I have to admit, I am a big fan of inspirational quotes you find on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. This is my most recent favorite:
Lovely isn’t it? But how do you REALLY not respond to irritating people? How do you REALLY not let them under your skin, and create a peaceful life?
Stress and overwhelm are not helpful, especially for women with endometriosis who already have so much going on in our bodies and in our lives. These two emotions have the capability to reap havoc on our nervous system. The cool thing is, we all have the power to conquer overwhelm and let go of stress. However, most of us were never taught that it is possible, let alone how to do it.
As an endometriosis patient myself, I know how important it is to give our body every chance at wellness, every ounce of hope in easing tension is huge. Just like everything else in life, moving from stress to relaxation is an ongoing practice. Stress is a human emotion, we cannot eliminate it. We can, however, practice moving through stress and towards relaxation.
A few tips to get started:
No comparing yourself to anyone else. From an endometriosis standpoint, I understand it is easy to compare how we are doing to other women. This treatment worked for her, why isn’t it working for me? We are each different. Each of our experiences is different, and we are each in a different place with the disease.
Let go of what other people think. This is so hard! One way to know you are holding onto another person’s opinion is if the “highlight reel” is on repeat in your head about “I should have said this, next time I’ll say that…” Less reacting, and more responding within our own boundaries with compassion.
Let go of Should or Supposed To. Another difficult one! The word should gives me instant feelings of guilt and not good enough. Whenever I think to myself, “I should do XYZ…” I replace that verbiage with, “If I really wanted to, I could choose to do XYZ…” It shifts thinking from guilt to choice.
Take time for yourself. These days we all have a million things going on every day. I am a firm believer in taking time to nurture our own ideas and creativity. As women we are really good at making sure the needs of others are met. Doing little things that bring us joy and happiness, helps us become more effective. Make sure your own needs are met! You are worth it! xoxo
Self-Care. Body work and mindfulness are an essential part of staying grounded and centered. Get plenty of rest, and honor what your body needs.
Over the last 5 years I made it my mission to rid my body and mind of stress and negativity…and I’ve got to say, my body feels lighter, and my mind clearer.