You are the masterpiece of your own life … And you do it with your thoughts.
I first started blogging as an online journal. Writing my thoughts and feelings about my ill health was cathartic.
Over the years though I began to see that if I spent too long dwelling on my illness and its affects it started to wear me down emotionally and took even more of a toll on my health.
I had been seeing an osteopath for the Perrin Treatment and through our sessions she would impart her wisdom on other subjects as she believes a holistic approach is needed in order to have full recovery. As the practitioner massaged my head, neck, back and chest to drain the toxins out of my lymphatic system she also gave me a strict diet plan to ensure I wasn’t adding toxins to my system and she spoke about the benefits of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), meditation and visualisation.
The more I practised meditation, visualisation and EFT I realised the mistakes I had been unknowingly making and how powerful the mind is. I began to see that when I focused on my symptoms life became all about my illness and I didn’t want it to define me.
It wasn’t, and still isn’t, easy to focus on positive things. The negative thoughts that come with the stresses and strains of everyday life seem to effortlessly affect me, whereas I need to make a conscious effort to change my thoughts into positive ones.
Some of the ways that help me are:
Being grateful – Think of all the things you have that you are grateful for. You’ll be surprised how many you can think of!
Surround yourself with creativity – Other people’s or your own. Art, music, books etc provide a great source of happiness, healing and a connection with our emotions.
I love this comprehensive list of affirmations, choose the ones that fit you and place them in places you’ll see every day.
Choose goals that you want to achieve in life and put a picture representing them on a board that you see daily. Imagine yourself doing those things everyday.
Laughter – There is no better stress reliever than a good laugh. My kids and husband are great for making me laugh. If I’m by myself I watch my favourite comedies, or search for funny videos on YouTube.
Change the negative thoughts – Negative thoughts will come, but when they come recognise it and quickly change it by singing a song or repeating an affirmation.
Would you add to this list? What helps you to think positively? Leave a comment and let me know 😀