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What it takes to Overcome Chronic Illness

From helping thousands of people all over the world overcome chronic health issues over the last 20yrs I’ve discovered that there are 4 common ingredients that make it possible for people.

 

4 Ingredients for Overcoming Chronic Illness

  • Personal Growth (Educate)
  • Healing
  • Lowering Stress
  • Connecting with what makes you happy

I’m going to breakdown each of these ingredients, so you can clearly understand what they mean and also be able to implement them into your life if they are missing. 

 

Personal Growth

 

Many times, illness especially chronic illness shows up in someone’s life because they need to grow or learn something.  When I say grow, I don’t mean physical growth but grow emotionally, mentally and or spiritually. 

 

There are certain behaviors, habits, beliefs, unhealthy thoughts that cause or support illness.

 

Such as if a person has IBS or other chronic inflammatory digestive problems and they regularly eat foods that causes their digestive tract to be inflamed. 

 

This person obviously needs to learn what foods are causing this to them and stop eating those foods.

 

Another example of growth is when a person puts themselves last all the time. 

 

I see this often with mothers.  They are always putting their family before them, doing too much and not delegating.  Typically, this leads to irritability, fatigue, burnout and chronic pain forcing them to slow down or even stop everything.

 

In this case the mother or person putting themselves last need to learn to put themselves first because one can’t serve or feel good from running on empty.

 

So, this growth part is often about educating to live a healthier life.    

 

Healing

 

Healing depends on what is out of balance, injured, damaged in the person’s life.

 

I’ll use the example of a person with IBS or inflammatory digestive illness again. 

 

This often requires healing of the gut wall, balancing of hormones and resolving any past mental or emotional pain trigging inflammation through the gut-brain axis.

Depending on the severity and length the person has had the health problems will determine how long it will take to fully heal.

 

Lowering Stress

 

This one is big.  Even though learning how to lower stress can be considered part of growth, I believe it needs its own section and explanation. 

 

Stress makes all health problems worse. 

 

Many times, it’s what triggers chronic health problems and has even been found to cause gene mutation. 

 

We are always going to have stress in our lives, so we can’t avoid it.  But what we can do is learn ways to diffuse it, limit it, not give into it and release it, so stress doesn’t impact your health and wellbeing.

 

For many it takes being more aware, training your mind to be quiet (removing unnecessary mental chatter or negativity), learning techniques to release stress like meditation and qi gong.

 

I believe it’s important to do something every day that helps lower stress to prevent buildup of it and support your wellbeing.

 

Connecting to What Makes You Happy

 

Many times, this is overlooked.  Most people are not taught to focus on what makes them happy, instead much focus is placed on how much money can be made. 

 

As a result, this can cause the opposite of happiness and result in massive levels of stress. 

 

When you focus on what makes you happy you naturally have more joy and love in your life and you naturally attract people and things into your life that make you feel alive. 

 

Happiness naturally lowers your stress level, supports healthy immunity and your ability heal faster.  Therefore, leading to a more fulfilling life. 

 

These 4 ingredients do not need to be implemented in any specific order.  They just need to occur for one to have the highest success rate for complete healing.

 

If you are suffering from a chronic illness it takes willingness to be open to change, along with letting go of what is not serving you. 

 

You may not know what that is right now, but you will certainly learn it on your journey back to health.

 

Out of the 4 ingredients I’ve listed is there one that you struggle with most?  And if so, why do you think that is?   

 

Leave your comments below. 

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Discover How to Improve Your Health for FREE!

 

Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you spend time in nature?  If you do not know what I am talking about, it is time to get out into nature.

 

Nature is in a constant state of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and it gives without expecting anything in return.  Unconditional love is what all the great sages and healers like: Jesus, Buddha, and even Mother Theresa embraced.

 

We have a lot to learn from nature.

 

Albert Einstein understood it when he said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”

 

I have noticed, in general, people who spend little time in nature have more health issues.  Is there a connection?  Personally, I believe there is and you might think so after reading the scientific health benefits below.

 

First, I would like to share with you how nature has favourably impacted my life.

 

I find time spent in nature helps return me to who I am….my natural, balanced state…. I believe nature does this for everyone.

 

It happens because being in nature, naturally, aligns you with the healing vibration of unconditional love.  When in a state of unconditional love, your stress melts away and your body can heal much faster.

 

You breathe in more oxygen, as well as, therapeutic scents of trees and plants.

 

8 Things Nature Has Taught Me

 

  1. Slow down and enjoy the moment
  2. Unconditional love
  3. Inner peace
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Adaptability
  6. Energy Medicine
  7. Herbal Medicine
  8. Wild Food

The famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said it well, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

 

I like to walk in nature every morning before I start my day.  Also if I have had a particularly stressful day, I like to go into nature as it is naturally therapeutic.  I have also found my intuition has been enhanced by spending time in nature.

 

For years, I have been intuitively guided to daily spend time in nature in order to balance myself and improve my health.

 

And guess what, science has done several studies that prove this is exactly what is happening.

 

Scientific Health Benefits of Nature

  • Improved short-term memory
  • Restored mental energy
  • Stress relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Better vision
  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper thinking and creativity
  • Anti-cancer effects
  • Immune system boost
  • Improved mental health
  • Reduced risk of early death

If you are struggling with any health issues, I challenge you to daily spend time in nature and see how much your health improves.   

 

All health issues are a sign the body is out of balance and not in its natural state.

 

Positive Improvement of Health Issues With Time Spent In Nature

  • Memory problems
  • Mental fatigue
  • Fatigue
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Depression & anxiety
  • ADHD & ADD
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)

If you want to enhance your health… get out into nature.  Its therapeutic benefits are FREE!

 

I would love to hear any comments you have about nature.  Share them below in the comment section.

 

* Click here to read scientific studies done on people in nature. 

 

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How Self-Love Can Help You to be Healthy

 

Your ability to be healthy is greatly dependent on how well you adapt.  This is because when you are adaptable and exposed to different stressors you have an easier time moving through them without being taken out by stress.

 

Let’s face it, STRESS is unavoidable.  You never know when it will show up, the best thing I have found that can be done is have a preventative strategy and adapt to it when it does show up.

 

How Does Stress Effect Your Health?

 

Stress can be the # 1 cause of health problems because it drains your energy and makes you more vulnerable to make poor choices, which can translate to your physical body’s intelligence lowering. 

 

Depending on the amount of energy you invest into the stressors, your body can have trouble coping and regulating autonomic functions like immunity, repairing itself, digesting food, circulating blood, breathing, balancing hormones and even regulating your sleep cycle.

 

There are several health issues linked to stress:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal disorders like chronic heartburn & irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Brain lesions (which are linked to Alzheimer's disease)
  • Premature aging
  • Premature death.

To prevent and heal from health issues you have to change and be adaptable.  I have found that I am much more adaptable when I am in a loving mind set.

 

Be Adaptable to Prevent and Heal from Health Issues

 

Your mental state is essential.  When stress shows up in your life make sure you view and approach it with a solution oriented mindset. 

 

Be aware that there is a stress, but put your attention on how to solve it rather than the problem itself. 

 

To prevent and heal from health issues it is important to focus on unconditional love.  If you don’t know what unconditional love is, let me tell you.  Unconditional love is loving someone, something, even yourself despite who or what they are, their beliefs, actions, feelings, etc. 

 

I know it can be challenging to love yourself and some people because you may feel they don’t deserve it, they are mean, they have done bad things, maybe even killed people.  But how do you expect you or that person to change if they only receive negative feelings, thoughts, or actions towards them. 

 

I have found to BE Unconditional Love, the first step is to develop Self-Love. 

 

Watch the video below, I explain a simple technique called Self-Love Supercharger: 9 Steps to Developing Self-Love.

 

It is a great exercise to do every day in the morning or when you are feeling out of balance to bring you back to a state of balance.

 

 
 
Self-Love Supercharger: 9 Steps to Develop Self-Love

 

  1. Close your eyes and put your awareness on your heart.
  2. While focusing on your heart pay attention to what it tells you.
  3. Any feelings or thoughts that come up, which are not healthy or balanced feeling, let them go.  To let them go, say, “I let this go.”
  4. After your heart feels clear and balanced, say, “I love myself unconditionally.”
  5. Allow in new healthy energy to fill you up.  To help with this say, I am open to allowing new healthy energy into my life.”
  6. Integrate this new healthy energy.  To do this say, I integrate the new healthy energy in my life.
  7. Visualize your heart being bright pink and take 7 deep breaths imagining your heart filling with pink energy and it getting bigger and expanding outward as far as you can imagine.  (You can do more that 7 breaths if you want.)
  8. Place your palms over your heart and take 9 deep breaths with a smile on your face.
  9. Laugh (even if it is fake).   

If you want to work with me one on one to develop your Self-Love, you can do so by signing up for a Distance Healing Session

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How to Boost Your Heart's Coherence and De-Stress

 

 

 

"Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer

no longer sees any value in pain."  

~ A Course In Miracles

 

Have you ever wondered if STRESS is the reason for your HEALTH ISSUES?

 

You try to keep your level of stress, but you still find yourself stressing about what to make for dinner, juggling work and kids, paying your bills on time and even trying to fit in some needed  “me” time. 

 

Have you noticed that you just don’t feel as alive or happy as you once did? 

 

Your body is telling you that it needs rest, you are fatigued, not sleeping well and even find yourself a little irritable, but you keep pushing yourself anyways.  

 

Your body is silently beginning to give you warning signs that you need to unplug and tune in! 

 

I know I have been there before.  In fact, I believe that stress is what brought about my very own health storm.  Learning to unwind the after effects of stress, has been one of my greatest healers.

 

So, if you feel emotional turmoil more than you feel happy, it's time to listen to yourself and do something about it!  

 

The Scoop On Stress

 

Stress really is all about your perception of life and your experiences.  It is often related to your feelings of:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritation
  • Hopelessness
  • Helplessness
  • Despair
  • Self -judgement
  • Resentment
  • Insecurities
  • Self-doubt 

Over time, these negative feelings and emotions become compounded and can trigger chronic stress. 

 

Stress is the number one reason for illness these days, and your body’s symptoms are often just signs and signals that something is wrong.

 

Negative emotions and feelings have been known to drain energy and wreak havoc on the body.

 

These emotions trigger the body's stress response and autonomic nervous system to a cascade of stressful hormones.

 

Stressful hormones not only lower your immune system, but they also weaken your digestion and steal your sex hormones and deplete them.  This leads to a chaotic rhythm of your heart. 

 

What is a Chaotic Rhythm of the Heart?

 

When your heart and brain have poor communicating, physical issues begin to show up in the body. 

 

People often treat these symptoms with medications, nutritional supplements, diet changes and even new exercise programs. 

 

The truth is, nobody wants to feel awful or imbalanced. 

 

The trouble with only treating your body on a physical level is that usually your results are not sustained.  If the original thought patterns and stressors is not dealt with, new symptoms often arise.

 

I know for me, I had to learn to tame my self judgement and learn acceptance so that I could surrender to the things I could not change.  It was a process of letting go, that brought me greater healing.

 

Your approach to healing needs to incorporate all levels for permanent healing.

 

Symptoms Of Stress

 

Stress has a laundry list of symptoms that manifest in the body over time.

 

A chronically stressed person can have any of the following symptoms and sometimes multiple symptoms.

 

They are...

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Memory and Concentration issues
  • Weight Gain
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Thinning hair
  • Blood Sugar Regulation issues
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmunity
  • Digestive Issues (the gut is our second brain and closely linked)
  • Sluggish Detoxification Pathways
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • Musculoskeletal imbalances and Misalignments
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Respiratory issues
  • Anxiety

The list is long and certainly this is not an exclusive list.

 

Stress showed up in my body as chronic pain.  This triggered an even bigger stress response which eventually created a lot of hormonal imbalances for me.  I had burning pain, which created weight gain and sluggish detox pathways.  This was all from stress.

 

As you can see Stress can truly create many issues in the body and not something you want to let take control of your life and body!

 

Remember: illness is just a reminder that you have stepped away from wholeness.  It's finding your way back to that which will bring about TRUE HEALING.

 

"The miracle comes quietly into the mind

that stops an instant and is still"

~ A Course in Miracles

 

5 Steps To Quiet Your Mind and De-Stress For Better Health

 

Breathe  - Take time for yourself each day to slow down and focus on deep breathing.  Deep slow breaths have actually been proven to turn down the sympathetic nervous system or stress response and engage the parasympathetic healing response. 

 

It takes a few minutes each day to achieve a peaceful state through our breath.  

 

I have incorporated deep breathing into my everyday routine.  It brings about a sense of peacefulness and an abiltiy to cope with stress like I have never had before.

 

Visualize Love and Happy Memories  - One of the best ways to improve the communication between your heart and your brain is to sit quietly each day, or whenever you are feeling stressed, and visualize a happy, joyful, loving memory.  It can be something that you hold dear in your heart, or something you make up.  All it has to do is bring you that warm feeling in your heart.  At the same time breathe in deeply and slowly. 

 

I also find it helpful to smile while doing this.  It has been proven that a smile will release your happy hormones, even if it is a fake one! 

 

According to the HeartMath Institute, healthy heart and brain communication is beneficial for improving Heart Rate Variability. As a result, communication between the heart, brain and nervous system are enhanced. 

 

They have proven that positive emotions are associated with a specific physiological state called coherence.  When your heart and brain are in coherence you will have improved physiological functioning, emotional stability and mental performance.  So in a nutshell, better heart brain coherence equals less stress and negativity.

 

I have used the HeartMath clip in my meditations and deep breathing exercises to monitor how relaxed and peaceful my body is.  I have found it a great tool for showing me when I am stressed and how to better relax.

 

Make Time For Yourself – In today’s busy and hectic world, it is even more important to take time out for yourself.  Create time by...

  • Taking an uninterrupted bath
  • Going for a walk in nature
  • Meditation
  • Spend time with your friends

Getting out of your routine and remembering to have fun is what this is all about.  With more joy comes less stress, and a healthier immune system.

 

For me, daily walks on my own are a time to reflect, be one with nature and they bring me a sense of peace.

 

Let Things Go – In the past I used to get caught up in the small things.  Like whether or not the dishes got done, or the mess the kids left behind.  I realized that those things didn't deserve my energy.   I have gotten into the habit of using a great destressing technique called, Will this matter later.

 

The technique is done when stress arises by asking yourself, “Will this Matter Tomorrow?”  If the answer is no, then I do something that will bring me joy instead.

 

Count Your Blessings – I used to get caught up in all the things that were wrong with my life, and all the things I did not have.  Focusing on those things only intensified the amount of stress I had."

 

To change this I made a Gratitude List.  I wrote down all the things I am thankful for.  I focus on that list every day and add things when appropriate.  It reminds me that I have so much to be happy about.

 

Are there things that you do to combat stress and your inner thought demons?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave me a comment below.

 

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