My in-laws are far from the hippie type. They are realistic and practical. They aren’t tree huggers, and they’re not about to be seen at a yoga or meditation class. However, one thing that has always struck me is that they never complain about their little ailments.
They have some problems, but they always seem happy. They always seem ready to go, ready to have fun, and they just really seem to enjoy life. They enjoy their grandkids immensely and seem to have endless energy for them, whereas even me, being younger and childless, seem to tire out easily with the demands of young children.
Something they said this past weekend when I was visiting them really resonated with me because it’s just so TRUE. They said that you can make yourself feel better by talking yourself into it. It’s all in your head was their motto. And they couldn’t be more right.
Now I’m not saying there aren’t some people with terrible diseases that they are either born with or that they’ve come down with somewhere in life. There are always those exceptions. But what I do notice is that a lot of people who seem to be chronically ill also have the mentality that they have no control over their own destiny when it comes to their health and well-being.
People who are chronically sick or that tend to catch everything, or that generally just suffer that malaise that comes over us all once in a while – but they seem to suffer from it all the time…You know what I mean. Those are the people who tend to have a negative outlook on life and who tend to also think they are victims of circumstance.
You have to “will” yourself to feel good all the time. Of course, you’re not always going to feel like a million bucks. That’s not natural either. However, you should generally be living life with most of your days being good ones that you can count as a high quality day in terms of how you’re physically feeling.
Chronic fatigue syndrome and other illnesses in which chronic fatigue and other life-sapping conditions are often linked to depression. No surprise since there is a HUGE mind body connection. Psychosomatic symptoms are a very real thing. That’s why they’ve been studied at length, and that’s why so many people can see this at work in their own life. You may notice that when you’re feeling down mentally, your body’s immunity also tends to be compromised.
Live by the motto that there is a true mind/body connection, and you should be able to take on the challenges that life has put in front of you, whether it’s an emotional challenge or a physical one.