“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry ford
The first question on my new client intake form is, Do you know that autoimmunity is reversible? Chances are, if someone decides to work with me, they usually know that I beat MS, and they are at least familiar with some of the dozen healing stories I share in my book, Beat Autoimmune of other people who have reversed numerous other autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac, Crohn’s, colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and IBS. If they don’t know for sure that autoimmune conditions are reversible, I might suggest that they check out the empowering science and healing stories I share on my blog and in my book.
One of my greatest pleasures is editing and sharing healing stories, so if you have one, please please reach out. The world needs more uplifting healing success stories. Plus, there is beautiful healing that happens in both the writing and sharing of our own healing stories.
The second question on my intake form is, Do you believe you will [beat an autoimmune condition]? There is no right or wrong answer here, but the individual answer turns out to be a pretty good predictor of how well someone will do. It turns out that positive expectations, optimism, personal control, and a sense of meaning are known to be protective of both mental and physical health.1 Psychological resources, positive illusions, and health, Taylor, S.E. et al., 2000 Jan;55(1):99-109. doi: 10.1037//0003-066x.55.1.99, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11392870/
The good news for us all is that it’s never too late to shift our mindset and adopt even a cautiously optimistic one. Psychologist and author Martin Seligman, PhD argues that we can cultivate a positive perspective and that directly ties to better health outcomes.2 Learned Optimism article: https://positivepsychology.com/learned-optimism/
It turns out that old adage attributed to Henry Ford is right. Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. So why not stack the deck in your favor and believe you can?
Of course healing from an autoimmune condition requires much more than a can-do mindset; but, I find that the attitude of the person, their determination to be well, their commitment to themselves, and their willingness to do whatever it takes, is like rocket fuel sprinkled with magic fairy dust for the healing process.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
– John F. Kennedy
Embrace a Healing Mindset
A healing mindset includes your reasons for living – or better yet, thriving, your personal commitment to yourself, and strong connections.
1. Know Your Why
When it comes to beating the odds of a chronic disease like cancer, researcher and author Kelly Turner, Ph.D., found that one common trait of survivors and thrivers was having strong reasons for living. Your reasons for living inspire and keep you motivated, even when you are feeling low. If you can’t identify your “Why”, ask a close friend or therapist to help.
Do not outsource your health.
— Walter Bortz, II, MD
2. Accept Responsibility
The only thing that ever has healed or cured anyone is their own immune system. No one else can cure or heal you. Your top job is to unburden your immune system so it can do its job optimally.
Love is the most powerful healing energy.
3. Cultivate Connection
Research shows that strong social connections are more beneficial to longevity and healing than diet, exercise, stopping drinking alcohol & smoking.4http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/relationships-boost-survival/
Healing Mindset Action Summary
- Know your “North Star” – your primary motivation for healing.
- Empower yourself, educate yourself, and enlist the support of a root cause doctor.
- Cultivate connections – with yourself, your loved ones, and your higher power.
So now that you have the how; it’s time to take a step. What will your first step be?
Take good care!
P.S. If you want inspiration, motivation, and a turbo charge for your own healing journey, watch my FREE Beat Autoimmune Quickstart Training series. It’s all I know about how to beat an autoimmune condition in bite sized videos with simple strategies and hopeful stories. Sign up and watch video #1 right away.
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