It’s one of the great challenges of being human: balancing our drive to improve ourselves with the need to love ourselves just as we are. It can be especially difficult to really embrace self love when your body won’t cooperate the way you want it to. But accepting and loving yourself, even with your chronic illness, can actually go a long way toward improving your life. Read on for strategies.
Recognize Negative Thought Patterns
When we’re stuck in a pattern of negative thinking, sometimes we don’t even realize the terrible things we’re saying to ourselves. Start taking notice of your internal monologue. Ask yourself, “Would I say this to a friend or a family member?” If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be saying it to yourself either.
Reframe or Simply Counter Negative Thoughts
When you identify a negative thought, reframe it into something loving or positive. And if you can add something that takes your thought pattern from passive (this is happening to me) to active (I am influencing this situation), even better. Take a look at the following examples.
Self Love Example No. 1
- Negative: “I hate my body. I don’t want to have to know there’s a bathroom in the vicinity every time I go out.”
- Positive: “I know my body is doing its best to keep me healthy, and I can help by avoiding triggers. Plus it never hurts to know where a bathroom is, whether you have IBS or not.”
Self Love Example No. 2
- Negative: “My stupid hands are cold all the time.”
- Positive: “My hands are trying to get warm, but they need help. I know my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms are worse during the winter, so I’ll make sure to have gloves on me at all times, and I’ll try to avoid being outside for too long on really cold days.”
Reframing your thought patterns changes your outlook, and after a time, you’ll find you have to do it less and less and positive, active thinking becomes second nature.
Think of Yourself As a Child
If you were to see child struggling with an illness, an injury, or even just sadness, it’s likely your first instinct would be to embrace them. You don’t get angry at a child when their body is weak; you help them feel loved and teach them how to live better with gentle encouragement.
When you start to take a harsh or negative tone with yourself, think of yourself as a child. Your attitude will change, and you’ll be able to focus on love and emotional healing.
Treat Yourself Better at Infusion Express
If your healthcare regimen includes IV treatments, know that you have options when it comes to where you receive them, and Infusion Express offers the best of all worlds in outpatient IV therapy. With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. We’ll even provide refreshments.
We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at three convenient locations on either side of the state line in Kansas City (MO), Independence and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.