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The role of positive thinking on the road to better health

Photo by Marcy Kellar
Photo by Marcy Kellar

‘I think therefore I am’ – René Descartes

Today I was reminded of the power of conditional thinking.

We live in a world where we can easily be manipulated by the overload of information at our fingertips. It is imperative that we don’t subscribe to ways of thinking that are to our detriment.

Easier said than done when the masses are following a line of thinking. It is never easy to defy the odds. Still, history is replete with examples of winners who dared to defy the odds against them, ending up victorious ultimately.

Living with a chronic condition, for which there is no cure is challenging. Not just the daily living, but the daily living with sceptics, unhelpful doctors and detractors. It is hard not to see ourselves as sick or chained by our conditions. So what shall we do?

In my book Living the Best Life with Fibromyalgia, I encourage patients to work to take back their lives. It is hard work, and it might seem impossible when we struggle daily with severe pain and very debilitating symptoms.

What to do

Here’s the thing. You can change your diet, exercise, do yoga and all that, but if you still carry on with a defeatist mindset, none of it will make any difference. They all work in tandem.

Forget what the critics say.

Make up your mind to fight for your life. No one else will do it for you. I’d suggest by starting with re-evaluating your diet. Cut out the processed foods and go natural. Try to get out of bed every day and find something that forces you to do that and get about. It is imperative to find something that gives your life meaning as well. Find support.

I imagine some of you might think ‘yeah but you don’t know how hard it is.’ I do know. Today, I pulled my walking stick out for the first time in years. It has been so painful to walk with swollen, hurting feet. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do to make myself better, and I know this will not last. You have to help yourself too.

Don’t just think it but know that you are an overcomer.

And remember that it’s not over until you say it’s over.

Gentle Hugs 🙂

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Alisha Nurse is a curry-loving writer & comms professional who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism (International) from the University of Westminster, London. Get in touch with any feedback or questions via the contact form in the 'About' section.

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