Luxy Hair’s 30 Day Self Care Challenge, Day 7: Pamper yourself: take a long shower or bubble bath.
Read more about this journey by checking out my previous acts of self-love.
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I have a bad back–have since I broke my ankle and it never healed properly. Today at work, while I was bending down to pick up a case of water, I tweaked it. I (somehow) stayed through the rest of my shift but the moment I got home, I flopped on the couch, flat on my back.
Luckily, my chiropractor had a crack in his schedule and my massage therapist was able to squeeze me in.
I don’t have a bathtub in my house, so that’s not an option, and the idea of standing for any period of time, let alone for the time it would take for a “long shower,” seems horrendous.
So, my act of self-care today will be to lay in bed and read the new book I bought a few weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to even open yet. The self-care part of this is that I will not feel guilty for doing it!
Thoughts on my Problem
One of the things I dislike more than anything is people who compare pain.
An older gentleman who came into the store today made a snippy comment on why I was moving so slowly. I told him that I have an injured back and I tweaked it. I apologized for moving slowly. He went into a rant about how people these days don’t know real pain. His back is sore all the time. Etc. Etc.
I was very kind about it, told him that there are all different kinds of pain. Some are achy, some are sharp. Some feel like there’s a person digging a needle into a nerve (cough cough). I told him I was sorry that he was in pain.
Why is it that people feel the need to hurt more than others? If I were to say I pulled a muscle, there’s always someone who will come back at me with, “Well I tore a muscle.” Okay. Solid. We’re both in pain. Why does it have to be a competition?
Instead of comparing our pain to others, let’s try to find comradery in our similar injuries. Instead of saying “Oh, I have that too and [insert attempt at oneupmanship],” say, “I feel you. I’m sorry you’re in pain. I have some suggestions on how to help.”
Pain is pain. Hurt is hurt.
Try to drink 64oz of water per day my loves!
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