It’s Tuesday again…
Things have been uncomfortable lately. There’s more change going on around us. The next local COVID surge is imminent with good weather, protests and a desire to “get back to normal.” The protests would say otherwise, that “normal” is not something that we should want to go back to. I would agree unequivocally. Black lives matter. If you feel uncomfortable reading those words from your pelvic health provider’s newsletter, join the club. It’s not something I ever thought I would write as a health care provider, but I”m doing my best to get uncomfortable, using my voice where I can.
I’ve spent the past week watching webinars, reading & educating myself about black women’s health, talking to our kids & making sure it wasn’t the generic MLK/Rosa Parks talk. I’ve also seen patients uncomfortable in this time, symptoms surging, emotions heightened and several cancelling appointments- “I didn’t have time to focus on my homework this week, another week and I’ll get back to it.” I could let it go, but knowing me, I can’t. This is exactly the time to try to make change- use the uncomfortable to learn & grow.
Just like I tell my postpartum clients, what are you trying to “get back” to, and why was it so amazing in the first place? Back to a time you didn’t know your body as well as you do now? Back to a time when the waters looked smooth on the surface and unrest was swirling underneath? Now is actually the right time to look at our body’s reactions, sit in the uncomfortable & learn how to find a way out that makes true change.
Anxiety increasing your pain or leakage? I can guarantee this won’t be the last time you feel this way. Let’s work to figure out how to see it coming next time & address it, or catch yourself in the middle of it & make the changes that will help your symptoms next time. Feeling worse since you haven’t been working out? Regular exercise builds your resilience & improves you ability to handle stress and medical challenges, both being very likely scenarios in the coming weeks.
Remember when I talked about change and transition? We’re at a transition point each day (although it feels like we’ve had more than enough changes in the past 90 days!). We get to choose if we want to go back or go forward. We don’t know what forward looks like, and usually forward implies there’s going to be some discomfort.
I leave you with this quote from Seth Godin:
“Discomfort brings engagement and change.
Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do,
because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m hoping a little discomfort for is exactly what you need to do something great this week.
Stay safe and well.