ACCEPTANCE IS THE KEY FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED WARRIORS

If you are newly diagnosed RA Warrior, it’s easy to get stuck in believing that RA is all that stops you, the only reason you cannot do whatever it is you want to do. And although that may be true if you wanted to become a supermodel, mostly it’s a scapegoat that keeps you from dreaming new dreams, from finding joy in your life as it is. Everyone has limits, whether they live with a chronic illness or not, and the trick to finding happiness is to make the best of the life you have. Continue dreaming. Continue pushing for what you want. Go forward, not looking back to dwell on what once was. That is where you will find your happiness

It took me a long time to know that acceptance isn’t something you arrive at and stay there forever more. It’s something you work on, all the time.

I was very confused for a very long time, constantly caught up in what I couldn’t do. I focused on the “if onlys”—if only I didn’t have RA; if only I could continue working; if only life were different. In the darkest of times, the response from within me was: You have to learn to accept this.

The “if onlys” are ever-present and seep in through the smallest cracks. And then the “if-onlys” grow and escalate into unfulfilled desires. You let one of these wishes in, and it brings an entourage. And the more they pile up, the more depressed one can  become and the more you long for a different life.

WE need to learn to tame the “If only I didn’t have RA” thought process. That singular thought leads to an abyss that chews us up and drains our emotions.. If we open the door to the things we cannot have, the dreams we left behind, we begin to love your life less. So instead, every day one needs to  practice acceptance. WE can do it by choosing to be positive. When you are in the middle of an RA flare, talk to yourself saying its temporary and that you have innate strong skills to cope. We need to navigate  those “if onlys” so strong that they rarely get a foothold into our thought process.

The most important thing is not just to accept things but to meet the challenge. Life should be faced. If I am able to do something, then I have to do it.

My motto today is, I am able to do things and I am doing them, tomorrow I might feel pain, so I will not do anything. I am living like that, depending on what the illness allows me to do. This is my personal theory I have understood that I have my limits and I do not go beyond them… see if this appeals to you.

In these tough times lets Cultivate a Healing Mindset..

We are indoors during the lockdown so let us make the best of it.

Continuing from my last upload…

Making food and lifestyle changes isn’t easy.  In fact it’s very hard.  It takes time, preparation and dedication to focus on the goal of becoming pain-free and BELIEVING it can happen.  I have been following stories of people who had walked this path before me and knew that it was possible. This has helped motivate me on this difficult journey.

I also tried to reframe the illness by seeing the symptoms as information my body was giving me.  I used it like a compass to guide me in the direction that reduced pain and inflammation.

What you focus on expands. Hence my entire focus was on Healing.

The mind is a powerful tool which can be harnessed to help heal.  I used healing visualizations and affirmations and expressed gratitude each day for the evidence of healing in my body. As the expression goes: “what you focus on expands.” I wanted my body to heal so that, rather than the pain, was my focus

What I’ve come to believe since then is that it is still valuable and important for all of us to do what we can to cultivate hope, joy, peace and positivity in our lives, as the mind is the “control center” for the rest of the body, and what we believe, think and say has a profound impact upon our healing. It can be difficult to heal if the majority of our beliefs, thoughts and words tend toward the negative, and we battle hopelessness, defeat, discouragement and depression on a daily basis.

Consequently, I believe that victory comes when we can address every root cause of a negative mindset, because simply taking others’ advice to “think more positive” denies the complex factors that can lead to a negative, disease-fostering mindset in Arthritis.

In my own healing journey through treatment, I have found all of the following to be highly beneficial for helping me to replace harmful, lie-based thinking with more positive thoughts, and consequently, to speak more life-giving, healing words over my body in my day to day life. Perhaps you will find them useful, too: Read through it and see what appeals to you.

COVID-19 and Rheumatoid Arthritis

We are all aware that (RA) Warriors are more likely to get certain infections. Meaning we may have a higher chance of getting COVID-19 and the likes. If we do get sick, our symptoms could be more serious than someone who doesn’t have RA. Some medicines we take might also make infections more likely.

On the flip side, researchers are looking into the benefits of some RA drugs for COVID-19. But more research is needed to know if and how they could prevent or treat COVID-19.

Experts aren’t sure how this  virus affects people with RA or those who take drugs that affect their immune systems. That means we shouldn’t change our treatment without talking to our doctor. For now, the best way to stay healthy is to keep taking your medicine.

There are daily steps we can take to stay safe. I have received a few smirks  and comments from people who say I’m overreacting about the coronavirus. Some people have complained about being inconvenienced if schools ,colleges are closed or vacations and events get canceled.

But not me…my realigned health perspectives

  • I’m preparing for a vigilant few months.
  • My public activities will be strictly limited and most of my work will be performed from home.
  • I will remain vigilant for evidence that anyone in my family has a cough or elevated temperature.
  • Instead of going to the gym, I will do my exercises at home.
  • I will avoid unnecessary travel trips
  • Concentration on increasing mine and family’s immunity levels.
  • Extra concentration on hygiene and the home environment.
  • Overall working on the mind , body and soul connect!

As we grapple with this new and evolving reality, I ask my fellow Arthritic Warriors to take the threat of this virus in the right spirit.

Please protect yourselves and your families by following the recommended public health measures and instructions given by the authorities in your respective counties.

It will protect you – and it may save many lives. Let us all do our bit…Warm regards is sent to all as we each continue our journeys on our road back to health and wellness!

An RA Warrior trying to find and share Wellness in Current Challenging Times

When we learn to cope up with chronic illness like arthritis, we have undergone various losses through our life’s journey. COVID 19 has put the world in a zone where each one is coping with loss in some shape or form. When I visualize, I feel we have walked that road and have become tenacious in nature and possess the grit and determination to face the current challenges and overcome them positively.

We as Arthritic Warriors never know what’s our tomorrow going to be like and COVID 19 has put the entire universe into a wait and watch the situation.

Let us help ourselves identify the important steps to take to ensure we’re mentally and emotionally well during these challenging times.

Emotional & Mental Wellbeing: All of us will find ourselves in a super stressed zone concerning safety and hygienic surroundings. Learn to pace out household chores as per our body’s daily limitations.

Find a healthy balance in relation to media coverage. Being exposed to large volumes of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, we may find it useful to limit our media intake if it is upsetting us or our family

Exercise – every little helps

Doing just a small amount of regular exercise can make a big difference to both our physical and mental health and wellbeing. It can boost our mood and help us relax. Try to make exercise a regular part of our day.

If we like to get outside, this might be a frustrating time. But there are things we can do at home to move.

Making exercise a part of our daily routine is a useful way to give structure as we’re all adjusting to the change

Medications -take them on time an without missing a dose

Eating Healthy

Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions and snack on whatever is around. But with a little thought and planning, we can make good food choices and even boost your mood and immunity

Keep in touch

Feeling connected to other people can boost wellbeing.
With social distancing and self-isolation, it’s important to keep in touch with our friends, family, and community.

 

Stay Safe…Stay Happy!