Ever feel like you’re the only one going through health issues? You get cramps after eating a superfood salad, while your friends and family can eat a gluten and dairy-full burger and fries without a flinch?
Well, maybe it’s not as black and white as that…
Before I got truly and visibly sick, I got pretty darn good at hiding my symptoms. No one really knew that I didn’t feel well inside. I wanted to “tough it out” and I didn’t want anyone to worry about me, because I was doing my best to stay healthy.
And the more I talk to people in a similar spot as I once was, the more I realize that we all do this.
Chances are, you’re not alone either.
The reality is, everyone else around you probably has some hidden health complaint, they just don’t want to show it – at least not yet. Yes, there are some superheroes among us who feel perfectly well (my husband being one of them), but a large majority of people are walking around wondering why they don’t feel as great as they used to.
The Standard American Diet, overuse of antibiotics, and unprecedented levels of stress are taking their toll on all of us.
So although your friends, family, and co-workers may appear like they feel perfectly well, they may not, so it’s likely not just you going through all this.
And I bet if you were to spark up a conversation with someone about how you feel, they’d begin to open up, too. In fact, the day I opened up to everyone about what had been going on for me, so many people came forward and were so happy to know they weren’t alone!
We are all in this together and you are not alone. Not by a longggg shot.
Here’s how to move beyond your diagnosis and get out of the “why me” mentality:
- Tune into your whole self. Don’t let your diagnosis overshadow who you are. Instead, focus on what lights you up in life. What do you love to do? What do people appreciate about you? Shine light on all of that goodness and the shadow of your disease will soon seem minute!
- Open up to a close friend or family member. Digestive symptoms are not always pretty to talk about, so I get not wanting to tell anyone about it. But simply expressing how you feel can take a huge load off your shoulders. It sure did for me! And if you’re not yet comfortable telling someone close to you, tell me! You’re welcome to hit ‘reply’ on any of my emails and I’d be happy to talk to you.
- Practice Affirmations. There is nothing wrong with setting health goals and seeking self-improvement, but love yourself as you are right now, knowing that whoever you are is enough.
- Keep looking ahead. It’s so easy to dwell on the past or present, but look at all that’s to come. If you are working towards improving your digestive health, know that you will feel better. This can be immensely relieving.
These tips are so essential to complete healing. I’d dare to say that one cannot heal without working on these areas.
You are more than your diagnosis. You are not alone. And there are people like me out there who are rooting for you and here for you every step of the way.
If I can support you in moving forward, I would be absolutely honored. Set up a free 20-minute consult to learn all about my programs and which one may be the right fit for you. Either way, I’ll help you discover what the right next step should be for you in your health journey, whether that’s with me or not.