I’m not one of those that hate Janurary, nor am I thinking it’s dragging on for months. But I do hate this time of year for the darkness and wet damp miserable weather. For these bring increased pain!!
So I do fall into some Winter blues myself, and it’s very depressing at times. Usually I would make jewellery or papercut to help combat that low mood, but recently hand wise that’s NOT at option. I hate #EhlersDanlosSyndrome and #Arthritis
And all us chronic pain (spoonies) know pain and depression affect each other, the more down I am, the worse my pain, so therefore I’m more depressed. It’s a vicious cycle.
First of all I would say Tell someone how you are feeling, sometimes just sharing thoughts can immensely help, or seek a pain specialist, as lack of sleep, increased pain is guaranteed to pull you to the depths.
Take in some fresh air, I know it’s wet and miserable, but this has truly helped me so far, quick visits outside, have done wonders for me mentally. And though it’s only a little bit, I feel less burdensome, and actually productive.
Remind yourself it will pass, and it’s ok to let chores pile up until your ready, take a rest. Housework isn’t essential. So take some me time, have that rest and binge watch some awesome Netflix shows (European crime thrillers my guilty pleasure)
Treat yourself too. Life sucks when you’re constantly in pain ( yea I really do mean constantly, all day every day) so be nice to yourself when you can, a nice Sheet mask and bubble bath guilt free, a bit of chocolate and a movie ( I recommend Maleficent 2) or a nice wine at the weekend.
Hold on we are nearly through Jan, it will soon be Imbolc (First stirrings of life on 2nd Feb) the next Pagan celebration. This always sparks renewed hopes and dreams when the snowdrops start to show