Over the past couple of months, I’ve made a concerted effort to EMBRACE the pain. (Even more so than I’ve done in the past…)
And while is hasn’t been easy, it has been possible.
I know what many people might be thinking — it’s *never* going to happen, RA Guy (embracing the pain, that is). I totally get that, because I myself thought the same thing for years.
But I’ve learned that by consciously and intentionally embracing my pain, I’m able to APPROACH the pain without feeling scared, or feeling the need to escape. I am then able to more clearly EVALUATE exactly what is going on. Only then can I READJUST as necessary, and figure out what I can do to best take care of myself…mind, soul, and body.
And then I do it.
And instead of interpreting the increased anxiety (which never does go away completely) as a signal to run away from the pain, I instead use it as a reminder that if I slow down and breathe, everything will indeed be okay.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!