Starting Day Five Think Spring with my morning coffee and a little fruit. Lovely. For a person with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it is the simple joys that are truly the best.
Day Five Think Spring series is all about pulling out something from your cupboard to remind you it really is spring! It may be a mug, napkin, vase or maybe a serving piece. Just take it out and use it today!
If you look out my window you will see all the snow we have piled up. Thankfully it is melting fast. This is an appropriate finale to our Think Spring series. Waking up to a winter wonderland, but expecting it all to go away fast, making way for our long awaited spring, is a great way to finish!
What comes to my mind this morning is how my RA diagnosis has caused me to simplify my life because of necessity. I was profoundly fatigued for many years, so adjusting to my energy level was non-negotiable. Now that I am doing so much better, I have continued to embrace simplification. I still have the disease and am well aware it can be unpredictable. I plan accordingly. It seemed right to finish the five days with a simple way to bring springtime joy to mind.
I was helped by the “mind game” I played this week to counter the absolutely nasty weather and how that was bringing me down mentally and emotionally. When my mood is depressed, my joints tend to ache. I do what I can to turn my mood around. I purpose to think about happy memories and exciting goals. When you have a chronic disease like RA, everything used to manage it needs to be thrown at it! It may sound a bit crazy, but these mental tricks have worked for me. That is using Arthritis Wisdom!
I wish you a wonderful day and thank you for joining me this Think Spring week! Please let me know what springtime item you brought out to celebrate our series wrap. I cherish your company.