I found SuperBetter.com literally just yesterday, after watching one of the TED Talks with Jane McGonigal. I was a little skeptical at first. The video seemed interesting but I wasn’t entirely convinced that it could help me. I admit that the beginning just seems like a push for people to play more video games, but it does get more interesting closer to the end and does shift to focusing more on health and wellness. The SuperBetter site itself is made to feel like a simple game. Find little ways to improve aspects in your life and find healing by completing tasks, collecting allies, gaining power ups and defeating the bad guys. Who doesn’t love unlocking achievements and completing quests? It all sounded really easy – and fun – so I decided to give it a try. I think the video is worth the watch, and I hope that doing these daily small tasks on SuperBetter will help with my anxiety and stress in the long run. And really, who doesn’t want to live an extra 10 years?
One of the ‘quests’ on SuperBetter is to write a list of all my worries, stresses and fears, and then make a separate list of all the things I’m happy about, grateful for, and find enjoyable right now. So I made my negative list first, and to be honest, my negative list was long. Really long. I was getting a little worried there that my positive list would not be as long as the negative one. But interestingly enough, once I started the positive list, I found that I could really keep going on and on with this list as well.. I was worried my negative list would overwhelm my positive list, but this was not the case. How enlightening, really! How wonderful life is, no matter how negative you may feel at times.
Here’s my positive list from that exercise, because really, that’s what matters the most:
I am grateful for…
– my mom who goes above and beyond to bring me happiness
– my dad who will do whatever it takes to help me with anything and everything
– my brothers who have always been there to help me in any way, and have always looked out for me
– my friends, always there for me through it all to create fantastic memories
– the love of my life, so incredibly understanding, loving, and everything I could ever hope for
– this magnificent country with its magnificent people, health care, opportunities and equality
– television. really. my place to get away, my time to escape and live in another world with crazy friends and stories to stay with me always
– my health. yes there are hiccups but I am so grateful for how I am now when there is so much suffering in the world
– having a roof over my head, a fridge full of food, heat warming my toes, and light where there is darkness above
– creating artwork that has actually had an impact on someone’s life
– the internet. what wonders that have come from it that have had an impact on my life
– being able to travel over 2000 miles, to be able to see the clouds from above: a sight some may never see in their life
– music. it really is life changing
– my culture, its traditions and how proud I am to be who I am
– books. I can learn anything and everything from the words laid before me
– inside jokes. who doesn’t love a silly secret
– being able to (almost) find an app to help me with anything!
– the new year. new beginnings. new outlooks.
– laughter. without it, what is the point in living, really?
I bought these two from Amazon as my fibro has been only getting worse the past few months. My main reason for the purchase was The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. It’s insanely informative. But unless you’re trying to read it from beginning to end (not recommended!) it’s otherwise easy to navigate and read. It can be quickly overwhelming if you try to read through too much at once, but if you don’t want to read through too much information, you can easily rely on the diagrams for quick references. I admit I’m still trying to learn how to massage myself properly. It can take a bit of a learning curve, and it’s something that needs to be done regularly throughout the day – another challenge for me, because I just tend to plain forget. But I have high hopes for this book and really want to feel better. I absolutely love it so far. It covers pain from ALL over your body, from your head to your back to your arms and feet. Headaches, nasal pain, allergies, even. Right now my main focus is my neck, shoulders, and hands. I honestly think though that my entire body is just plain messed up, because I’ve found some level of pain from every trigger point I’ve tried to hit with this book so far. Jeebus. I don’t know why I didn’t get this book sooner.
I also picked up The Portable Miracle Ball Method as more of a on-the-go option.. but I mostly got it for the ball, with the book being secondary. I’ve actually found the ball to be really helpful with the Trigger Point book instead. The Trigger Point therapy is the massage for the pain, while the Miracle Ball Method feels more like the yoga of pain relief. Relax, lay on the ball, and breathe. I think it’s an interesting balance between the two. Again, I really need to use both of these books more frequently than I am; so I haven’t seen results quite yet, but I hope to get some pain relief with them both.
Hopefully I can also get a thera-cane in the future as well!