On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

And then what?

I always said I’d be a lousy retiree because pretty much all my life I got up, showered, dressed & went to an office. But when it came to formally retiring a few months ago — way past normal retirement age, I might add — it is my smart phone that is saving me!

See, when I wake up it’s now investing an hour or more before getting up       to check the day’s weather, thumb through news of the world, U.S., health, science, entertainment, San Diego (where I lived for 20 years) and Portland, and then on to facebook, email, etc. All with an acetaminophen pill and coldpack on my painful back.

After that, I’m usually ready for a good day. Also, after participating in Kaiser’s physical therapy programs, arthritis class, spine class and a series of pain management classes, I have put in practice at least a few ways to minimize stress and (hopefully) override pain:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Listening to music plus writing (both are therapy)
  • Planning just one major thing to do or place to go in a day —
    a movie or a meetup, wash clothes, hot date, grocery shopping, etc.

I have to admit that I’m still at the computer for longer stretches of time than recommended, but writing plus googling about things I’ve always wanted to know make me oh-so-happy!



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