Monday Mantra: Look For The Rainbows 🌈

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the setbacks we face in our life–I myself am guilty of doing this all the time. Instead, let’s look for rainbows when we see rain, and stars when it’s dark out. 
When we’re feeling crappy or reverting with our symptoms, it’s the natural response to get sad, frustrated and lose hope. Let’s, instead  try to put our energy toward searching for the positives that could possibly arise from another speed bump in our journeys. It will help keep you hopeful and strong when your body is telling you to be anything but that. 

The Lotus Flower

It wasn’t planted in a bed of full soil among other lucky seeds. It wasn’t given what others were blessed with. It was born an underdog.

I was not built to live in a fully healthy body like so many others around me. I was handed cards that others have been blessed not to have received. I was born an underdog.

It grows within muddied waters and it has to push its way out to get some light in its life.

I continue to grow despite each new obstacle that life throws my way. I push my body to whatever helps it feel healthier.

It reaches the light, blossoms and thrives despite its unfavorable beginnings. It is a Cinderella story.

I push myself further and harder each day so that I, too, can blossom. So that I may reach my sun and come out on top, despite the unfavorable circumstances I’ve been given. Despite the never ending headaches and the on-going speed bumps in my journey to find treatments that help. Despite the wear and tear that my heart, mind and body have undergrone throughout it all.

I will become the Cinderella story.


 

 

Monday Mantra: It’s Ok To Say No

It’s hard to do, but it’s definitely possible. Being a people pleaser is a great thing and a terrible thing, because it can be hard to do what is truly right for yourself. But guess what? You’re still an awesome person even if you say no every once in a while. 
Living with a chronic illness, I have to say no to a lot of things. It’s not a great feeling. So when I can, I usually say yes to all of the things I can say yes to. This could include plans, favors, etc. 

Sometimes I find myself saying yes even when I know I shouldn’t. Like when I say yes to going out even though my head is begging me to stay in. I hate disappointing my friends.

But we need to be able to listen to our bodies and not feel guilty when we have to say no. Do what you need to do for yourself to feel happy and healthy. 

Monday Mantra: Adopt The Pace of Nature

Some views and experiences change our outlooks on things. Being in the presence of pure, natural beauty is humbling and I always take a minute to myself, even in a crowd, to soak it up, close my eyes and just be still. 

Niagara was one of those places that changed my outlook on how I move through this life and through my health journey. I spend a lot of time rushing through things and then getting bad anxiety and frustration when things happen late or don’t go as planned. This goes for my personal life and my life with chronic illness.

I aim to live a more patient life where I can react in a calm manner to things that go not originally as planned. Instead of rushing to a conclusion without consulting a doctor, instead I will try to sort out symptoms and have a conversation about possibilities. Instead of worrying and growing anxious when my headaches continue to thrive, I will try to calmly take a set back to look at everything I’m trying and doing and then talk to my doctor about my next steps.

These types of goals I will try to transfer over to my life in other areas as well: work, relationship, family, etc. 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson