The 12th Invest in ME Research Conference June, 2017, Part 2
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What gives you joy every day?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by Azriel, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Azriel

    Azriel

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    I joined PR realizing that I've had CFS longer than I've lived being healthy. I hadn't really thought about it that way until recently.

    When I reflect back, I realize how much positivity has fostered an inner strength that helps me even when my body is weak. That's not to say I don't complain about how terrible I'm feeling, but I also joke about it and distract myself from dwelling on it.

    I've found that it really is the little things that can give some joy and happiness to each day. What's your something that you enjoy each day?
     
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  2. Hutan

    Hutan Senior Member

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    Yes, a cup of tea is a wonderful thing. Even better if I manage to make it in my teapot with loose tea, rather than just using a teabag in the cup.

    Another every day joy is a vase with fresh flowers or leaves. Today I have some yellow daffodils with orange trumpets in the jar on my kitchen table, not yet fully open. It's a little oasis of calm and beauty that I can look at while ignoring the mountain of dishes in my kitchen.

    daffodils.JPG
     
  3. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    Somewhere near Glasgow, Scotland
    My beloved Poppy puppy :)
    this is her in "scorpion tail" mode as I call it, lol


    poppy scorpion tail.jpg
     
  4. arewenearlythereyet

    arewenearlythereyet Senior Member

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    I like my first espresso in the morning. Ever since I restricted caffeine to one double when I get up, I look forward to it while I'm in bed going off to sleep.

    I also get the nature thing and like looking at life going on in my garden

    I recently saw one of these hummingbird moths for the first time which are amazing ..especially in England quite exotic

     
  5. lafarfelue

    lafarfelue Senior Member

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    My indoor plants give me joy. We're in a cold Spring at the moment, and I've still managed to propagate some more spiderplants, so I'm pretty chuffed with myself. I have a pile of dishes by my bed and I haven't been able to pull the sheets off my bed in about 2 months, but I make sure my plants are cared for as best possible.
     
  6. AndyPandy

    AndyPandy Making the most of it

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    Lots of things. Some every day and some occasional.

    Looking at the sea
    Hearing the kookaburras
    Russian Caravan Tea
    Watching whales and dolphins
    My favourite TV shows
    Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos
    My garden
    My indoor plants
    Getting out to my favourite cafe by the sea
    My favourite rug
    The ladies from crochet group
    Books
    Op shops
    My NutriBullet
    My crock pot
    Roasts
    Text conversations with my sister in law and cousin
    Dogs

    Plenty more if I think about it for longer.

    Best wishes Andy
     
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  7. Mij

    Mij Senior Member

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    my espresso, but have to limit to x3 week.
    Chai drinks
    raw desserts that I make and my new addiction . . . cupcakes (pic included)
    Cat videos because I can't have one due to allergies. You can ignore them but they won't go away @arewenearlythereyet
    my view of the skyline at night when all the stars are visible
    my friendly neighbourhood
    going out for walks when I'm having a good day
    music
    crockpot
    my new pillow ( I've been searching for years for the perfect one)
    silk duvet
    WhatsApp with my sister who lives far away
     

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    Daffodil Senior Member

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    @Hutan are those flowers from your garden?

    things that bring me joy: cup of tea with something sweet. i have this twice a day (if very unwell and down, three times). I am not supposed to have milk or probably caffeine or sugar according to doctor....but i do it anyway :-/

    rain (as long as its not too many days in a row)

    Ted Talks

    Music
     
  9. Daffodil

    Daffodil Senior Member

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    @Mij are those gluten free raw cupcakes?
     
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  10. Mij

    Mij Senior Member

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    @Daffodil not gluten free, but they contain no artificial colours, preservatives or transfats.
     
  11. Marky90

    Marky90 Science breeds knowledge, opinion breeds ignorance

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    Simply whatever that may keep my mind occupied I would say

    Making music.. Playing chess.. Watching something.. Hitting the town..Slow cycling. Enough to not bore yourselves to death:)
     
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    The apt. that I live in has a huge living room window from ceiling height down to floor level so I can see all the critters that come wondering by. Rabbits, birds including quail (the baby quail are too cute for words), the very occasional road runner, the local stray cat I've given the name tiger. They all bring a smile to my face.

    Also...........really enjoy the moments I get to spend with the different neighborhood dogs.
     
  14. Hutan

    Hutan Senior Member

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    No, usually the flowers are from my garden or given to me, but I bought those from a lady selling buckets of them by the side of the road for a charity.

    I'm happy to see so many people loving crockpots. I thought I was somewhat odd in getting so much joy from mine. I gave all of our nieces and nephews and my daughter crockpots when they left home!
     
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    During my housebound years I would watch those old BBC costume dramas where there are 3, or 6 or 13 episodes with characters that develop.
    Just 1 episode per day would be the big daily highlight.
    The 1996 Pride and Prejudice version.
    1975 series of "When the Boat Comes In" and 1980's "Tenko", about British women in the Japanese camps.
    "To Serve Them All My Days "- 1981

    I would rate them as the best television drama ever made.
    I don't like modern TV.

    It educated as well as entertained.

    Unfortunately now that I am not housebound, I can't get into TV watching in the same way.

    I like the crock pot and searching for a pillow suggestion :)
     
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  16. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member

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    What a lovely, uplifting thread!

    Tea (decaff)

    My kindle - it's nearly always by my side

    Dark chocolate - I order a month's supply at a time online (not that I eat that much!!!). Delivery day is fab!

    My steamer - it's s two tier job and really basic. My cheapest pot and my favourite.

    My dog.
     
  17. Mij

    Mij Senior Member

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    @Invisible Woman I admire that you have the willpower to keep one month's supply of chocolate in your house! I do not have that discipline and only buy small amounts at a time or it would be gone in no time.
     
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  18. arewenearlythereyet

    arewenearlythereyet Senior Member

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    I thought that too :thumbsup:

    I would like to know where @Invisible Woman gets her bulk buy from....I'm hoping it's cheaper than Tesco
     
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  19. Invisible Woman

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    @arewenearlythereyet & @ Mij

    Nope, sadly I cannot count willpower among my superpowers! :)

    As it's dark chocolate I can only eat a small amount at a time so it's kinda self limiting that way. Luckily!

    Back in the day before I got the sugar & carbs under control I simply couldn't be trusted around chocolate....or crisps...

    I also have set amounts as a "portion". I take that amount & put the rest back before wandering off to have it with a cuppa. Any more & I'll feel a bit sick which would be a disappointing waste.

    The Chocolate Trading Company is one place that has a great selection....very enjoyable shopping chore :thumbsup:
     
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  20. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Senior Member

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    I can't be trusted around chocolate either, however, dark chocolate I can't eat a lot of. I recently bought a bag of dark chocolate bark with sea salt and pumpkin seeds and so far I have only been eating one piece a day and not every day. That is definitely a record for me. :D
     
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