You cannot heal in the same environment where you got sick.
Been feeling crappy for a while now? Suffering with digestive issues can be completely debilitating. Sometimes it means you can’t even leave the house or if you do, you have to know where the closest restrooms are everywhere you go. It can really cause a lot of anxiety. Keeping a job, finding a new one or even meeting up with friends or going to the grocery store can be stressful tasks that leave you simply wanting to stay home.
Well, if you have been sick and you have been spinning your wheels trying to figure out how to get better, here’s one hard to hear truth you need to know:
Something that you are doing must change in order for you to get better. You cannot heal in the same environment where you got sick.
If you choose to do nothing different, everything will stay the same or get worse over time.
One of the quickest ways to get well and feel better is to change what you are eating, how much sleep you are getting and how you handle stress in your life.
So, what’s the first step? Honesty.
If you want to feel better, you have to start being brutally honest with yourself about how you are feeding your illness. Here’s the amazingly good news: much of what needs to be done is well within reach and completely within your control.
Take a good look at your eating habits, food choices, stress levels and sleep patterns. Are you helping or hindering your bodies natural desire and efforts to be healthy?
If you allow yourself to see the truths, you can begin to slowly make positive changes that will have a huge impact on how you feel.
Here are three things you can do today to begin healing your body so you can enjoy life again:
1. Start of food journal. Doing this (without judgement) really brings a level of awareness to our eating habits and also helps us figure out what specific foods might be causing us to feel bad. After 7-10 days of journaling, take a look at what you’ve been eating and pick a couple of foods to remove and replace with healthier options. This is about forward progress, little steps in the right direction.
2. Find ways to release stress. Stress of some sort is inevitable. It’s how we deal with and release stress that is important. Some good places to start are concentrating on making time for things that bring you joy. Light exercise helps to dissipate stress as well as deep breathing.
3. Work on improving the amount of good quality sleep you get each night. Create an environment that is conducive to good sleep. A dark, cool room is a great place to start. Another big one is putting away all devices (phone, ipad, tv) at least an hour before you begin to sleep.
Make some changes, even if it feels difficult. You won’t regret it.
I would love to hear about your progress!