This week has been hard. Mentally and physically. I've been flaring all week but having just started a new job, I had to power through as much as I could. I managed to get to Thursday and then work sent me home. I went back in on Friday and the same thing happened. So this weekend, I've taken the time to relax. To allow my body to heal.
However, I sometimes find this incredibly difficult. I have relaxed, but I've also cleaned the house, sorted the washing out and spent time with my mum. These things might not seem like a lot to a normal person, but to us with Chronic Pain, they are huge when you're already in agony. Just pegging the washing out and bringing it in is a task in itself.
But today I have tried harder to relax. I still did the washing, but for the majority of the day i have relaxed, watched some TV and napped. I'm still in pain, but it was needed and I'm hoping that it makes a difference because I'm back in work tomorrow.
It can be hard to just do nothing, but it's important to remember that by trying to do everything, it has an impact later. So it's okay to stop, it's okay to listen to your body when it says no. It's okay to say no to plans and meetings with friends and family and it's okay to leave the housework for another day! As much as I have this drilled into my head, I still struggle to stop. This is a little reminder to myself, and everyone else that actually, it's okay.