# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 32

From the archives

14th July 2011

HELLABORE 

Canon EOS 500D

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

ISO 1600

f/10

1/25s       (much too slow a shutter speed for a handheld macro shot, but I didn’t know any better back in the early days of my photography hobby).

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I’ve got way behind in replying to comments and blog reading this past week, but do know I’ve read most of your comments and enjoyed hearing from you.

Apologies to those who I haven’t answered.

My energy envelope is only 5-6 hours every day.   Due to bad (sometimes migraine-type) daily headaches and neck/shoulder pain from my Fibromyalgia, I can only do so much on the computer and then have to switch off and do something mindless like watching movies, or pottering in my balcony garden (depending on the weather).  I have to change position and alter my wrist/elbow/shoulder movement regularly to avoid that arm or body part becoming totally unusable – something that happened from time to time when I was still working on a computer in an office all day pre early retirement in 2010.

Sometimes, when I’m really fatigued,  I just sit and watch the birds drinking and playing in the birdbath for hours, just picking up my camera occasionally to try for a few bird shots or standing upright and walking around my lounge for a while to relieve my lower back and hip pain – a most relaxing way to while the hours away when you have chronic pain, fatigue and other symptoms.

I try to live my life Mindfully, just concentrating on the present moment.   With the present ‘lockdown’ I suggest you try to do that too.

Take time to enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.

~ Robert Brault ~

Rather than getting stressed, and feeling a wee bit guilty about not replying to blog comments, or when I get behind with blog reading, I give myself permission to switch off.

In fact, one of the best things about modern technology (i.e. the computer), is that I (or you) CAN turn it off.