As I virtually “live” in the world of chronic illness, I see a lot of stories of people who publicly live their lives as representatives of the chronically ill. I see those who work really hard to heal, leaving no stone unturned. I also see the others who have accepted their “fate” and have taken their illness in stride; they do life the best they can and put on a brave face. But these tips are based on the best advice that I have been given (and taken!) and seem to be the defining difference in the camp who continues to heal and the camp that continues to decline. They are
1. Never give up hope.
The minute you start to believe that you cannot heal, is the minute you guarantee that you cannot. I reversed brain damage and motor skills, nerve damage, my ability to see in my peripheral field, my balance, and even turned my hair from white back to color. I reversed all the daily symptoms from a neurological syndrome for which I was told there was no cure. If I had believed that there was no cure, I would likely be fully disabled today and having daily seizure like episodes, unable to fix a meal for myself or leave the couch for more than a minute or two. Instead I wake up every day and work, workout, and continue to improve constantly. I still have bad days and I keep unraveling the layers of my root causes, but I continue to improve every year. On bad days it gets frustrating and it is tempting to give up hope. But I know that the minute I do that, I lose out on all the progress that I will make in the upcoming year. And I remind myself what would have happened if I gave up hope 3 years ago when I couldn’t shower unless I sat in a chair and needed my husband’s help to do so.
2. Leave no stone unturned.
Be willing to try almost anything. I refuse to think that only food and stress management are my only tools. I will pray, meditate, journal, use essential oils, anything to get well. If it won’t hurt me, it’s an option. If someone told me that standing on one foot while singing “row your boat” out the left side of my mouth would work, I would try it. And it it made things better, I’d keep doing it. Things that may work for you that don’t work for others include things ilke psychotherapy to work on childhood trauma, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic, earthing, and much more. I encourage you to try them ALL. This means being open to new things even if you don’t understand them or necessarily believe in it either. If it works, you will believe later. If it doesn’t, what did you lose by walking barefoot in some grass This does not mean shelling out my life savings to something that doesn’t align with my morals or common sense. But acupuncture, while against western common sense, is aligned with eastern common sense and is not tens of thousands of dollars. Walking barefoot is absolutely free. Neither is going to hurt me: What do I have to lose? In the grand scheme of things, spending 30 dollars to try acupuncture and find out it doesn’t work for me is worth the next thing I spend 30 dollars on that does help me. After all, what wouldn’t I spend to get well? Every person’s answer to that will be different.
3. Value primary foods.
Primary foods are the things that feed us that don’t come on a plate. And they can improve your health. Spending more time with friends means you can spend more time in a healing state because it activates what is called the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which is necessary to heal and turns off oxidative stress states caused by the opposite side of your nervous system, the Sympathetic Nervous System (also referred to as fight or flight).
Cuddling can improve the function of specific parts of your brain. Spending time barefoot in the grass can reduce stress and regulate your body’s electrical system. Whether it be pursuing a fulfilling career, participating in spiritual practice, exercising, doing activities that bring you joy (karaoke a dance party during your drive-time) or just spending more time with family– these things can affect your health and healing. I encourage you to check out this wheel of primary foods, also called the “circle of life”, and identify which ones of these are out of balance in your life. Make a note to do one thing to work on an area that could use some more attention.
I hope these tips are helpful. I encourage you to pray, meditate, or journal about these ideas and focus on one that resonates with you on your journey. If you have any questions or requests, don’t hesitate to hit reply and tell me what is on your mind. I love hearing from my readers! If you would like some help on your healing journey, whether you are working on these primary foods, or just trying to figure out how to Take Your Body Back, or are somewhere in between, feel free to contact me to set up a free consultation today. Your location doesn’t matter, sessions can be conducted by video or phone. If you would like more information but are not ready to get started on a guided journey, feel free to sign up for my newsletter below and receive a free gift: My 7 Day Healing Meal Plan to help you get started today. It’s never too late to take your first step.
Keep Moving Forward,
Rebecca at MyCrazyJourney