Stress is bad for everyone, but it can be particularly hard on those of us with lipedema or lymphedema. My body always feels more achy, tired, and swollen when life is throwing curve balls. And let me tell you, sturdy women, she’s been throwing me a lot of those the past few months.
I’m one of those “routine” people who runs through the day like clockwork. Up and in compression by 8:30. Walks at 1pm and 6pm. Vibration at 9pm. In my pump by 10:30pm. But add a few extra meetings during the day or a few extra hours of work in the evening and there just aren’t enough hours left in the day.
How do you pick and choose what to do for self-care? Does daily life ever feel like a Jenga game with no more loose pieces?
This Music Monday I’m reminding myself to stay strong and stay the course with Dermot Kennedy’s Better Days. “You’re on the other side of the storm now. You should be so proud.”
A bad day where I only hit half my self-care goals is still better than good days were before my diagnosis. Better days are coming, sturdy women. Take a break and honor yourself for all the progress you’ve made. Those emails, chats, and texts will still be there when you finish dancing.
Your story’s gonna change, just wait for better days
You’ve seen too much of pain, now you don’t even know
That your story’s gonna change, just wait for better days
I promise you, I won’t let go
I know you’ve been hurtin’
Waitin’ on a train that just won’t come
The rain, it ain’t permanent
And soon we’ll be dancin’ in the sun
We’ll be dancin’ in the sunDermot Kennedy, “Better Days”
How do you keep stress from derailing your self-care routine? Write me a note below!