I’ve been pondering for a few weeks where to start with this blog post. I know what I want to say, I’m just hopeful it comes across as I mean it to!
In March this year, following 18 months of chronic illness with RD, Fibromyalgia & degenerative disc disease all playing together, plus the recent death of my Mother I kind of reached a tipping point. I’m deliberately not using the word breaking! But I’d had month after month of pain, depression, anxiety, aching, medications, fatigue, painsomnia and nothing was really changing – I wasn’t feeling ‘better’.
It was a sink or swim moment. I could either drift along as I was, feeling pretty miserable most days, or I could look for help. But what? Who? Where? So I hit trusty Google and followed where it led. And boy was the universe ready for me to reach out! I started looking at mindfulness retreats, found lots of very out there options which included raw foods and tents, which aren’t necessarily my scene! But whilst stumbling from link to link I came across the wonderful lady who was to change my life. There is no other way to put that, and I truly believe we were drawn together.
Demi Schneider is simply one of life’s good ‘uns, and an insightful, generous and empowering lady. A Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist, Metaphysical Life Coach & Author of “Beat Your Depression For Good” – she powerfully challenges and guides us to look within for our own joy. To care for and love ourselves. To be happy!
In simple terms what we think is all powerful. And it’s our choice! And that choice dictates how we feel, emotionally and physically.
It’s easy, rational and possible, but it takes learning, acceptance, meditation and work. We have years of learned negative thinking patterns to turn around before we are able to allow ourselves to truly be open and actively listen to what our body is telling us.
It’s known that the subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality. So by changing our thought patterns to positive (for example repeating ‘I am calm and in control’ when feeling anxious), we physically change the chemicals our brain releases – increasing serotonin. And when you feel better, you feel less pain.
Does it relieve pain? A little, yes, and I’m in my early days. Is it worth it? Absolutely, allowing peace and acceptance into our lives brings joy and happiness to our minds and our hearts, regardless of circumstances. Loving ourselves rocks!
It’s not a magic cure, but it is a much nicer way to live, especially with chronic illness when things can seem very bleak.