I thank you for your patience – I needed to lay the background down for you over the last few posts so that you know that digging yourself out of that dark hole of depression, anxiety and stress is not only about what is going on in your head – it’s also about what is going on in your body!
Last issue I let you into a little bit of my life – which has been filled with stress, anxiety and depression issues. I got out of that dark hole. There’s still a lot of stress in my life but now I can deal with it without getting overwhelmed. And this is what I want to show you.
For me I had to start from a very dark place. In chronic pain, unable to walk more than 4-5 steps, depressed, a whole heap of physical problems ranging from severe food intolerances, migraine, chronic fatigue. I was popping pills by the bucket-load. That was what first changed. With the guidance of my doctor (yes, I had a lot of arguments with her about this, and I would NEVER advocate stopping prescribed meds – there are very good reasons why some medication shouldn’t be stopped) I slowly cut down on meds. It took me two years but eventually I was medication free. I was controlling my pain through meditation. I didn’t realise I was meditating – I was simply breathing through the pain.
I started pushing my physical activity. I started walking to the door and back. A few days later I made it to the lift and back. In small increments over a 4 month period I eventually was able to walk about 1km. Belly dancing was next on my list of activities. Yes – using belly dance as a therapy is how I ended up teaching it here in Cardwell! Eventually I was running a small holiday apartment complex, cleaning, making beds and the mum of two very huge Newfoundland dogs. Dancing, working, cycling, walking the dogs – it seemed I lived an active life. I’ll never been in that top 5% of fittest people again and I still live my life in chronic pain – but you know what? I can walk. How cool is that!!!
So what can you do to start this journey. The first and the hardest step is to decide that you are going to get your life back. You need to decide that you are in charge of your physical and your emotional well being.
I’m an Holistic Counsellor. That means that I don’t get you to dig into the painful past unless you want to go there. I am far more concerned with how you feel RIGHT NOW – and how we can work together to make it better. So if you have problems with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain – you now have a choice. This is your first step toward either recovering or remaining as you are.
WARNING – this is where I get tough.
It’s a hard choice and you need to be super clear and honest with yourself. You have to work out if you are actually comfortable where you are. I know that on the face of it, it sounds silly, but lots of people are actually happy being unhappy! It’s what they know; it’s what they are comfortable with. Some part of your body doesn’t work or you feel depressed – you go give those problems to the doctor and if you are lucky you’ll get some pills to pop.
Is this you? Or do you want to take charge of your own health – physical and emotional? Are you prepared to do the work needed to turn things around? It’s not hard work and it doesn’t required lots of sweat! But it does require your determination to succeed.
So that is your homework this week. Make a decision. The first, and I believe, the hardest step to your recovery is making this decision and to decide you have the determination to carry it through. The rewards are huge!
In the next post I’ll start to give you some of the tools that will help you once you have made that so important decision that you ARE going to get back your zest; that you DO want to live a fuller and happier and more fulfilled life.
Did you miss the previous posts in this series? Here’s the links….