Did you know you could choose wellness over illness?
Illness is not a choice. We can eat well, exercise all we want, and take our vitamins, but sometimes, we get sick ~ really sick. l am a perfect example of this. I did, ‘everything right’ my whole life and still had four different cancers and two autoimmune diseases before me 42nd birthday.
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Let me explain.
Wellness is defined by The National Institute of Wellness as multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment. It is positive and affirming.
The difference between wellness and illness is that wellness encompasses the complete person in mind, body, and soul where illness only looks at your physical health. With wellness, if one part of your life isn’t optimal, let’s say your physical health, you can still work on your emotional and spiritual wellbeing to help bring all areas back into a better balance. It’s actually not that complicated to do and the results are profound.
I have Myasthenia Gravis, a life-threatening neuromuscular autoimmune disease that can make me incredibly weak and unable to walk or breathe with no notice at all. I spent a couple years in bed barely alive. It was really, really hard, but through all the hospital stays, doctors appointments, and missed events with my family, I never gave up on myself. I spent those many months working the rest of me that are equally important to my health and well being. By feeding my body the most nutrient dense foods I could handle at the time (I was on a liquid only diet as I couldn’t chew), making sure my faith was strong by being fully connected to my Maker, and cleaning my mind of all the useless negative chatter and baggage I brought in to my illness, I could give my body the greatest opportunity to heal.
Doctor’s like to look at us as parts. When one breaks down, we go to that particular specialist to get it fixed. There isn’t any room in Western medicine for the complete being. Have you ever tried to tell your specialist how your feeling emotionally or about your faith? It typically doesn’t end well.
Here’s an example of how this works in real-time, only in this scenario, it is in the negative. Let’s say you are stressed out about a project you haven’t completed. You wait until the last minute to get started and now are spending weeks working very late at night. The harder you work, the less you get done because you are getting more and more exhausted. The project is almost finished but by the end, you get the flu since your resistance is down. Now sick in bed and you’ve missed your deadline and your boss or teacher is furious. You start to blame everyone involved, the project, your boss, God, anyone you can think of for not finishing in time and lose all hope of ever getting it completed.
Here’s what really happened:
Your emotional body (mind) effected your physical body when stress lowered your resistance to infection and got you sick. Your physical body then effected your spirit because getting sick made you not finish in time and lose hope. My guess is that if you had taken care of yourself by pacing the work load and getting the proper amount of rest, you would have finished on-time and not gotten the flu. Taking care of yourself could have also triggered you to work smarter by going inward, tapping into that inner knowing we all have, otherwise known as our soul.
It starts with intention. We are taught to be self-less in life but I think this is greatly misunderstood. Think of it this way; when a plane is in distress and the oxygen masks drop down, we are taught to put the mask on ourselves first, then our child. This is not a selfish act, it is a life sustaining one for both your child and yourself. Self care is not an indulgence, especially if you have health issues, it’s a necessity. By eating properly, getting enough sleep, and spending time in prayer or meditation we are balancing our bodies to the best of our ability, creating the space it needs for optimum health and wellness.
Those of us who’s health has failed despite our greatest efforts have a choice. We can choose to be the constant frail patient, or we can choose to be well and become the best version of ourselves no matter where we are in our healing journey.
It’s a simple decision that will effect the rest of your life.
There is no judgement from me which way you go. I’ve been on both sides of the argument, especially when I’ve been feeling poorly for an extended amount of time. Grieving your illness is part of the process in healing, you just don’t want to live there if you are looking to become well and feel better.
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