So if you didn't see the introduction last week, in this weekly feature I am going to be tackling the wellness industry in my position as someone who is chronically unwell. You can read my aims in the manifesto but this week I wanted to talk about my current priorities and set some short term and longer term goals for myself.
I think sometimes we overwhelm ourselves with too many goals at once, or set more long term goals and I don't know about you but I am very easily distracted! I need some things to work straight away or I won't stick to them. I would say that the main themes in my life are as follows:
These at times can all entwine with each other and right now I think that these are the main four things I need to think about when planning anything. As a said before I have no desire to lose weight or anything, but what I do want to do is have my body working as best it can with the conditions I have. So in the short term I would like to:
- Increase the amount of good quality sleep I am getting. As you know I work three nights a week and while I am getting a decent sleep in the day on my days off I feel unable sometimes to sleep at night. I will be trialling a few products etc to help me set a good routine. I also want to look at the science behind things such as naps. In the long term I also want to completely cut my consumption of energy drinks and stop relying on sugar to get me through night shifts.
- As far as my pain is concerned I want to stop relying so much on painkillers. This may be controversial and I would NEVER tell anyone else that I think they should do this but my issue is that I am taking a lot of painkillers. I want to read more about anti inflammatory foods and supplements as I feel a lot of my pain is coming from inflammation.
- The last two things are definitely linked together and again I have a lot reading to do into more research, but I have tried to tweak my diet before and I got to a stage where I was eating barely anything and STILL having symptoms, where as the more I get my anxiety under control the more I feel my IBS is controlled.