This week has been a challenging one – I’ve been physically, emotionally and mentally drained. My pain levels were high, my fatigue severe and I could only focus on my flaws. I lost my ability to smile. Talking to friends really helped me, they listened and offered advice and hugs. Thank you, I am blessed.
It got me thinking – what’s a life with no joy, positivity or self-appreciation? Sometimes we get lost in our health problems, in pleasing others, money worries, work demands and family and relationship issues, we often forget about those things in life that make us happy.
Spending time being good to yourself might help you discover a more positive, peaceful and happy you.
It’s important for our health and well-being to take time out to relax, taking time out for yourself is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Focusing on putting others first in your life often leads to you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and tired. Giving yourself some time alone can destress and revitalize you. Being in constant pain and feeling fatigued is a challenge and sometimes Fibromyalgia fighters need a ‘cuddle’ day/evening/hour – that time when you need to retreat from the world, take care of yourself and recharge your batteries until you are ready to re-emerge and fight again.
A friend of mine, Lyndsey, has chronic back pain, this morning we talked and giggled about what we would put in our chronic pain cheer up kit, we eventually called it our ‘cuddle basket’.
I was inspired by our chat and in preparation for any future much needed cuddle time I fetched an unused basket from storage and filled it with my cheer up kit. Here is my overflowing Fibromyalgia cuddle basket…
- Scented candle
- Comfy blanket
- Tea tree face mask
- A good movie
- Family photos
- Sanctuary body lotion
- Lavender pillow mist
- Homemade lemon scrub
- My favourite perfume: Gucci Guilty
- Art therapy colouring book
- Comfy PJs
- Clinique liquid facial soap
- Homemade foot scrub
- Sleep balm
- Homemade soap
- DVD boxset
- Sensuous body scrub
- Microwave wheat bag – my owl
- Hot chocolate
- Thick comfy socks
- Deep repair for my hair
- Heating oil treatment for my hair
- Strawberry and raspberry herbal tea
- Satsuma body mist
- Fragrance oils for my aroma diffuser and humidifier (I love Satsuma and also sandalwood and ginger)
As you can see I’m more than ready for some cuddle time.
What would you put in your cuddle basket?
Keep smiling 🙂