I've talked about this before but, since we have so many newbies on the forum, I thought I'd bring this up again. One of the best things that has helped me all these years with fibro and every other problem I have encountered...and trust me, I've had plenty....is a positive outlook on life. I figured a long time ago that there was absolutely no benefit at looking at everything that was negative in my life. It wouldn't make me feel better and function better or enjoy my life more. All the negative thinking would do is make me miserable and everyone around me miserable. I didn't want to do that so, instead of looking at what was wrong in my life, I would look at what was right! I discovered I had a lot more positive things going than the negative things.
It took a while to "get the hang of it" but, through practicing positive thinking, it just became a way of life. When I look at things, I look for the good and not the bad. It has made a huge difference in my life and I know it could for everyone! I do have my share of pain but I don't think about it. I know pain is part of this illness, I've accepted it, and I work around it. And I truly believe, because I have a positive outlook, it has taken a lot of the stress out of my life and we all know that will help with fibro pain.
Now, I do have my moments...everyone does. I do have some "down" days but can get out of them pretty quickly. I just try to keep busy and concentrate on what I need to do in life, how to work around the fibro, and just enjoy living! There really are so many wonderful things about our lives and the great families we have and don't forget all the beauty that is all around us. When problems arise it's easier to handle them if we aren't bogged down with stress so the positive outlook helps there, too.
I know that we all can handle whatever life dishes out. Don't tell yourself that you "can't" do something. Tell yourself that you "can" do anything when you put your mind to it. You will amaze yourself at what you can achieve in life...things you never thought you could do. So, keep looking forward to each new day with anticipation and EXPECT a great day! If it is a bummer, you can handle one day and just look forward to the next day. With fibro, it could be wonderful!
Here is a link I have in Fibro 101. I hope everyone will take the time to read this. I printed it out and look at it when I need a little lift. This is really a very excellent article.
I hope all of you have a terrific day!
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7