Tag: Rest

Knowing Your Limits

I have been not feeling 100% in a few days now. I normally try to make the best of it on days that I am in pain such as this one. I decided I would write a new post about knowing your limits. Now, I am not great at this but today, I am attempting to have a rest day because the left side my body hurts from the neck down to my hip. In addition, my scoliosis is not happy today so I am leaning on that side as well. Overall, not a great day to do the things I might normally do…I know I am using the word normally but I want to assure nothing is normal about it.  This winter has started off a bit rough. I have had to were boots more than expected and I can’t seem to find a shoe that is not a boot to fit my Charcot Marie Tooth feet…but I am sure we all understand the pain of shoe shopping with a chronic illness. Today, I had a moment of clarity that I had reached my limit. This was a surprise to me that I knew when to stop. You might be asking yourself why is that a big deal because I am not completely exhausted yet. When I usually stop it is because I am very fatigued, have extreme pain or just plain old exhaustion that is preventing me from getting out of bed but this time I saw what was on the horizon. I am taking a day off before the universe decides to make me. This has always been something I have struggled with. When I was younger I would push myself and I would need a week full of rest just to recover. I am trying to learn this chronic illness. I was born with the disease but I was finally diagnosed correctly a few years ago and I am still learning what I have to adjust based on what I know now.  I understand that normalcy is out of the question when you have a chronic illness but making your life better based on good decisions can help ease the trials and tribulations of have a chronic illness. I know it is hard to voluntarily rest if you have a bit of energy but your body, mind, and soul will thank you. I will leave you with this quote “Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.” ― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

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