When I’m doing my morning yoga routine, I hurt. And I tend to moan and groan a little as I ease into poses. But sometimes, I get so sick of hearing myself moan and groan. And on days when I feel my depression creeping in on top of the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, moans and groans can make my heart hurt, too. So I came up with three fun sounds to make instead to crack myself up. I think they’ll help you, too—at the very least, you’ll have a laugh!

*AWAP = As Well As Possible

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(Loose) Transcript:

(Jenni making weird sounds)

Hi! I’m Jenni Grover Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible).

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Sometimes when I’m doing my morning yoga routine, I hurt. OK, fine – let’s be real – I always hurt when I’m doing my morning yoga. And I tend to moan and groan a little as I ease into poses.

My beau, Joe, is used to this. Sometimes I feel bad, because I know it must make him feel uncomfortable to hear me groaning so much – but when I say “I’m sorry,” his response is always, “babe, don’t apologize – you’ve gotta express that pain so you can let it out.” (He is so smart!)

But sometimes, even I am sick of hearing myself moan and groan. And on days when I feel my depression creeping in on top of the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, moans and groans can make my heart hurt, too. So I came up with three fun sounds to make instead to crack myself up.

The sounds are really simple. First: cartoon horn.

Ah ooo gah!

Just imagine shouting that as you feel pain, instead of sighing, or moaning. Ah ooo gah!

Next up: karate sounds.

Hiyah!

Just imagine you are bending over to pick up something and your back twinges. Instead of groaning, a little hiyah! can really hit the spot.

Finally, try this one out: Hey-oh!

This one is just plain stupid, but it makes me laugh so hard to shout this when I’m in pain instead of some boring groan.

Hey-oh!

 

OK, obviously, this is just an exercise in silliness. My sounds may not work for you. You may think I’m a big dork. (Alix off camera: oh yea!)

The point I’m trying to make is, the way we express ourselves matters. If you’re able to make the sounds you need to make when you’re in pain or discomfort and they help release some of the pain or tension, awesome. But if by doing that, you are kind of marinating in the discomfort and staying there by choice, it may be time to think up some new ways to express yourself.

Make a joyful sound, babe. Or a fart sound. Or a karate chop sound. Make it fun.

Thanks for watching today! How do YOU crack yourself up when things are difficult? Do you have a favorite sound? I’d love to know. Share your strategy in the comments here or head on over to the blog at ChronicBabe.com to join the conversation—I want to hear what YOU have to say.

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Until we meet again, be AWAP! Smooches!