“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.”
There are physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of any illness. Research reveals the body and the mind are connected. Science is finding more and more evidence that the health of your body can influence the health of your mind and the health of your mind can affect the health of your body.
Take a brief look at each aspect and discover how you can help yourself in addition to the care you may be receiving from a professional in the health field.
Pain is different from suffering. Physical pain is an indicator, a biological response. Work with your biology instead of resisting pain. A little exercise each day, whatever you can manage, is beneficial. Even just to sit in a chair and tap the bottoms of your feet on the floor for ten minutes will move lymph through your body and release toxins. Or, try a foot massage.
And, did you know that you can release good chemicals in your brain by smiling? “The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face … This not only relaxes your body, but it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.” (Psychology Today Jun 25, 2012)
Investigate on the internet the many self-help ways to ease pain.
Suffering is primarily emotional. When the mind comes across something it hasn’t experienced, it acts to constrict us, as if to protect. You may feel anxiety, fear, apprehension or worry about an illness. You do not need to be seduced or overtaken by strong emotion. If you examine these emotional states, you will find they are all in the past or the future. But fear can’t exist in the present. Here is how to relieve yourself of negative emotions that may seem to grip you.
First step: Be aware the emotion is present. Name it. Say, “Oh, fear is present”, for example. Or say about yourself, “She is feeling anxious.” The idea is to gain some space between you and the feeling as you recognize its presence.
Second step: Sit with the emotion, instead of resisting it, for one minute. Look at a clock, or your phone to see that at least a minute, maybe two, have passed. What will happen is your body will process the emotion and it will dissipate. You may even get a message your body wants you to hear during this wait.
In a spiritual sense, illness and dis-ease gives you the opportunity to consider your trust- in yourself and in your Source or Higher Power. Is illness casting a shadow of doom on your safety? Can you relinquish having everything under your control and consider that your life is being guided? This might be the time to examine the bigger picture and your life’s purpose. Be curious- perhaps there is a correlation between the onset of dis-ease and where you may have departed from your true healthy self.
Instead of succumbing to the grips of pain, strong emotion, or hopeless feelings, create some space between the illness and the real you. Be contemplative. Take an honest look at your illness on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.