One thing I have learned in the 20+ years of dealing with chronic illnesses is to listen to my body. I know if I push things it will get worse.
I have lots of good days, since I learned this. As a result my downtime has lessened. Because I don’t have a job, I can do this easily. If I wake up and feel like death warmed over, I am going to take it easy.
I am back to exercising most days. Again this is where I need to listen to my body. If I don’t feel well then I either do a short yoga practice or do nothing.
I have created an office space with room to exercise. Blaze (my cat) exercises with me. It was always easier to get motivated when you have friends, so Blaze has stepped up into that roll.
The top picture shows her acting as my writing muse. She is a multi talented cat. I really don’t know what I would do without her.
She’s is a my therapy cat when I feel down. How can one remain sad when you have this beauty to cheer you up? But I digress.
I cancel dinners with family when I feel off. They may not totally understand, but I don’t let guilt get in the way. Sometimes staying home by myself is preferable to interacting with others when my head feels off.
Meniere’s isn’t something people can understand easily. But with tinnitus (cicadas) taking up residence in both ears 24/7/365 if my head feels off too, then I would not be good company. Even if everyone left me alone being at someone’s house and not my own is more stressful.
As we all know stress and anxiety can exacerbate our symptoms and I have no desire to try to trigger everything at once. It’s been awhile since all my issues coincided at the same time. And I want to keep it that way.
Right now I am having a Lichen Sclerosus flare and a little fibromyalgia stuff going on along with the usual Meniere’s balance issues. I definitely handle it all better when I am at home.
What works for you?
Love, Peace and Light! Rita