When is enough, enough? Turns out for me it’s when your nervous system packs in!
I’m typing this despite Dr’s orders as I should really have my right arm in a sling and be limiting any neck movement. I must be slightly on the mend though as I’m grumpy and itching to do something!
As you all know I LOVE my exercise and as the super sleuths amongst you may have deduced, I’ve had a lot of stress going on for over 7 months now. Thankfully that has come to a happy end but the sheer release of 7 months pent up anxiety has been overwhelming.
For me, exercise has always been the ultimate stress buster but turns out that over exercising, when you are wound up tighter than the tin man, can lead to serious, debilitating pain and in my case, scapula inflammation and trapped nerves. Yup – it really is as painful as it sounds. Its brought me to tears on several occasions this week and I have a very high pain threshold. I actually asked Franco to chop my right arm off the other night in bed, the angry tight nerves were throbbing so much I literally couldn’t stand it.
It also turns out that excessive over indulgence in red wine and Haribo are also NOT the answer! Knew that already and of course wrote that with a large pinch of my usual self-deprecating humour. I don’t touch Haribo these days! I prefer Rowntree’s Fruit Gums!
Reluctantly I have had to knock exercise on the head until my little stressed out body has recovered. However, always one to see a positive in every situation, I will use the next weeks wisely as I journal about my journey to recovery, combining traditional and holistic treatments and uncovering just what worked best for me.
So far I can confirm that traditional drugs aren’t cutting the mustard. Ended up in A&E on Tuesday, the pain was so bad, and that’s despite having been on anti-inflammatories, pain killers and muscle relaxants for over a week now.
I know! The irony of it given that my blog is called fabfitforty! I feel like such a fraudster!
However, even the fittest and health conscious amongst us can’t escape or deny matters of the heart and we all have a breaking point. I just had mine so hopefully I’m on the road to recovery again – emotionally and physically.
What I have learnt the last few weeks is that you really must look after yourself. It’s not selfish, even though it might feel that way to the martyrs amongst us.
As a very wise and precious lady in my life told me earlier this week, none of us are put here to save anyone else and we all owe it to ourselves to make the very best of our lives. You can only do that if you are mentally as well as physically strong and if you listen to your mind and your body and make time for much need rest and relaxation.
I live my life at a fast pace, pretty much flat out full throttle most days and it’s amazing how much I do manage to cram in yet ironically how I’ve not found time to have any time off this year (apart from moving house which was no walk in the park. I think my Dad is still traumatized by the level of Franco’s, let’s just call it clumsiness!)
I always throw myself 100% into everything I do and that can be draining, especially if your tank is already running on empty. I’ve been in a heightened state of anxiety for most of 2017 but stoically getting on with it. Stiff upper lip old girl! Well last week that lip wibbered, a lot, and I’ve been forced to take a bit of time off, just as the rest of you are probably ramping up for the Xmas party season!
Sadly, I’m not relaxing on a beach somewhere. However, I will make sure that happens in 2018, even if it is a cheap apartment rather than a chic boutique resort.
So apologies that I’ve not been blogging much but I was mid meltdown! Normal service will be resumed asap!
In the meantime I have swapped
Red wine for Turmeric tea
Cow’s milk for almond milk.
Pilates and Metafit for long walks around Thorndon country park
Blogging for Meditating
Working for Relaxing (with holistic massages and acupuncture sessions – more on those later as they have been a BIG part of my recovery)
I’m bored brainless by the way but I know it has to be done if I want to get my sparkle back and attack 2018 with full fabfitforty force.
So ladies (and any gentlemen happening to read this blog) look after yourself this festive season. May it be merry and bright and full of laughter, love and light!
Much love and fabulousness,
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