Are you hindering your own recovery?

This is my bold promise for 2015: I will do everything in my power to recover from Fibromyalgia. I am under no illusions that it might not happen but I know that it is possible and if I don’t try it will go down as a huge regret later in my life.

Treading the path to recovery isn’t easy. It isn’t linear or smooth and because of this there are some thoughts and frustrations that can crop up and become road blocks in their own right.

  • Only focusing on what you haven’t achieved

I’ve been told twice lately how much better I seem from a month ago (this is following starting my no-sugar diet). Thinking objectively they are right – my pain is much less. However, at the time I hadn’t thought of this. All I had been noticing was the digestive trouble and disturbed sleep cycles that are still issues. I was so focused on getting 100% better that I was blinding myself to all the good progress I had already made.

It’s important to stop and take stock of progress and congratulate yourself on any progress you have made.

  • Seeing relapses as colossal failures

I have a lot of digestive issues. I’ve had them for almost a decade, so it’s no surprise it’s such an issue with my Fibromyalgia. However, having cut out wheat, sugar & alcohol it’s very difficult not to get frustrated and disheartened when it plays up; it causes me to obsess over the stress it is placing on my body. It’s hard not to be thinking, ‘what more do I need to do here?!’

At times like these it is important to remember that recovery is not a linear process. There will be little – and large – pitfalls and set backs. The disfunctions in my body did not appear overnight so putting things right is also going to take time. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still making progress.

Remember the mantra, two steps forward, one step back.

  • Not believing in yourself

I believe I can recover from my condition. I wholeheartedly believe that to be true. I am strong enough to do it because I am also stubborn enough to take my health back. Whenever someone asks me about my goal I tell them that though I may not get 100% better I will do everything to try. I believe in myself enough to have the confidence to turn my life upside down if I have to.

In terms of your health, life, career, love life, etc you are your greatest champion. People may find your goals, path or ambition ludicrous; they may try to gently persuade you out of it for fear of your failure. But it is you who knows the best path for you and only you know whether you can get there. And what the best way is for you to get there.

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