am able to add metrics and record my levels without all sorts of endless spreadsheets and such.

The next step was my food journal. I have not been diagnosed with any allergies to wheat products but I know from my own life experience that it is a huge factor in my daily well-being. This log allows me to be more aware (there I go being vague again) of what I am eating. Oh, and my DrinkUr64…why does water have to be so damn hard to drink?

So there still areas I need to tackle, like the spiritual, mental and life parts…but dude, one step at a time.

What will I work on next…exercise? ha

Oh, by the way, today is National Pajama Day…go get comfy!

 

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