Spring blooms pushing through the snow are still only a dream here in Wisconsin. Hurry up Spring!
The arrival of spring is testing all of our patience this year in the Upper Midwest. It is time to Think Spring. Crocus and early tulips are usually in bloom by now. But this is happening only in our dreams this year. We have snow predicted today and the next several day’s forecast isn’t very springtime-ish. I need to do something to make me think spring even if the reality is more like winter.
I’ve shared before that I use mind games to help me deal with my rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is one of those times. A long winter is difficult for most, but it is especially difficult when the disease is enough to pull me mentally and emotionally down. Stiff and painful joints, fatigue and all the other stuff that complicates managing a chronic disease is enough, but add to that the cold, dreary weather and it becomes a clear call for some action.
If spring has not sprung, and it hasn’t, I’m going to hasten the process. At least in my mind. You are welcome to join me. Starting tomorrow I’m going to do something that shouts SPRING everyday for 5 days. The weather forecast is not very good for at least the next four days, so I’ll add another day for good measure. I will reveal the five ways I’m planning to bring a little spring into my thoughts each day starting tomorrow. It will be a daily surprise, and they will be simple to do.
I found out early on, even before my formal diagnosis, that I needed to find the little things in life to help lift my mood to counter the downer of how I felt. And because I don’t always have a lot of energy, I would need to keep it simple. I believe that how I am thinking has a profound effect on how well I feel. I call taking care of myself “self care”. It is my opinion self care has a positive effect on my immune system. I want to help my body help itself as much as possible. Giving my immune system a boost is a good thing. It doesn’t take much to give myself a break just when I need it most. Like now!
The current weather situation made me decide to do some self care. I hope you take me up on my invite to join me! Visit Arthritis Wisdom tomorrow for the first way to Think Spring. Hint: It involves a bunch of spring blooms, like tulips or daffodils, that I can get at the supermarket when I pick up groceries.
What are some things you can suggest to play a “mind game” in order to mentally and emotionally survive the long winter? HELP! Leave a comment or two.
Take good care. I will catch up with you tomorrow for Day One of Think Spring!
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