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I’m sure you think to yourselves- what? there’s no pain whatsoever when you retire early! there is no pain to kill in paradise!
Well then- perhaps all other early retirees don’t experience any pain- I get the occasional headache, and backache. whatever age-related ache.
Because that’s life and it isn’t all fun and roses -even in early retirement.
#Not that early retirement isn’t the best decision I ever made- it’s just that I do my best to keep it as real as possible here- and the reality contains occasional aches.
So what’s the big deal? take generic paracetamol (or 2?) and get on with your life!
At the risk of coming across as an (aging) new age mumble-jumble believer- (which I am not- simply too sarcastic to be included), I believe that pain is our body’s way of saying something to us.
Screaming- more likely.
I believe that mild headaches -(I am not talking migraines -these need special and professional care!)are a sign of physical or emotional stress and definitely mean “stop! take care of yourself! something is wrong, and deal with it now before anything else. “. quite a long message- and yet.
The same goes for rising fever.
I remember those long days at work, going to court feeling sick, and sensing at the entrance that my fever is rising- sitting in my car and popping 2 Advills -only to go inside and keep going until the day is done- and so am I.
Some days are like that- I know. been there. but there are many other days that reaching for the pain relief pill box is the automatic response- not always the right one for your body, because if the body needs to stop, and use the rest time to mend the cause of the pain- then going on isn’t going to help.
I just want to point out that as I am writing this very post. my back is acutely acting up, as a direct result of collecting and sawing wood through all of last week- I mean daily 2-3 hours of labor, aside from my usual walks+swims. I kind of knew this was going to happen but ignored logic and kept going, driven by my all-time “no rest until everything is done” motive.
So- I can tell you what I do instead of taking painkillers:
I take a good shower, drink a lot of cold water, and lie down, in a quiet place, and try to relax. maybe even sleep.
*Actually- sleeping the headache off is my preffered method- (I don’t drink alcohol so this isn’t hangover or anything like that- if you happen to feel an urge to know why I stopped all kinds of alcohol- read here in the link: How I improved my blood works results.). I found out that often times I get a headache when feeling stressed or sad (yes- despite early retirement- some days I feel sad- but it passes- time heals etc ). I also found out I cannot help my anxiety or sadness in the midst of the occurring situation- but after a good night’s sleep- I see everything so clearly! so- sleep, definitely sleep.
But! please don’t get me wrong- I don’t mean sleep the headache off and ignore its origin- on the contrary- when I wake up, I try to write down in my diary ( told you- nerd) what it was that upset me to begin with- then try and attack it logically.
As for my current back pain- I put some lotion -not affiliated or sponsored or anything- just a reliable product- called “Perskindol”- that helps with muscle tensions- and put an ice pack , the necessary shower, and I try to rest- which is the most difficult thing for me- because of that above mentioned “no rest ” motive.
I try to think about the pain- and try to just go through it- instead of ignoring it, because pain – in my experience- is part of being alive, not a fun part- but still- a necessary one- so I can appreciate all the really good times of just being.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.