Let’s get this out of the way first. This blog post is not about telling you to always feel positive. It is not about smothering you with positivity, and letting you know you should approach everything from a positive angle. Thankfully, we do have feelings, and living with a chronic disease, like endometriosis, is hard. So yes, it is OK to feel horrible from time to time. We all do. After all, we are not robots.
This blog post is about letting you know that you have a choice. Every day, you have the choice to decide whether the glass is half full or half empty. We know that health is not just about taking care of the physical body and eating right, but that it is equally important to have a healthy mind. Our body and mind will be at their best when we feel good about ourselves and our life. And you will not help yourself by thinking the glass is half empty all the time, despite of what you are going through. Be a fighter. After all, negative emotions narrow your mind, and don’t you want to make the most of your life?
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim” – Nora Ephron
Here are some tips that may help you see the glass as half full, as much as possible
Accept the bad days. Learn how to rise above the bad days. Yes, you are having a tough time, but – and this may sound cheesy but it’s so true- it isn’t something as bad as many other illnesses, diseases, and disabilities. In other words, it could be worse! Putting the bad days in perspective and letting go, should give you some peace of mind, which can help you relax and cope with pain better. Win, win!
Take advantage of the good days. It’s funny how you take some days for granted sometimes. Use the good days to your advantage and just exist in the moment. Stop. And. Enjoy. Look around you and take in what you can see and take the time to appreciate it, do you see that beautiful sunshine through the clouds, or that stunning flower in the park? Take a deep breath and smell the air. Enjoy what you are currently experiencing in the here and now, without worrying about the past and the future. When you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life.
Understand and get to know yourself. Having endometriosis makes you grow up quickly and boy, does life test you to your limits! If you learn to understand yourself and what is important for you, you will be much better geared up to overcome obstacles and you will have a good understanding of what you need to do to live a fulfilling life.
Focus on your future goals. Consider what you would like to achieve in life and how you are going to achieve these goals. Would it be completing a study, setting up a business, getting fit through exercise, you name it! The way you steer your life and follow your dreams is up to you. Yes, endometriosis will be a part of this, although not by choice, but you are still in control on how you will manage this. It should not stand in the way of your life!
Let us know how you keep your glass half full!