Is it possible to stay positive and motivated?

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It’s difficult enough at the moment with Covid19, but when you have a long term condition like fibromyalgia it’s added stress. Especially if you suffer from constant pain on a daily basis.

My most FAQ as a fibromyalgia sufferer is….

‘Why am I in pain again and what will make me feel better?’

In truth there’s no quick fix. It’s going to vary quite a bit from person to person, what can help. How much pain I’m in has a huge impact on this.

“Personally I have found any form of distraction helps.” 

When my pain is very bad watching a film or tv program helps. Even though it is only for an hour or so; if I can be pain free just for an hour it’s really helpful. 

Listening to your favourite music, talking to friends or family via the phone, looking at photos and reading a gripping novel are all ways to distract the mind.

“Another way I motivate myself, particularly at the moment is to set myself small achievable challenges or goals.”

I recently set myself the challenge of growing my own plants from seed this year. I was lucky to be able to buy some seeds and compost, and get them delivered. After sorting out some old plant pots; I filled them with compost and sowed the seed. When my seeds germinated, I was able to watch them grow into mini plants. In a few weeks time, my carer will plant them in the garden.

It’s a great feeling to watch something you have sown yourself growing into a beautiful plant”

My carer set himself the challenge of cooking an authentic Italian meal with ingredients from a restaurant that had closed in the lockdown.  The result is a delicious meal.

“It could be time to try out a new hobby or something you have always wanted to but have never taken the time.”

I enjoy being creative, spending an hour working on making a simple greetings card or learning to paint using a new technique. Being absorbed by a hobby for me really lifts my spirits. Working on a project and seeing it through to completion is really exciting for me.

Even writing my blog is a great way to help put things into perspective sometimes. I’ve written a few emails and letters to friends recently and found it gets me thinking, and distracting the thought process.

Do you have any ideas on how to feel better you could share?

New Decoupage Designs

I’ve just completed a few new items, all heart shaped. Each item was painted first and then covered with decoupage paper and other decorations. For further details have a look on Etsy

Decoupage Heart Shaped Box

Decoupage Wooden Heart (front and back)

Decoupage Wooden Heart (front and back)

Chinese New Year Decoupage Piggy Bank

Happy Chinese New Year 2019.

This year to celebrate the Year of the Pig. I’ve created a useful piggy bank for collecting loose coins that clutter up wallets and purses.

I started by painting it first with deep red acrylic and added some decorative paper shapes. Finishing off with eyes and a metallic pipe cleaner tail.

This one off piece is available for sale, please contact me below for enquires.