New Year’s Suggestions to Help You Live Well with Endometriosis in 2019

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I could recommend a ton of resolutions to help you manage your endometriosis , but I know that New Year’s goals can seem daunting. So this year, I decided to make suggestions that are less scary and add to your life, rather than take away from it.

Mindfulness for pain

If chronic pain is something that’s affecting your daily life, this site:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/mindfulness-in-frantic-world/201501/can-mindfulness-meditation-really-reduce-pain-and-suffering

may be helpful for you. The practice is based on the theory that pain has two components: primary and secondary. Primary pain is the physical pain itself, while secondary pain is our brain’s reaction to it, which can intensify the pain we experience.

When it comes to living with chronic pain, our feelings about the pain can naturally lead to depression and anxiety, causing us to live in fear of the next flare-up. Mindfulness for pain can help us to adjust our perspective on our pain, change the way our mind responds to it, and even reduce it. You can do on-line courses or in- person classes on mindfulness for pain. The following article is particularly useful :

it gives the benefits of the practice for chronic pain conditions.

Gratitude journal

Gratitude journals sound a bit cliché, but gratitude, much like mindfulness, has been shown to be beneficial to our well-being

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201511/how-gratitude-leads-happier-life”

While I’ve managed to get my endometriosis under control, I haven’t been able to shake the anxiety and depression that kicked in when my endometriosis returned several years ago. Then, following my attendance at some talks on gratitude:

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/gratitude-ted-talks-videos/

And on the research about it, I decided to give the gratitude thing a go.

I still struggle with depression and anxiety, but taking time to be grateful has made these conditions more bearable and has improved how I feel about my life and condition. Every morning, I write down three things I’m grateful for so I can start my day feeling boosted. And before our evening meal, my partner and I tell each other what we’re thankful for that day.

You don’t have to start writing a gratitude journal; you could name a few things in your mind each night as you go to sleep, or try different techniques for cultivating gratitude.

Whatever you decide to do, being more grateful is good for all of us.

Yoga

Yoga has an uplifting and calming effect. I find the practice to be the quickest way to get myself out of a dark mood or cheer myself up if endometriosis is giving me a hard time.

Whenever I practice yoga, I feel my perspective shift and my mental state alter as I move. It’s almost as if the imaginary chains that bind me fall off with each pose, and by the end of the session, I am free of them. The issues I am struggling with still exist, but they have less of a grip on me.

Yoga is also a beautiful way of making peace with your body. Our physical bodies are often where painful feelings, both physical and emotional, reside, but yoga can transform these experiences, even if it’s just for one hour. Feeling and watching my body move in new ways brings me hope and confidence that it is capable of overcoming the limitations that endometriosis puts on it.

What are you hoping to start in 2019 to help you manage your endometriosis?

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