Barbara has shared her personal experience and thoughts about exercising and the necessary accompanying perseverance in a previous article. Now that we have launched the community, we would like to ask you for your opinion about this topic. Here's the article again, for those who haven't read it before.
Although exercising is very important, you should consult a physician before beginning a new exercise.
After your attitude (see my last article), the other very important component of dealing with chronic pain is perseverance. I, for one, know this first hand. I underwent chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer and because of the overwhelming nature of dealing with cancer and the discomfort I experienced during my treatment, I fell into a ‘poor me’ mentality. I stopped doing… I stopped doing just about everything that required physical exertion. As a result, after the nine month treatment was over, my stamina was rock bottom. It was not long after that when I started to experience neuropathy. “Oh great,” I told myself. “How can I exercise and regain my stamina with this foot pain?”
My pain is not nearly as bad as some. As long as I wear the widest Croc clog I can, I am able to walk, but it is extremely tiring. Yet, I have found that if I persevere and make myself walk casually, I sleep better and I feel better. Yes, the attitude factor is needed at this time. I know how I respond to movement, to even casual walking, and therefore I must keep my attitude strong so that I will persevere. I do not have to do my whole route. Just doing a part of it is still good.
Whatever exercise it is that you can do, do not belittle it. You cannot look at it from the eyes of someone in good health. You have to look at it from your perspective! Maybe it is doing exercises while sitting in a chair. If so, do them and do them to the best of your ability. Set up a program or routine and do it as often as you can. OK, you have a day when your body or mind is totally overwhelmed; do not berate yourself for not being able to do it. Rest your mind and your body so that you will be ready the next day. Perhaps exercise or any real physical movement is beyond you. Perhaps massage or stretching in place is possible.
You say you are unable to do exercise of any kind? Use your mind and consult your doctor or therapist. Find a goal and do what you can to reach it. Put your mind to work and make it grow. Behind all this, will be your attitude. It is how you look at yourself, at your situation and your life that will make it possible for you to ‘put one foot in front of the other’ literally or figuratively.
As Winston Churchill once said: "If you are going through hell, keep going."
Here I have a link to more quotes about perseverance. There are some great names and people who have much to say on the matter. Hopefully one of these quotes will reach out to you and help you to keep going when the times get tough. Me, I am going to do my best to get my act in order so I can say I did more than just write some words for you. I am going to listen to what I have written here and make it a reality.
Barbara Zarrella, Florida, USA
What is your experience about perseverance?