Good morning! Happy Hump Day!
Yesterday, I started my day with my favorite breakfast of the moment: peanut butter and banana on gluten-free toast with freshly pressed green juice. I would honestly eat this breakfast every day if I could! Delish!
While I was eating breakfast, I read this month’s issue of Health and stumbled upon an article called “Can You Think Yourself Well?,” which was written by a doctor, who explains how you can use your mind to improve your health and feel better. I really enjoyed reading it, and I could totally relate.
Can you think yourself well?
This is actually a question I’ve been asking myself for many months now. I often get frustrated with my autoimmune disease (why am I not better? why won’t it go away? why won’t my health insurance cover anything?), which often turns into a negative downward spiral. I used to focus a lot of my attention on what UC prevented me from doing, but, in recent months, I’ve really tried to flip my thinking and focus on all of the things I can do and appreciate my health as much as possible. I know there are a lot of people in this world, who are struggling with much worse than me, so I make it a point to feel grateful for all of the things in my life that I am able to do.
“The body is a mirror of how we live our lives.”
Being more positive and grateful for all of the wonderful people and opportunities in my life has also done great things for my mental state. I can’t say my body is healthier or my colon is fully healed, but I feel happier— more positive, upbeat, lighter, relaxed—which is helping me better manage all of the not-so-fun things that go along with UC. I dunno. I guess I’m in a better place now. It took awhile (I really didn’t want to accept that I had a chronic disease), but I’ve come to terms with it, and I am living my life with a much more positive outlook, so, hopefully, it will translate to better health.
Question of the Day
What do you think? Can you think yourself well?