5 Ways to Stay Motivated When You’re Sick

Once you are diagnosed with a major or even a minor health condition, it may be difficult to stay motivated and positive. It is not only important to maintain a healing attitude for your own sanity, but also for your health.

Stress, anxiety and negative emotions can worsen your condition, which can make you feel even more discouraged or weakened. While it is normal to feel emotionally distraught after a diagnosis with a condition that may impair your health, there are a few ways you can address your feelings and keep up the strength to get you through this difficult time.

Remember that you are not your illness: Many people tend to identify with their illness, and either subconsciously or consciously believe that their illness defines them as a person. This identification with the illness often causes more suffering and pain than the actual illness itself.

Eat for your health: Of all the recommended strategies for fighting disease and promoting overall health and well being, few are as critical and profound as healthy eating. Eating a variety of nourishing, whole foods provides the ability to rejuvenate and rebuild, while keeping you healthy and energized. Certain diet plans can also be tailored to a specific health condition – for example, foods such as cruciferous vegetables support heavy metal detoxification and decrease inflammation.

Meditate: The health benefits of meditation have been successfully tested in the scientific community with excellent results. More and more peer-reviewed research on meditation confirms that it is a viable method of improving health and emotional well being, helping with issues ranging from cardiovascular disease, inflammation and immune activity to pain, anxiety and depression.

Meditation is a beneficial relaxation technique, as it is well known in the medical world that reduction of stress improves the condition of many disease states and helps to greatly reduce health risks related to physical, mental and emotional overload.

Clear the clutter: When battling any type of illness, people often seek a more serene environment that is clean and calming to improve their mood and decrease stress. Clearing clutter from your everyday environment – whether it is your office, home environment, or your car – can help you create a more peaceful and comfortable space in which to invite healing energy.

Reach out: : While you may feel inclined to isolate yourself when you are ill, sometimes company is the best therapy! Taking time to connect with friends and family through e-mails, visits or phone calls will help you feel supported and loved, improve your mood and immunity, and help to process your diagnosis in a safe environment. In addition, many programs provide support groups that bring people in similar circumstances together in order to help one another work through personal experiences in a positive way.

A key to recovery from illness or serious health conditions involves increasing your emotional well being and improving your surroundings. Creating a safe, happy and healthy environment in which to heal will allow you to maintain your psychological health while improving your physical vitality.

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Dr. Isaac Eliaz, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980's, is a respected author, lecturer, researcher, product formulator and clinical practitioner.

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Helen

Your Right on; soothing music as you clean you can evin dance around with the duster, you do not evin have to be sick to have fun.

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Boomer12k

To help with the Mental Stress, Anxiety, and negative emotions associated with illness and disease, I recommend this Book or DVD....
There is a NEWLY discovered technique for negative emotional states. It is described in a book and DVD titled, "Happiness Is No Charge”.
This website gives details and shows where to get the book and DVD.

http://home.comcast.net/~swbbu...

This is a Personal Therapy, no practitioner is needed. Negative emotions can be stopped, many times in just a few minutes. That is CORRECT, MINUTES!!!!
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Irritation, Frustration, Suppression, Repression, Compulsion, Obsessions, habits, can either get relief or even disappear.
The technique is a simple 1, 2, 3, step technique and can actually be learned from the concept behind it, to the technique itself in about FIVE MINUTES!!!!!

It works good for negative emotions. I use this technique nearly everyday. When something frustrating or irritating happens and I have a break down "tantrum", or even a crying fit.

I also delineate between ILLNESS and DISEASE. An ILLNESS is like the FLU. Temporary and caused by micro-organisms. DISEASE is generally a gland or organ MALFUNCTION, The Liver for instance. The CELLS can go bad, it is generally a nutritional deficiency or damage of some kind. Having a nice SALAD does not prevent the FLU!!!! You can still get it. But it will help you replace vitamins and minerals, and that will help you from getting deficient!!!!
However, that being said, a Doctor can diagnose you with Something and you can feel bad about that, because it is not what you wanted or expected. That can be STRESS. A physical malady can be stress to your body, and not your mind. Suffering can be BOTH. It just depends on you and your individual circumstances. But a Cold, or the Flu, is NOT a disease. Although the Flu can KILL YOU!

So BUNDLE UP!!!! And take good care of yourself!!!!!

Be Well and Happy.
Steve

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