My Movement Goals
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We've also got a whole section on paced activities to help you reach your movement goals. We've partnered with the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (http://www.cirpd.org/) to bring you some webinars that could help, including this one on exercising and chronic pain.
Check out our other resources on activities on Live Plan Be! Then "check-in" on your Action Plan and track your progress under our "Manage My Pain" tab.
If you like, you can let us know here on the Forum how you are doing. If you are running into challenges, do not feel discouraged - it can take time.
In terms of small steps at a time I had a mini revelation a couple days ago. I was going somewhere - doesn't matter where- and normally I'm thinking ahead, gotta do this, then that, then that, and oh yeah there's this...and this time, for no obvious reason I just realized this: right now I'm on my way somewhere. I'm driving. That's it. Later I will be doing that other thing, but it doesn't matter because right now I'm just doing this. Driving. It seems so dumb to even write it now, but at the time it was like "wow" all I have to do right now is drive, nothing else matters. I felt sort of at peace the rest of the day even though I was busy and still had pain.
So for me and small steps it's just trying to do the thing I'm doing right now and nothing else. The whatever comes next will just come next after this.
So Donnal, right now you are just getting out of bed. That's it. Nothing else. Whatever comes next is what you'll be doing next. If it's a goal, just do the very first next thing. Then the next.
Simple, but it just sort of hit me.
Today I used "Pomodoro technique" which is working for 25 minutes, then taking a 5 minute break, then working another 25, break for 5, and after three of those 25 minute periods, taking a long break. Each time I take a five minute break I have to get up and move out of my seat. Sometimes all I do is go get a glass of water, other times I stretch, but because it's on my computer i get an automatic reminder to TAKE A BREAK and so I do it. To me it's the moving about that's making a real difference and not just to my body, but also my brain! I'm a bit fresher and can concentrate a bit more.
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