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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Daily Activities and Energy...

With a chronic disease you have to learn to pace yourself in order to do the things that are important to you. If you only have a certain amount of energy to expend in a day ( which we all find is not nearly enough to do all we want) we must chose the most needed or enjoyable activity for the day. If your priority is to clean the livingroom today, don't try planning to clean the whole house, concentrate on the livingroom one area at a time. If you want to have a lovely dinner for your family, don't try to do the grocery shopping and cleaning first...shop another day for the whole week and perhaps have carryout that night but cook dinner the remainder of the week. It's all about saving enough of our feel good time for the things that are the most important to us!

And learn to say no! Which is not as easy as it sounds...this is something we all may find very difficult...but it is extremely neccessary to practice the art of saying no! For our health's sake. Just say no when it is clearly something you do not feel able to take on or if it would mean leaving off something that is more important to you or your family.

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