I'm gonna post what positives I'm learning from this whole experience, feel free to add yours (hopefully you have some positives!).
I lost 13 lbs, and I can stand to lose several more of those 13 pounds (and I do not deprive myself of food, I eat, just 10x healthier than I ever did before and less fat/calories).
I am learning to stop and learn to relax and just not feel guilty when I need rest or me time.
I'm learning to enjoy life, stop and smell the roses sorta speak, just go to the beach with the family and stop planning things and goals constantly.
To chew my food! I haven't been doing this I notice, I'm always in that "rush" I was talking about. Gosh my health issues always slow me down to reality. Get a massage, let your nails go for a few days, so what if the living room is a mess today?!
More spirituality. When I'm rushing around in life, I get away from that more than I'd like and when I get a health issue, I have to slow down and focus on my spirituality, health, mind, body health and connections with people and all that. And heal (my adrenals/stress hormones) and all that. Changing my thinking to more positive, spending more time with my kids.
I started a new routine w/my son, b/c I notice that my whole family has been hyped up w/anxiety lately (we were gonna sell our house, and my son has chronic ear infections and an upcoming surgery for that and my stomach issues, etc) and I give my son a bath nightly, we just hang out, sometimes I pour in mineral salts, I hang my arm in and we'll just hang out and talk (it relaxes him). He gets his jammies on, I help lotion him and then I give him belly rubs with castor oil (our naturopath said to do for his constipation) with some soothing Hawaiian or other music on in the background (sometimes he gets a back rub, too). Then I will read to him, talk to him and tuck him in (after he brushes his teeth of course). This is our nightly routine, it is special to me and I will remember it when he grows up. Before, I'd just have whoever throw him in the tub, hurry it up, get him to bed and so on. It's helping me reconnect to the IMPORTANT things in life (btw I remember my favorite times with my younger siblings were giving them a bath-there's nothing like that clean baby smell and then getting them in their jammies, throwing them up in the air and blowing on their tummies and munching on their feet (playfully, of course), and reading to them and tucking them in at night. Those are my most special memories of my younger siblings. I realize I've been making everything in my house so stressful lately even baths, hurry up and take one, pour water over your head, get out, get to bed type stuff (not cool!). Or rush out the door, hurry clean this and that. Now it's sit down dinners, and turn on more soothing music or Hayhouseradio, sit down and read...cuddle as a family, talk and so on and I remind everyone to talk in calm voices (I come from a family who does not!).
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.
Post Edited (Peaceandhappiness) : 3/11/2010 8:55:42 PM (GMT-7)