The back story to my health in more recent years is long and even longer. Based on that I'll try to keep it short. There's so many lessons I've learned and side topics to share that it's worthy of more than one post. What I'd like to talk about today is really the most valuable piece to this topic, taking care of ourselves. Before battling some of these health issues I thought I was pretty good at taking care of myself. I've always been an active person, conscious of what I ate and approached everything with moderation (most of the time). Well, with this journey I've come to learn there's more to it than that.
My biggest challenge was SEVERE headaches. They swung back and forth between migraines and pulsing/stabbing, level 10 pain. At one point I thought to myself that something was going to burst in my brain. The pain was so intense that I couldn't imagine my body sustaining itself without serious consequence. That day I was in such fear that I had my husband come home from work. My intention was for him to take me to the hospital but I couldn't get myself to move from the huddled position on the floor. That was definitely one of the worst days, unfortunately there were many more close to it.
Fast forward 4 years and I'm much improved. I still get the occasional headache, but nothing like I described. I've seen many doctors, practitioners and healers along the way. It was during this time that I learned some heavy-hitting, life lessons. I believe it was my desperation for help and not receiving it, that created a shift in my perspective. I slowly started to look inward and realized that I had the potential to find my own answers. Don't get me wrong there's a time and place for doctors and outside assistance. I did receive some valuable guidance throughout that time. However, my biggest lesson learned is that we have more control over our health then we give credit to. Sadly we're not taught this, so it can often go unnoticed or sounds silly when discussed. Discovering this inner awareness and finally connecting with the right doctors is what changed my path significantly. Someone once told me that being ill can take you on a spiritual journey. This statement had become my reality and it definitely spoke to my experience.
In keeping this brief I'll just highlight a few of the lessons that I learned along the way. There are so many, and I know there's even more to come. This situation has truly shifted my perspective and continues to give ample opportunity for learning.
- Our body is a communicating with us always. Take the time to be observant. Recognizing the partnership you have with your body/mind.
- What you feel emotionally can often be redirected and felt physically. Chronic emotions can become chronic pain. Be kind to yourself, your body can interpret the negative self talk. We're often so hard on ourselves!!!!
- The most important lesson, BE AWARE. Who are you? What stresses you? What makes you feel good? Be mindful about what makes you, you. Thinking about these things will help in navigating your life. Once you've reflected, do the work to continually support yourself. Women, I'm especially speaking to you!
I'm constantly having to discipline and remind myself of these things. It's the difference I see in my life that keeps me committed to this mindset. I've come through this painful and challenging experience being full of gratitude and wiser for it.
Thoughts for next week: More creative talk and holiday treats.
Have a great weekend!