Guided Imagery Gone Wrong

Guided ImageryAfter his latest bout of anger, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy decided that he would seek a little bit of relief by doing some guided imagery exercises.

Guided imagery uses mental visualization and relaxation in order to improve one’s mood and general sense of well-being. It’s actually quite simple – it’s sort of like inventing a happy place in your mind, and then visiting that happy place in your mind. No reservations or pesky security check required.

In order to gain the most benefit from guided imagery, it’s often best to get into a comfortable position. So I took off my shoes, laid down on my bed, and closed my eyes. A couple of deep breathes, and I was ready to start!

I started envisioning someplace warm. Maybe it’s summertime. (Don’t forget, I’m south of the equator, and this week nighttime temperatures dropped into the low 20s.) There is lots of sun…in fact, I am basking in the sun!

What’s that I hear? It’s like I’m holding a seashell up to my ear. Gentle waves are breaking onto the sand. I’m at the beach! Perfect. In my mind, I have already traded my winter pants for a pair of swim trunks.

I continue to walk, and I can feel the warm sand sifting between my toes. I zig-zag, walking into the ocean every now and then to wet my feet. Pure bliss.

I consider taking off my cape, but I end up leaving it on. There’s no sense in having to deal with a sunburn later on.

All that’s missing is a cocktail. This is my guided imagery, no? Poof! I am now holding a rum and coke, with one of those cool little umbrellas. I could spend all afternoon right where I am. This is the life!

But wait – what’s that?

As I take a sip of my drink, my elbow pops. That’s not good.

I look down at my feet. What the heck is going on with those toes and ankles?

My knees are so red they look like they are sunburned. And they hurt.

My wrist send a flash of pain through my fingers and up through my arm.

STOP!

This is MY guided imagery. My rheumatoid arthritis is not supposed to follow me here. Go away RA!

And just like that, all of my pain and swelling goes away.

I continue to walk into the sunset, with a big smile on my face, and with my arms thrown up in the air. That’s odd…is that person over there videotaping me?

One of my dogs barks, and I immediately teleport back to the present.

What an odd guided imagery this was. It really did seem like I was walking on that sunny beach!

I know it was all made up, though…

Or was it??

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy's Joints Gone Wild

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

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P.S. In all seriousness, performing guided imagery exercises has helped me quite a bit!

7 Comments
7 comments
  1. Jules says:

    I am so sorry your RA intruded on your Guided Imagery. You definately got farther than I do. I can’t seem to settle down enough to keep it going in one direction. LOL. Is there a secret to that? Also- congrats on having a few pain free minutes yesterday! That is wonderful. I am wishing you to double that today- and then keep it going exponentially until you spend more time pain free than in pain.

  2. RA Guy says:

    Thanks Jules! No worries, the whole guided imagery story was just a lead in to my “Joints Gone Wild” video cover. :)

    For those of you who aren’t on Twitter, last night I shared the news that yesterday I had about 30 completely pain-free minutes for the first time in about half a year!

  3. Linda C says:

    Good morning,
    What a delightful scene. Were you alone or someone special with you to enjoy the sun? ;)

    I have used positive imagery for many years, am a firm believer in it. Not for just health matters, finances and general well-being mostly. I “think happy”. It also..for me..works the other way. If I dwell too much on my ails and pains, they get worst. Our mind is a powerful tool.

  4. Terry says:

    Man, it sucks when you can’t even get away from RA at your happy place. Never take your cape off or your arch rival Inflammation Man might steal it. We need you and your super powers protecting the rest of us RA patients!

  5. kertslittlebird says:

    Love It! Can’t wait for “Joints Gone Wild 2″ Hey love the shorts.
    You made me laugh this morning.

  6. RA Guy says:

    Linda – “think happy” rules.

    Terry – down with Inflammation Man!!!

    kertslittlebird – glad you liked the shorts. RA Guy’s wardrobe is expanding! I wonder what’s coming next?

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