3 Rays of Sunlight In the Midst of Life Events
3 rays of sunlight in the midst of life events help a person cope while also trying to manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Life has the potential of getting complicated very quickly. At times we can become overwhelmed with unwelcome developments in our day-to-day actuality. A loved one gets a devastating diagnosis, a sudden death in the family, or any number of life-changing events happen and we are called on to be a caregiver instead of the one cared for.
I just experienced one of these situations and know they will come up again. I wanted to reflect on what happened, how I handled it and think of how I could better deal with such circumstances. It is a work in progress, but here is what I will take to heart and share with you for the next time.
My 3 Rays of Sunlight In the Midst of Life Events While Managing RA
- Operate with huge amounts of grace! That includes extending it to yourself! Often facts are fluid and not always known by all involved. Keep in mind what one person thinks is irrelevant may be the very piece of information that can make all the difference in the world when trying to resolve a problem. Memories can become fuzzy under stress and the ability to actually communicate can be tricky with all the responsibilities and commitments we all tend to have these days. Keep working toward a satisfactory resolution even when it is looking confusing and messy, but do it with grace for others and yourself!
- Take care of yourself. My acronym FRESH comes in handy here. You can become so involved in the situation that you can forget the importance of self-care. Eat healthy. This is a really good time to stay away from fast food and sweets. You need proper nutrition to best help with what is going on. When you feel the stress level rising, step back and do some breathing exercises or meditate. Take a walk or do some stretches to keep from getting stiff. Remember to get plenty of sleep. I know when you have a lot on your mind it can be a challenge, but do keep to your regular sleep schedule. And don’t forget the water bottle! Stay hydrated.
- Seek out support. I’m developing my own informal support group. Friends, relatives and professionals come to mind. I process situations by talking through them. That requires a good listener and it helps if they are logical, informed and honest. It also requires that I’m a good listener and willing to keep an open mind to receive good advice. A formal support group could be helpful if they exist. If you are dealing with medical issues, a local hospital or clinic may be able to give you contact information concerning a particular support group. Religious affiliations could be a resource for you. Google may even help! I guess my point is to reach out for support.
Speaking of reaching out for support, Arthritis Wisdom would love to hear your sunlight suggestions. Like I said, it is a work in progress! Navigating life events is particularly challenging for those of us with RA. We have an unpredictable and demanding disease to manage!
Take good care. XXOO Cathy