by Waynette Brock
Creating a WRAP opens a whole world of possibilities for you. Your plan allows you to become more than a diagnosis or label, while you truly discover yourself and enjoy all that life has to offer.
Having a WRAP for dealing with the effects of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome has allowed me to consistently participate in life! I have incorporated the 5 Key Recovery Concepts into each and every part of my day through my Wellness Tools that I use to feel better such as yoga, stretching, hot showers, massage therapy, etc.
Without HOPE there is not a reason for me to reach into my Wellness Toolbox. Every morning I have hope and find a purpose to get up – I choose to show up for the day in honor of those that are unable to. I take Personal Responsibility to actually use my action plans. I educate myself on what works well and what is less effective for me. I practice Self Advocacy by clearly and concisely communicating what my needs are to my doctors so that they can be met – actually I demand it as I do not want medications that have harmful side effects – then I have to gather up Support to get through the day while dealing with what use to be unbearable chronic pain. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to have a plan that allows me to recover from the effects of this horrible disease – I live with dis-ease not a disease.
My WRAP consists of things that I need to do every day in order to be present and to function in the world.
Following are the three things that I commit to doing every day to stay well:
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WRAP is not just a time period in your life, it is a lifestyle. Once you have been through a WRAP program, or the process of developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan using Peer Support, your lifestyle will change and you may find that you are feeling healthier and happier.
As you keep using WRAP, as much as you want to stick to your plans, and keep up with your relationships with your Peer Supporters, you may find that it is not always easy, that “life” gets in the way. What can keep you from using your WRAP or from using it as intensively as you know would work for you? Responses to this question from people who are working to live WRAP include:
- Convincing yourself or justifying that you don’t have to or need to do the things in your WRAP
- Getting distracted by other things like email, video games, family issues, and household tasks
- Have a hard time “getting around to” doing the things that are “good for you”
- Lack of motivation
- Feeling like other things are more important than taking care of yourself
- Feeling like you are “not worth it”
- Feeling like other people’s needs are more important than yours
Sally feels that the way she sees herself in the world and beliefs about herself get in the way of using her WRAP, things like not valuing herself and telling herself things like...Read More . . .
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