What Does Your Mindset Have To Do with Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
Part 1: Choose the Mindset You Want to Have
Thick dark gray clouds darken the view, but it’s still visible: craggy, dull green hills, construction, traffic. The plane is lifting off. Suddenly, it’s in a cloud bank, cut off. You can’t see anything outside but a lonely, light gray, cotton ooze. It is closed in.
Moments later, just as suddenly – and without warning, you come out above the cloud layer. Now the brilliant sunshine lights up rolling bright green hills and reflects off the expansive, sparkling blue-green ocean. It’s idyllic and beautiful. All is well now.
Oh, no, more clouds. It’s dark again. It looks like nightfall. You can barely see what’s out there. It’s disorienting, ominous, even a little frightening. It’s like that – or it can be – with pain, and with any chronic illness such as fibromyalgia. People say there are good days and bad days. With some people (some conditions and illnesses), that goes for weeks and even years, too – good weeks and bad weeks, good years and bad years.
So, you’ve been doing really well for a while with your fibromyalgia treatment – almost forgot you had this condition. You were working, living a normal life. We call it “passing,” as in passing for normal. It’s as if you didn’t even have this heavy-duty diagnosis – the one that once struck fear in your heart, because after all, it’s “incurable”, right?
You almost forgot you had it. Maybe you even did forget, until recently. Now you can’t forget because it’s back. The pain, again. It’s just seeping into everything, stealing your focus, putting a huge blanketing damper on your enthusiasm and your productivity.
What do you do now? Where do you start?
How do you prioritize?
Are there ways to stop the pressure, the stress and the overwhelming fatigue?
- First of all, don’t panic. Choose the mindset that you want to have about it.
- Second, take inventory of what you’re doing differently now, than you were before it came back.
- Third, ask yourself this question: Are you neglecting self-care in any way? If so, what are you neglecting?
- Listen to your body. What does it need?
- Do you need to get horizontal? That means: Are you resting and sleeping well?
- Check the physical things: nutrition, exercise, water, rest, body therapy/massage, gentle movement like yoga or tai-chi
- Are you supporting yourself mentally and emotionally with meditation, relaxation, stress reduction?
- And doing your inner work: Do you need support? What kind?
- Remove negativity. That means people, things, and tasks. Anything that feels negative and takes you down emotionally.
So, in the mindset arena, remember that no setback has to be permanent.
Choose to see it from above the clouds, like the ideal landscape with sparkling sunshine.
Let that be your base reality with your fibromyalgia treatment and with your pain itself.
It can be.
After all, you have come out of it before.
You have come back from the abyss of pain and illness.
If you haven’t experienced improvement before, choose to believe and expect that you will now. Your mindset has power to help the body heal faster.
Choose this mindset, because you can.
In this way you can empower yourself. You can become accountable for your health and give yourself the power to accelerate your healing and ameliorate pain.
Stay tuned. Make sure you don’t miss Part 2 of this series.
Part 2: Putting Your New Mindset into Motion will go into more detail and depth on how to shift your mindset. It will focus on how to create a new mindset and put it into motion or activate it in your life. Only you have the power to alter your experience of reality, and this is a major key.
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Can You Use Mindset in Fibrobromyalgia Treatment?