Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Things that make me happy

I haven't talked at all about psychology since I graduated from school last year. That's been for a couple of reasons, one of which was I was rather burnt out by the time I was done. Being so burnt may have in some way contributed to my having RA. We may never know for sure but I am sure all the stress didn't help matters any. Since my diagnosis earlier this year I've been going back and re-reading some of the books on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfullness, and Positive Psychology. I've been able to look with fresh eyes and a slightly different perspective on how these approaches to psychologic health can be used to help clients with chronic illnesses, well, since now I am one.

One of the simplest things to do (either on your own or with the help of a therapist) is make a list of things that make you happy. By spending just a little time refocusing your thoughts from whats wrong to whats right with you, about you, and in your life you can change how you feel emotionally as well as physically. So for the rest of this post and in future posts I'm going to share things that make me happy.

Todays happiness is: My Ipod. Yes one of things that makes me happiest in the world is my Ipod. Of course the music can help lift my mood, but its more than that. I have always had trouble turning my brain off when I'm trying to fall alseep. I find that if I have some background noise I'm better able to that. I used to fall asleep in front of the TV in the living room or have the radio on next to my bed, both of which was disturbing to my husband. When I got an Ipod and the right set of head phones I could have my back ground noise and not disturb my husband. An Ipod uses less energy than a TV and I can easily set the sleep timer feature which is something I could never figure out how to do on our TV. The memory capacity even, in some of the older models of Ipods, means that I can have a variety of media at my finger tips. I have a wide range of music, I love audio books and I even have some TV shows on my Ipod now. I love not having to choose a group of CD's (or way back in the day tapes) to take with me when I go out. When I have to sit for 2-3 hours getting my Remicade infusion I have everything I need to help pass the time. When my husband gave me this device I don't think either one of us had any idea of just how helpfull I find it. Yes, my Ipod is truly one of the things that makes me happy.

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