Since the weekend, I’ve been feeling like the musicians in this Picasso image. Somewhat out of tune and definitely disjointed. In addition to joint pain, my trapezius and SCM (sternocleidomastoid) muscles were tight enough to play music!
I think part of it had to do with the unsettled weather we’ve been experiencing. (I need to get one of those weather stations that registers barometric pressure!)
It wasn’t a full-blown flare-up, but it was enough to slow me down and restrict movement.
A big part of my self-care is to watch and change the way I think. I know that if I soak in negative thoughts and emotions, I set off the stress response – that’s a cascade of fourteen-hundred chemicals that includes cortisol, which affects the inflammatory response.
Here are some of the things I did:
- Ice and rest for my left wrist.
- Rest for me.
- A massage for my neck.
- Slow, easy dog walk.
- A sanding down of my temporary crown, which is what I think precipitated the series of unfortunate events in my neck. (Why my neck is so high maintenance: My Logo and Come Fly with Me.)
- Another massage.
I’m happy to report that as I write this, I am feeling considerably better.
Your turn: What do you do when you are out of tune and feeling disjointed? How do you manage your pain? Do you have tools and techniques that you use to help you transform your fear?