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Health Benefits Of Choosing A Higher Road With Chronic Illness

Do our thoughts and actions truly play a crucial role in the state of our physical well-being?

What does choosing to take the higher road with chronic illness even mean? I can tell you what it does not mean. It doesn’t mean sitting cross-legged in the living-room thinking ‘positive thoughts’ while envisioning your pain floating away from you on clouds of ‘good vibrations’. It also does not mean denying, or ignoring the reality of your pain.

The principal of ‘reaping & sowing’ can be applied here. Choosing to take the higher road quite simply means; taking a few simple but highly effective steps to stay on the outside of certain practices that create toxic environments within the body. This toxicity of stress invites more pain, and feeds the spoiled soil that disease thrives in.

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We have been fearfully and wonderfully made. I believe science has only just begun to scratch the surface of what really goes on within the human body. This would include the connection between the mind (our thoughts) and the physical body (healing/disease). A study published by the Carnegie Mellon University showed certain controlled study groups exhibiting ‘Positive affects’ (traits including:  liveliness, energetic, happy, cheerful, at ease, and calmness) were less likely to experience the onset of viral illness as opposed to those who habitually practiced negative emotions.

So what does that actually look like in our everyday struggle with pain and sickness? What simple and practical steps can be taken by us in order to begin to cultivate a place inside of us that can yield a harvest of health?

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Health Benefits Of Choosing A Higher Road With Chronic Illness

Ways Of Choosing A Higher Road With Chronic Illness

  • Patience & Kindness In Everyday Travel ~ Take a deep breath. Slow down and allow others to go ahead of you. Leave earlier so you will not be in panicked rush, and have to focus solely on you own need to get where you are going. Calmness will be one several benefits involved here.

  • Think Before You Hit ‘Enter’ ~ So much I could say here. Just do this: remember there is a person on the other end of your computer. This person has the same feelings and capacity for being hurt by thoughtless words and criticism as you do. Making a ‘point’, or carelessly flinging out the first thing that pops into your mind can cause damage. Ask yourself: “Would I say this, in this same manner, if I was looking into the eyes of the person it is aimed at?”. You’re creating a ‘surrounding’ for yourself with the actions you choose to take, good or bad. This including how you conduct yourself online.

  • You Are Going To Be In Pain Anyway ~ You can choose to spend your energy & time raging on about how bad you feel, how unfair everyone is treating you, and focusing on how chronic illness is making your life miserable...it won’t change a thing. This is not about denying how awful you feel, or not being genuine in facing legitimate needs. Rather, it is about ‘balance’, and quite frankly the vanishing practice of ‘good manners’. The hope is that by spreading a good fertilizer rather than just ‘clumps of crap’ around, a crop goodness will spring up that will bring nourishishment both to ourselves and others as well.

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    November 3 at 3:21 pm

    I definitely can relate to this. I have FMS and too many triggers leads to a flare-up. This also means I’m more susceptible to getting viral illnesses. But, since I started focusing on mindfulness in all aspects of my life, as well as meditation and yoga, I don’t get sick when I have a flare-up. About 5 years ago is when I started changing my outlook on my disease and my life in general. I was constantly catching a cold, the flu or having horrible allergies. I decided to go a more holistic direction, which naturally led to a more positive outlook on life. Once I starting letting things go (stress) and understanding what I can and cannot control or influence, I stopped getting sick all the time. I also noticed clearer skin, healthy hair and better quality energy on my good days. It was also important when I accepted my illness as a part of me but not controlling me. I’m accepting of the randomness of FMS and it’s symptoms and flare-ups and have learned to work around it. I still enjoy life, just different than before I got sick.

    I’m now working on the mindfulness and meditation to help with the pain. My doctor recommended it, but I’m not sure how it will work for FMS. Yes, the all-over pain is always there, but I don’t feel that meditation helps with the pins and needles feeling under the skin (like bugs are crawling all over me) or the foggy brain. So even though I don’t like taking them, I will continue to fight for my right (funny song reference…not intentional) to take opioids for my FMS symptoms.

    Hopefully, the medical profession will start listening to their patients with chronic illness and realize our needs are very different from those patients with injuries. If there is an organized group fighting for this – sign me up!

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      B.J. HICKAM
      November 3 at 6:02 pm


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      November 3 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you for sharing this Julie! You are right, of course choosing more positive ways of thinking are not a ‘cure all’ by any means. Just a way to help with stress and conflict which definitely helps my flare and pain levels. Continue to ‘fight for your rights’… 😉

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    Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    November 8 at 7:23 pm

    You are such an inspiration to those of us living with chronic illness Kristine! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup and hosting with us!
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      November 9 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Tanya! Appreciate it very much 😉

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    lung Shepherd
    November 9 at 11:59 pm

    I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well. Thanks for sharing this information. And I’ll love to read your next post too. You can also find some great article on mental health on e-counseling.com

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      November 10 at 6:23 am

      Thank you! Will check it out!

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    November 17 at 8:43 pm

    As always, I love to read your thoughts, especially as it pertains to chronic illness. I agree that our thoughts feed our mood which feeds our bodies. What we focus on grows, in more ways than one. I am the product of too much anxiety and stress, which Brewed The Perfect Storm for chronic disease. Great tips for staying positive to ward off another! Lol “You’re going to be in pain anyway!”
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      November 18 at 9:46 am

      HAHA! I feel ya sister! I’m a by-product of the same 😉 Have a wonderful week Nikki!

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    November 22 at 9:30 am

    After my diagnosis in 2010 I joined a chronic pain support group. I was okay for the first 10 week session. But a few sessions into the next I realized I was focusing too much on my pain and dropped out. I didn’t want to journal my sleep and my pain levels all day! It’s fibro, it’s just pain. It’s not lethal. So I chose to lead a normal life and let my body lead me. Sometimes I do too much and have pain, but I stop and rest with my feet up, maybe a heating pad and when I feel better I get up and go on.

    An interesting side note, before retirement I had a stressful job leading a team of 50 caring for the elderly as director of an assisted living. Every few weeks I would have nausea and exhaustion, but I came to regcognize it was what I needed to recover to get back to work Monday. It always came on a Sunday and I would stay in bed and rest and watch lifetime movies and chill. Since retirement 7/8/16, it has only happened once.

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      November 22 at 5:34 pm

      Hmmm, that IS interesting. Wonder what that is…and the stressful job can take its toll. I understand how you felt regarding the support group. They help many, but some do have a tendency to be a tad ‘focused on the symptoms’. Thank you for your comment, its good to hear a perspective like yours 🙂

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