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A whole world of reading is waiting for you to explore……

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I mentioned reading a gripping novel in my previous post ‘keep positive and motivated with fibromyalgia ‘. 

I have something different for you this week. 

JC, an avid reader all his life has written a guest post for us. I consider him far more qualified than me to write about reading and books. Having read all the books in the junior library when he was little. So here are his thoughts on reading……

Have you ever sat and thought,

‘How I would like to read a new adventure’

I know I have and very often when I was young, I found an easy way to find that adventure whenever I liked.

I found a book in our library that when I read it, it made me impatient to turn the pages and see if “my hero” could escape this fate that was staring him in the face.

Wow! Would he survive and how did he get out of this and for a moment it wasn’t my hero it was me in this terrible situation. But by his quick thinking (or luck) he managed to escape and live to fight another day. 

I could not wait to find another book in the same series or by the same author and embark on yet another hair raising tale of adventure.

In no time or so it seemed I had read all the books by this author and was looking anxiously for another that was similar or even better. 

I realised that other books, (non fiction) described other activities or places were also very interesting.

We were allowed to borrow up to five books at a time from our library and so I would borrow all my allowance and scuttle home with them and often be back for more before the week was out.

How wonderful it was to sail the high seas and have to be strapped to the mast to stay alive.

Or be flying in a fighter aircraft and be alone and attacked by three or more enemy aircraft. 

Or be in a courtroom and be arguing for my client to be found “not guilty”. 

Or to be in a jungle path with impenetrable jungle one side and a steep fall of a thousand metres the other side and coming charging down the path an angry tiger………

Great stuff JC, thanks for your post.

Has this inspired you to search out that book you have been meaning to read for ages? 

If you want to read a wide range of material from papers, magazines, fiction, non fiction,   biographies/autobiographies, audiobooks, ebooks. Start your search at your library.

Your local library is free!……and able to supply all of these for you.

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Blog, Chronic illness, Fibromyalgia, Invisible illness, Uncategorised, Volunteer

Keeping Positive and Motivated with Fibromyalgia

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Or trying to…….. When you have a long term condition like fibromyalgia and you often suffer from constant pain on a daily basis, it’s difficult to keep positive and motivated.

In January it’s probably more likely that you will feel more fed up. Feeling flat and deflated after Christmas is common for some.

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. 

Putting a positive slant on it. It’s a new year, and it could be time to try out a new hobby or something you have always wanted to but have never taken the time. I like creating things as you all know in decoupage! 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. 

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, looking at photos and reading a gripping novel are all ways to distract the mind.

I am lucky that I am able to work part time. I’ve found it helps me to some extent, as a distraction from pain. My job involves helping others and I find this is rewarding because it gives me a sense of purpose. I think if I did not work I would do some form of voluntary work, which involved helping others. 

Voluntary work is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a new challenge and it can be very rewarding. It benefits both the worker and employer and lots of various roles exist. If you are disabled or housebound don’t rule it out because many roles exist for homeworkers.

A number of organisations can help you to find volunteer roles in the UK.  The organisation Do-it offers lots of opportunities to volunteer, in areas nearby or from home.

What might you want to do?

What’s your inspiration?…….

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