While wogging this morning (walking a little/jogging a little), I had a thought. Exercise does that to me. It helps me do a bit of mental cave spelunking.
Today, I thought about pain levels.
It was an unusually humid day for SoCal standards: pitifully blechy outside. And since humidity is a common trigger for increased pain, I thought, “Hmm, I should feel more pain in my joints today.” I began to focus on how my knees felt with each step. I then became aware of my hip joints. I realized that I did feel more pain; I was achy-er than usual.
But wait! Before I noticed the humidity level, was I achy then? Not that I’d noticed. It wasn’t until I had the thought that I should feel achy did I “decide” that I did.
That led me to think about other times I’ve spent in humid climates. For many years, my hubby worked in Hawaii. I went as often as my schedule allowed; it was a fabulous place for me to write. In fact, much of my book, FibroWHYalgia, was written there, as well as many children’s stories. For me, nothing gets the creative juices flowing like ocean breezes and the scent of plumerias. While hubby worked, my job was to write. Great gig if you ask me.
Hawaiian humidity has never bothered me. There’s always a gentle breeze and what’s not to like? As far as I can remember, it has never triggered a flare of any kind. I travel to the Midwest, too. I do notice the humidity there. I feel fatigued, tightness in my neck/shoulders, and a tightness in my chest as if it’s harder to breathe
Of course, it’s not fair to compare a tropical vacation to a family visit (no matter how much you love to see your family). It’s not the same thing, relaxation-wise, and your body knows it. But when it comes to increased pain, why bring it on? Who’s in charge of your expectations, and who gets to write your own predictions?
Pay attention to Prediction Phrases such as, “I always end up in a flare after a visit from my Mother-In-Law,” or “I always get a migraine after shopping at the mall.” If you’re going to take the time to make a prediction, why not something like, “I predict that I’ll get a great night’s sleep after I chaperone the all-day scouting event.”
Your own predictions are yours to dream up. Why not make ‘em good?
I challenge you, write down five positive Prediction Phrases this week, and let me know how they turn out. I love hearing from you!