You can have results or excuses, but you can’t have both.
As I wrote in the Introduction, I was encouraged to try the plant-based and green-juice diet that was central to my healing in the first year of my illness. Only, I waited half a decade to try it, until I was so desperate that I felt I had no choice. I don’t want that for you. I want you to find your path to health sooner.
Again, I am not recommending my healing diet for everybody (although more vegetables in some form are always a good thing). We all have our own unique path to health. The sooner that you fully take charge of and commit to your healing, the sooner you will find yours.
So, what does take charge of your healing really mean? It’s when you:
› Educate yourself about your health challenge(s) and take time to research a variety of treatment options.
› Make regular time in your schedule for nurturing your body and soul with self-care practices like exercise, healthy eating, sufficient sleep, and meditation or prayer.
› Be willing to try new things and change your perception of yourself (for example, trade a self-perception as a night owl for an early riser).
› Know how precious you are and that you are worth all the resources it takes to heal.
› Stop looking for others to cure you.
› Get support to do all of the earlier suggestions, because it can feel impossible. I know.
That list can be overwhelming. So remember: A little bit is also good. Usually, the more you do, the better, but often even just one significant change can make an enormous difference.
Joshua was 40 years old and a retail store manager when he started experiencing terrible back pain. It came and went, but for years it often kept him home from work and family outings. He was gaining weight, getting depressed, and missing out on life. A few friends encouraged him to try yoga to address the pain, but he insisted that he was not the “yoga-type.” Finally, after four years of intermittent, debilitating pain, it became constant. He was unable to work and was told that major surgery was his best bet.
Luckily, his surgeon required that he do several sessions of aggressive physical therapy before he had the surgery. Six sessions into a course of physical therapy, Joshua was experiencing significantly less pain and after 12 sessions he was almost entirely pain-free. What did this physical therapy consist of? A combination of strengthening exercises, yoga stretches, and yoga breathing.
Although Joshua previously insisted that he was not the “yoga-type,” he now regularly does several minutes of yoga stretches and breathing to protect his back and address any recurring pain. For him, taking charge of his healing didn’t mean a radical life change, but it did mean letting go of some preconceived notions and looking at what he could do for himself. Once he was willing to do that, he experienced healing that he calls “miraculous.”
It sounds great, but I know it’s not that simple. Taking charge doesn’t happen overnight. People usually go through a series of steps to get there. We’ll explore them together in the next few weeks.
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What would taking charge of your healing look like? What
self-perceptions could you let go of? What new thing could
you try? What help could you ask for?
This is the second in a series of excerpts from the first section, Take Charge, of my new book, Everyday Healing. To start your journey on Day 1 and read the whole book: Everyday Healing: Stand Up, Take Charge and Get Your Health Back . . . One Day at a Time please visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local independent bookstore to pick up your copy today.
As always, if you have any thoughts, feedback or questions, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let’s talk!
To your health,