Firstly, thanks for being here! I am thoroughly enjoying writing for you all 🙂
A few weeks ago, I had a pacing masterclass with Jo Southall who is an amazing Occupational therapist. Jo herself is a fellow bendy too, so she just gets it. I cannot rate her enough. It was a 30 minute Skype chat followed by handouts and checking up on me on my progress. I have to say that it has truly changed my life. I have started to crochet again as it is ‘self care’ and allowing myself time for self care is extremely important.
Now in the past I have done cognitive behavioural therapy and we have talked about pacing, I am a huge advocate of it. When I did CBT with the NHS in the past we have discussed how I fit in breaks, meditation, deep muscle relaxation and allowing myself time to rest. Jo has these and more. I implore anyone who struggles with pain and fatigue to book a course with her. Jo has been there, done that and gotten the T-shirt! She lives in a painful, fatigued world everyday like me and has managed to accomplish so much. She is a true inspiration. You can find more info on Jo here
I have been crocheting and doing lot’s of Photography! I will share some of these with you at the end of this post. I am so excited with these as I was just in the right place at the right time. I caught a red kite on camera, just hovered over me at the right time and the images are so crisp!
Let me know how you pace yourself. What hobbies do you do for distraction techniques from pain? Sometimes it can be too painful to do these hobbies, we can always break them down into smaller tasks, rest breaks. Set a timer! 5 Minute breaks for every 20. You will need to find your base line of walking, sitting etc to work out when you need to have these breaks.
As promised, the Kite images below..