When it comes to living a happy life in general, but especially with a chronic illness, it is crucial to focus on your mindset. Many people go through their days letting life happen to them. Allowing the circumstances of their life to rule their happiness and life outcome. However, it is important to realize that your happiness is completely in your control.
Do terrible circumstances arise in life? Yes.
Do we have any control of when and how life circumstances are thrown at us? No.
No matter what your circumstances are, no matter what cards you are dealt, you have the choice to see the positive. Something I have learned throughout my 12 years with IBD, is that I do not get to be in control of everything in my life, BUT I am always in control of myself (my mindset and actions). This does not mean that we should act like terrible things don’t suck and don’t make us upset. It is not about ignoring the circumstances of life, rather it is about learning to process them and move past them.
It can be easy to get stuck in the victim mentality, but in order to live a happy life it is important to push past this concept and make the CHOICE to be happy and to see the good in your life. Living with IBD has led to a lot of anxiety and stress, but something I have learned is that the majority of mental suffering can be fixed by switching your mindset and your perspective. Instead of looking at life through a lens of suffering and lack, look at it through a lens of abundance and joy. I truly believe that this is an extremely important factor in the happiness of everyone, but especially those with a chronic illness who don’t have as much control over what is going on in their body. By learning to reframe your mindset, you can move from a life of lack to a life of abundance.
Easier said than done? 100%.
But, doable? For sure.
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Your trusty, gutsy gal,