When you have suffered from any illness for a long period of time, of course your life changes as a result. You eat, sleep and breathe your illness because basically, you have no other choice. It consumes you and takes up every waking moment of every day. Trust me, I understand because I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
But what if subconsciously there is a force that is keeping you sick? Something that you know nothing about? That is not your fault in any way but has just developed over time?
Let me introduce to you ‘The Sick Mind’.
So what is ‘The Sick Mind’?
So ‘the sick mind’ loves to play the victim, to be in complete control and have you surrender fully to your illness. It loves playing out the worst case scenario so that you remain scared, fearful and trapped in a loop of suffering. It wants you to believe that there is no way out of your illness and that you will just have to live this way for the rest of your life.
‘The sick mind’ is not your friend. It creeps up, stalks you for years and years before trying to inch its way into your soul. It’s sneaky because most of the time you won’t know it’s there. I had no idea at first, that was until I started to look into my mindset and I caught this nasty creature trying to do its dirty work on me.
When ‘the sick mind’ takes over, it’s a big problem because it leaves us feeling weak, powerless and most of all, (and this is what it wants more than anything) is that you fully become your illness. Your illness is now your identity and this my friends, is called the danger zone.
When you fall into the danger zone it is sooooooo much harder to break free from your illness. We have all been there so don’t kick yourself if you are thinking this is me right now, Effectively now you don’t just have to become healthy again and deal with that battle, you have to find a whole new identity as well and this is a scary process because it who you have become. And because you are now your illness, your thoughts, actions, habits, beliefs, daily routine and how people associate with you have changed.
But do not fear friends, I am here to help you break free from ‘the sick mind’ with my three-step process.
Be careful with the words you speak
One of the first things I had to change was the words I spoke and how I described myself. A great example of this is on social media. Does your account say Kristie, chronic daily migraines, anxiety warrior, tension headaches sufferer, exhausted at life’s struggles? Or does it say Kristie, passionate about travel, animal lover, currently on a mission to heal herself day by day? Can you see the difference?
This is important because the words you speak hold power, a lot of power, but remember, you can change the narrative of your life, how you view yourself and your situation at any time through the words you speak. It’s just perspective.
2. Asses your beliefs
The beliefs you hold are at the core of who you are and if ‘the sick mind’ has penetrated your beliefs it is likely that you think may that freedom is not possible from your illness. So take some time to dive into why you think this is so and come up with opposing arguments. Has someone told you that freedom isn’t possible? Are you surrounded by those that believe the same? Spend some time digging deep and understand what your beliefs are around your illness.
Don’t panic because beliefs can be changed. ‘The sick mind’ won’t like it, but they can be changed.
3. Connect with the inner you again
Sometimes after relentless suffering you can become lost, I get it because I went through it, so take some time to connect with the real you again. What are were your passions and hobbies before you got sick? What lights you up? Sure, you may not be able to do everything that you could previously do before you got sick but you can still connect on some level. Whether it’s cooking, listening to music or getting creative? Reconnect to the inner you because remember, that person is still there under the pain and you are not your illness, even though ‘the sick mind’ tells you that you are.
What are your thoughts on ‘the sick mind’? I would love to hear…
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