Spring is on its way! The weather is getting warmer and sunnier. It’s time to get out and get active. It’s almost time to stop wearing your jacket, and then all those sweaters and extra layers…
Except if you have uterine fibroids and they cause you persistent pelvic pain, it’s a major effort to get up and get to work in the morning. Who’s thinking about more strenuous activities?
And if your fibroids cause bumps in your belly or anywhere else, your extra layers may be the last thing you want to get rid of.
How can you enjoy spring?
30-Day “Get Comfortable With My Body” Challenge
You are beautiful. Your uterine fibroids may cause you pain and discomfort, but they don’t detract from your inherent beauty. We know that – and we want you to realize it too.
So we’re inviting you to rise to the challenge and, over the next month, as spring settles in, pick at least one of the following activities to do every day.
Stretching increases flexibility and reduces risk of injury. If you’ve been crammed behind a desk, in a car or on public transportation for most of the day, it will help release tension and increase your sense of overall wellness. Best of all, you don’t need any special equipment or location – and it doesn’t require a big investment of time. Do it right in your home, on the floor or on a mat.
Here are visual instructions for some basic stretches. Doing each one of these for 10-20 seconds will only take about 2-3 minutes, and help your body to feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Wear clothing you love
We mean clothing you LOVE and that makes you love yourself – not clothing that covers up what you don’t love. Look in your closet and put on the outfit that you feel you look GOOD in. Make sure to stop a few times over the course of the day to look at yourself in the mirror and appreciate yourself.
Don’t have any clothing like that? Move on to the next activity:
Buy an outfit that makes you feel confident
When you have outfits or styles you feel you can’t wear anymore because of your fibroids, it can be painful to look at those clothes – either in your closet or on the store rack. Yet somehow, we find ourselves drawn to looking at that clothing again and again, refreshing our pain and frustration at not being able to wear the things we used to love.
Let it go.
Take a step forward in your journey towards controlling your fibroids and aim at feeling good in those styles again. In the meantime, embrace a new style. Open yourself up to a style that enables you to be comfortable and free to feel beautiful.
You might want to try styles in the spirit of spring: breezy and flowing skirts or dresses, light layered tunics and tops. Find them in your favorite colors and patterns.
(Once it’s in your closet, go back to the last activity – and wear it!)
This doesn’t have to be going to the gym. If you can, fantastic! But that might be too big a challenge, whether due to physical pain, discomfort wearing a standard “gym outfit,” or comparing your body and what you can do to everyone else there.
So don’t. It’s spring now, remember? Get out and walk! Find a pretty place in your area: a public garden, a picturesque neighborhood – or just a tree-lined street – and take a 30 minute walk.
You’ll strengthen your muscles, your cardiovascular system – and exercise is great for our emotional wellness, too.
It’s a growth challenge
Spring is a time for growth. Flowers, trees, baby animals… and us, too.
We challenge you to grow in appreciation of your body and your beauty.
You can do it. We’re cheering you on.
To see if you might suffer from uterine fibroids. Visit https://fibroidsconnect.com/symptom-checker