Today was a pajama day. I slept a little later than usual, ate when I felt hungry and piddled around with a necklace I started making last night.
Making jewelry is my passion. I make a piece of jewelry almost every day. Not only do I love working with beautiful beads, but it is also an activity that I can usually do even on my worst days.
Every day I have a headache that I liken to “being hit in the back of the head with a two by four.” The headache is in addition to the muscle pain of Fibromyalgia. I have found that if my mind is engaged, I can’t think about the constant pain at the same time. Making jewelry is a perfect activity for me. And, because I am passionate about jewelry-making I imagine the joy I feel also helps release all those feel-good endorphins we have.
There are times when I feel too fatigued and/or painful to be active; for those times I read or work on a page in one of my adult coloring books. I’m not suggesting that these ideas will work for everyone. I’m just sharing the ways in which I can hold the pain at bay while feeling like a productive adult. I feel that finding appropriate activities is an important part of dealing with chronic pain and fatigue.
Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? I would like this blog to function as a community of sharing. Please feel free to leave comments.