This morning I woke up cranky, unmotivated, and stuck in the downward spiral. I was reminded that, like it or not, today I HAD to step down my steroid dose to a measly 2.5mg and worse still, that I must press on and not give in to pain and stiffness or it would overcome me. Providentially in my email inbox was an article about surprising things that relieve pain and stiffness. The one that caught my eye was listening to music. Studies show that listening to music that you enjoy for one hour, whatever genre you like, lessens the sensation of pain. (Go ahead, google it.) So, I put on my newly purchased headphones, turned on Pandora to Perry Como Radio (hey, don't judge), and headed out the door for a walk....begrudgingly. Honestly, it worked! Now, I was still mildly aware of my knees seizing up and my toes pulsating, but my step was quickened and there a was actually a smile on my face. What?! I don't smile on my walks any more; I huff and puff and groan, but smile? Yes, I smiled. I have always mentally judged people who walked or ran with headphones because of not being in the moment and experiencing the sounds of nature. I do enjoy hearing the birds singing and the giggles and squeals of children playing, but today was different. That music was what enabled me to not give up and press on. It brought back happy memories, which in turn, brought happy feelings. Give it a try!