I have thought for a long time that my sciatica/back problems were my brain's way of making me slow down, as I'm a chronic over-doer. This goes hand in hand with my perfectionism, and trying to get it all right. Now I'm really noticing how bad I am at doing nothing. I often don't do the things I "need" to be doing, and am just goofing off or playing computer games. But it's not relaxing as I have the feeling there are things I should be doing. But I don't do them either because really I don't want to. Yesterday as per Day 7 (Self Care Day) I even planned a massage. Not a pain reducing massage, a pleasure one. But I couldn't resist-- I ended up telling her, "get those knots out no matter how hard you have to go." I noticed last night I had a headache and my shoulder hurt. What a surprise. The only exception is on holiday, when doing nothing is what I am supposed to be doing. Almost always my symptoms ease greatly or even disappear. So now I've scheduled an hour a day in the sun, just reading or, well, not doing nothing-- I'm not quite there yet! Any suggestions are very welcome. Thanks for all the help, it's a great forum.