Although sometimes the direction in which life takes us impacts on our sensible life choices, pacing and keeping stress to a minimum is our basic survival plan. It's easy for me to say pace, a little and often but in a practical sense how do you do this?
I believe the secret lies in HTCwP's posts on changing a habit.
Here's what works for me. I had to get in the habit of doing this by practising every day. I divide the day into the number of therapy sessions I can manage. At present I do five a day.
- Before I get out of bed I breathe in for 4 and out for 6-8 with a pause in between. On the first day I do this I'll do 12 sets of in/out breaths which is about 3 minutes in total. I increase the time by one set occasionally. I then stretch whilst lying down and finally do some exercises sitting on the bed.
- About morning tea time I do breathing again followed by some different exercises (usually either with weights or a band).
- Before lunch I breathe again and do a different exercise and
- again in the afternoon and
- in bed at night I do muscle relaxation and breathe again.
Allow yourself time to practice and develop a routine whether at home or at work. (It's in their own best interest to allow you time for therapy and rest at work.)
The other things I do are to notice and correct my posture if I am in more pain or tired and to try and move "normally". The more we move normally the more we reinforce the "OK" message in the brain.
Above all else I believe we should listen to our body, I encourage you to alter and enhance your life style to accommodate your needs and feel empowered by knowing you are helping yourself.