This year 2020 will be etched in memory …a year we all will remember for years to come..

For me personally, I had a lot of hardships and a personal loss. My mum passed away, it was a grief way too deep….it was just her life’s lessons and memories that took me through the months.

All the uncertainty and negativity of Covid 19 got me additional strength and resilience. Tough challenges made me stronger, paving the way to a positive mindset which defined my physical and emotional well-being.

Gratitude to the Almighty for every breath I drew into my lungs. I have learned anew to never again take the beautiful things in life for granted and to treasure all our moments and each other.

Looking forward to a more buoyant soul, a robust spirit, a healthy body, and a calm mind..in 2021!!!

A week of reflection 2020 @rapositivehub.com…..

As I reflect on how the pandemic has impacted my life and the lives of my family and friends, I’ve noticed one critical element missing from the lockdown and safe distance: human connection.

We ask each other, “How are you doing?” But do you think we all are truly looking for a full and candid response? I am not signifying we are being insincere, but perhaps the expression has become more of a virtual salutation than a true concern! My typical response is either “great ” or “good.” I mean it, even when it is not true—which is to say, I’m just trying to be positive and move on……

This makes me wonder, are we bypassing moments to understand how each other is doing and coping with life, particularly in a time when we are confronted with the challenges of existing through a global pandemic?

So now, let me stop and ask the question again: How are you doing, really? And I mean it….

It’s true that I have lost something or the other and you too  —failure to recognize this would be some form of super denial. I have lost our hugs and handshakes,small family & friend gatherings, window shopping, and impulsive walk through the corniches and cities by-lanes!

We all need to be aware that life needs to go on ..and just pondering will not get us to where we need to go..to be simply joyful in the moment  as Arthritic Warriors!

Joy isn’t found in yesterday or tomorrow; it’s found right here, at this moment. Happiness is something we design and create for our own selves rather than being tendered to us by other people or external environments.

Happiness exists on many levels. And as Arthritic Warriors not all are blissful and all-inclusive. Some are tender, some are bittersweet. Some happiness makes you feel like you’re going to burst, while at other times, it slips up on you. The key is to acknowledge your happiness at the moment and look for the little things in life that bring much joy. What it takes is an inner change of perspective and attitude. And that’s truly good news because it’s something anyone can do. when you focus on the present moment, you are much more likely to feel centered, happy, and at peace. You’re also much more likely to notice the good things that are happening, rather than letting them pass by unnoticed.

Honestly, I have never known life to be as tough as it has been during 2020. It’s still hard, and I’d still like very much for it to stop. But I can still experience moments of happiness. Through the 2020 pandemic zone…I had decided to intentionally put less energy into counterattacking change and more energy into fully engaging inside my moments, finding “the happy” whenever I can.

Who knows where I’ll find it next? It might be during a walk or a conversation, inside a movie, or a song. Or, it could simply be sitting on my kitchen counter, brewing a slow cooker broth waiting to be turned into a delicacy!

As Arthritic Warriors, I believe there are big-time benefits for finding simple moments of happiness in each day, in light of the challenging times we are all facing together……rapositivehub.com

SLEEP – SELF CARE SERIES @ rapositivehub.com

A well-known fact we all Arthritic Warriors experience is our painful conditions which affect our sleep patterns. It also could be called Secondary Insomnia which arises as to the symptom of a warriors pre-existing condition.

  • Problem in getting to sleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Lethargic feeling on waking up

It’s a continuous list of issues one could face however I feel that if simple basic steps are taken it aids in increasing the quality of sleep and that means indulging in simple basic Self-Care techniques.

  • Take my meds
  • Have my dinner early
  • Try n keep the room dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature
  • Check that my pillows are comfortably placed and try and use soft molded pillows whenever I have neck pain etc.
  • Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  • Avoid taking any tea /coffee before sleeping

It is a common perception that pain is felt more at nights… which is true because there are no regular day time distractions hence more concentration on all areas which are immobile and tender plus the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol are naturally lower at night adding to staying still in one position might cause joints to stiffen up.

Lack of sleep reduces the pain threshold and pain tolerance of an individual.

Our mood symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and anxiety often cooccur with sleep disturbance and pain and that changes in our mood symptoms which might contribute to self-reported pain after our continued sleep disturbances.

To summarize it’s a continuous cycle in which sleep disturbance activates clinical symptoms of pain, which then contributes to further sleep loss. Hence, I feel that there has to be the potential to redirect the clinical and alternate therapies for management of pain in RA patients which can focus on sleep and the prevention and treatment of sleep disturbances!

The recognition that patients, even with similar diagnoses, are ‘not all the same’ speaks to the potential of tailoring support from healthcare providers and self-care management modalities to encourage healthy sleep, rest, and activity that align with a warrior’s habits and needs.

As a RA warrior living with rheumatoid arthritis the above comments mentioned by me, I guess should resonate strongly with other RA Warriors!!

Go all out and take care of yourself well…Nobody can take away our pain, but let us not allow arthritic pain to take away our happiness and peace of mind… let us work continuously on ourselves….rapositivehub.com