• Fibromyalgia

    How to Rest in the Hustle Culture

    Summer looms as the opportunity of time hits me with everything I could be doing and achieving for two months, but summer, at least for teachers, needs to be about what healthy rest looks like. So, how do I achieve and rest? How much of each should I do? What is real rest? Much of what rest comes from is what we believe about ourselves. Here are two wonderful books that gave great perspectives on how identity affects rest and work: Identity Theft and Girl, Stop Apologizing. Besidesbeing inspirational and uplifting books, they provide healthy ways to approach rest while still pursuing dreams. “God will tell us when to rest.…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia

    Finding Rest: Thankfulness Day 3

    This post may contain affiliate links.   Sunday is my designated day of rest, and I must tell you that having rest has made all of the difference in my life. I am so very grateful that I have been shown just how important it is to have rest and have embraced it to become a much more fulfilled and joyful person. Emily Freeman in Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, Rachel Hollis in Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, and Jenn Wilkin in None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Resting in Grace – Day 5 Health Challenge

    Want to start from the beginning? Click on the photo. Welcome to my fibro-flare. This will probably derail the health challenge for a week, but, during this time, I plan on focusing on some different aspects of health, particularly allowing myself to rest and giving myself grace. These elements of my life are actually more important than any striving toward health I can achieve. They are also the hardest to master. How Did I Rest Today? Called In Sick – I hate doing this, but I swallowed my pride. I was having severe myoclonic jerks, fainted, and had to crawl to the phone to call my boss to tell her I…

  • Health

    How to Silence the Inner Critic

    This post may contain affiliate links. have found that living with my chronic pain that comes from Fibromyalgia causes me to be unkind to myself. These are some coping techniques I have used to fight the inner critic. Take Time to Celebrate – Every little thing that I accomplish (From putting on clothes to setting a new record in running), I either mentally (Good job, Elizabeth!) or physically (Do a little dance!) celebrate. This is actually a proven technique to develop new habits. Quartz quoted B.J. Fogg, “a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has studied behavior change for more than 20 years”, as saying the act of celebration is…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Marriage

    Fibromania

    This morning I was woken up by the pain and flailing that are all too common for my Saturday mornings. Yesterday I had told myself I would relax but that I would clean the apartment on Saturday. I truly looked forward to it. As soon as I woke up though, I realized that cleaning was not an option for me today. My husband was woken up by my flailing. I immediately felt guilty for disturbing his sleep. This feeling melted away as he held me tightly. I whispered to him, “I don’t think I’m going to be able to clean today.” He spoke to my heart, “I know this sucks, but…

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