I can’t do that because of my toe.
I can’t do that because of my hip.
I can’t do that because of my knee.
I can’t do that because I am in a wheelchair.
I can’t do that because I use a cane or walker.
I did “that” or tried “that” and it didn’t work.
I can’t because I have RA, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Osteoarthritis…etc…etc…etc…
Okay, first of all (and yes, I am doing that sassy rolling the neck thing with my hand on the hip), you can’t tell me I don’t understand because to some degree I do. So not to offend the sensitive soul of one with an autoimmune disease, let me talk to myself for a second.
Nikki: You can’t or you won’t? You can’t or does it hurt? You can’t but what can you do and don’t say nothing because you can do something. You can’t or are you afraid? You can’t or you feel as though “they” may be “looking at you funny?”
Well, Nikki (YOU), you have to change your attitude first of all. Yes, I know you went through or may be going through the “why me phase” or experiencing “B.A. nostalgia” (Before Autoimmune). But, listen, you have to become the very thing mentally you were before and that is a fighter or warrior. If you never were that then you must become one or you will speed up the process of the toil it takes on your body. Nikki (YOU), you can not or will not go out without a fight! You are the ROCKY of your illness.
So how can you improve your attitude?
- Prayer works miracles
- Meditation works wonders
- Positive quotes on the mirror or your nightstand that relate to attitude, inspiration, etc
- Instead of always searching for the bad things about your illness or disease search for people who are living successfully with it and draw from their ideas and perspective
- List or say five things you are grateful for every day morning or night
- Drink more water (just thought I would throw that in there)
- Eat healthier because you will feel better physically and it will help you feel better mentally
- Face your fears about your illness or disease and think more about what you can do than what you can’t do and be forever grateful for that
- Try it again and again and again. Try something new. Create an exercise of your own.
- Cherish the good moments, spurts of energy and use them to your advantage. Don’t worry about “I will hurt later” because what I have found is you are probably going to hurt later anyways.