Category: Recovering Health
I’ve talked about my health issues openly. I want to share my recovery story in more detail. I want to share it with those who have been or who currently are lost in a maze of mysterious symptoms, ineffective treatments, and guesswork.
I’ve talked with quite a few people who have gone through major health challenges and recoveries (mostly women, interestingly enough). I’ve noticed a few trends.
These are all simply my observations, so don’t take any of this as medical advice.
I want to make this a sporadic series. What I hope you get out of these posts is a sense of hope and a few ideas of new avenues to explore in your own healing journey.
As I write this, I’m missing out on a camping trip with some of my best friends.
Today my health just isn’t where it needs to be in order to go walking in the woods and camping.
For two years now I’ve decided to put my immediate health needs above my desire to have fun. At times it’s extremely difficult to stick to, but when I don’t, the health consequences are compounded.
I’m extremely disappointed to be missing this trip.
I wish I had a magic pill to take that would instantly restore my energy when it’s low. I wish I didn’t need to give myself hours of rest to start feeling better. I wish I could give in to the sugar cravings that hit me at times like these.
Accepting “this isn’t fair” has been crucial to my recovery. Instead of wasting precious energy fighting that fact and lamenting over it, acceptance has allowed me to move beyond it.
I now focus my energies on how to make the most of a disappointing situation.
Well how does one do that? It’s simple: you find joy in the things that you now have an opportunity to do.
One key aspect of this is to not think about what you can’t do. You don’t have control over that, so why waste your time dwelling on what you can’t change?
Here’s an example: today I found joy in nourishing myself physically and mentally.
I drank some homemade bone broth, napped, made some vitamin D out in the sun, cooked clean and nutritious food for every meal, and caught up on interesting articles that I’ve been too busy to read the past couple weeks.
After all that, I felt quite a bit better in general and decided to get a head start on my workload for the week ahead…and I even enjoyed doing it. That never happens.
Right now I’m feeling grateful for having the time to heal, and for being in a place where I can feel so good that I enjoy working on the weekend (to get ahead for next week).
I know that this choice will make tomorrow better, and the days after that.
What would have happened if I had said “Screw it! I’m going because I want to have fun, and I don’t care about the consequences!”
Well, I’ve done that before. I can tell you exactly how that goes:
Like I talked about before, when your health issues interfere with your daily life, restoring your health must become your #1 priority – no exceptions.
That’s the fastest path to health and happiness that I’ve found.
How do you cope when your health interferes with how you want to live your life? What works for you? What doesn’t? Share your story in the comments so we can learn from you.
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