Overcoming Fibromyalgia and CFS in These Difficult Times – 3 Tips You Can Use Today
In these difficult times, the daily news often sounds bleak, particularly for people who are sick with a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If that’s you, the issues near and dear to your heart may seem perilous: economic security, job security, medical insurance, home ownership and your physical safety, not to mention the crucial question and problem of getting well.
That’s because a) fixing most issues seems too complicated and b) because there are quite a few people in our world who would love nothing better than to bring about a reign of terror that makes solving any problem seem impossible to do.
“Oh, do tell. How can I make your life more miserable or cause you more fear and pain?”
Yikes! Experts tell us that living with this type of uncertainty is not healthy, however negative news is what sells so the news media keeps spitting out its own brand of doom and gloom. So unless you choose otherwise, be prepared because the presses are revved and running, the nightly news and 24-hour-a-day cable television networks being the worst offenders. Are you sitting on the edge of your chair yet? Do you have a headache or neck ache? Are you so bone-tired that you’re ready for bed at 7 pm?
If this sounds like you, realize that allowing all of this negative news and negative thinking into your life does not help you get well!
I suspect I’m beginning to persuade you, but are you totally convinced? If not, I dare you try a little test. Sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil and analyze the nightly news. Keep a running tabulation of how many minutes are devoted to negative stories and how many to positive news. This is usually a revealing exercise for anyone.
Maybe the most important issue of all will be your awareness. During a typical news story or right afterwards, you feel a bit gloomy, including having negative thoughts about your chance of recovering from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now, that’s a shame.
The key point here is that filling your head with fear-based news is not only bad for you, but it’s important to realize that it is potentially bad for your health. You don’t have to take in every bit of negative, heart-rending news into your reality nor do you have to allow it to take over every aspect of your life. This is a choice you need to make. Instead, consider the following 3 tips to begin turning this situation around for you:
Tip #1: Lessen your exposure to negative news. Just do it. Instead, spend your time concentrating on positive, uplifting stories, people and activities. Very soon, you’ll see the wisdom in concentrating on the more positive aspects of life.
Tip #2: Consciously, purposefully, decide exactly which specific issues are important to you and then concentrate on them. If you don’t make this choice, it’s easy to let negativity slip back in. If your change in attitude and purpose is going to be real and positive, you have to work diligently in applying this change in thought to your own “life” issues. That can be a challenging ambition.
Special Note: Know that some negativity can bury in deeply within you and reside at an unconscious level of awareness. It can be masked by emotionally-charged past hurts and traumas and those are some of the worst motivators. Without a lot of soul-searching and being incredibly honest with yourself, you won’t realize that this insidious programming is actually in control of your thoughts, emotions, feelings, actions… and maybe even, your health!
*As you’re looking at your issues and thinking about how to improve your personal happiness, your health and how to heal from chronic illness, check out the resource teleseminars mentioned in Tip #3 below. They can be a quick tool for getting decisive help.
Tip #3: And lastly, because you’re still suffering with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I encourage you to get the best help that you can find to accomplish your goals.