The Health Challenge: 10 Steps to Realistic Management

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Many believe we each have the power to choose how we manage a serious health challenge—we can follow a dark, scary path, or we can follow a brighter and kinder path. So, whether you are negotiating your own health issue, or that of someone you love, following these 10 steps will help you overcome whatever health-related challenges may come your way.

1) Know who you are

You are not your illness or disease. You do not need to be identified by it. Understand that your disease may be your body’s way of telling you that something is out of balance. Learning to become aware will help you understand who you truly are and put what matters into perspective to give you the resilience you need to get well again.

2) Listen to your body

Your body has a natural intelligence that is constantly communicating with you. Learning to decode the often cryptic signs our body sends requires careful observation and learning. It is never too late to learn to read and speak the language of your body.

3) Stay positive and watch the words you use

Use and listen to positive and empowering words. This will help you stay clear of fear so you can tap into love. Avoid war-like words and phrases often seen in the media—words that instill feelings of shame and guilt, words that connote pity or evoke drama and fear mongering. Instead, choose words and affirmations that convey love, trust, compassion, kindness, beauty, and hope.

4) View your illness in a holistic way

Your body is a system where each organ and process influences the other and is a part of a whole. It helps to understand that when one organ is removed, another organ will have to do its job. Taking a medication to treat one symptom will cause a chain reaction where new symptoms creep into the equation. It helps to see the body as a system of complex interconnections.

5) Choose a team to support you

Choose a team that mirrors your beliefs and values. Look at your team and notice how you feel. If safety, love, and respect are important to you, make sure you choose a team that helps you feel safe, nurtured, and honored. Don’t be afraid to look at alternatives and search outside the box.

6) You are the CEO of your team

As CEO, you ask the questions, you weigh opinions shared, you analyze data gathered, and you basically run the show. Where your health and body are concerned, assume others know less than you think and you know more than you think. This is where accessing your inner wisdom and following your gut come into play.

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