When you have been chronically ill or tired, the first sign of feeling “normal” actually feels unreal.
The day you wake up without a headache or the nights you don’t have heart pains makes you step back and actually think something is wrong.
As I recovered from Lyme and Babesia infection I had mornings where my head actually felt light, no headache. I would wonder if I was having a stroke. And I don’t think that is a laughing matter, it does show however our tendency to be in the negative side of our brain.
We are hard wired to think of the negative. Genetics research says that we have a “survival of the fittest” mentality programmed into us when we are born.
Self preservation is passed down from generation to generation. Self preservation is not bad in itself, but when the EGO takes over it can drain your worldview of the positive.
“Nothing will go right for me.”
I have faced this mentality after years of facing Lyme and chronic co-infections.
I know it’s tough.
Even though I told myself positive things and looked at the good as much as possible, I still had the habit of looking at my situation in the negative.
One of the things that helped me most was learning how to breathe. You never stop breathing, it is a pathway to your autonomic nervous system. You do it automatically without thinking, and you can control it at will.
I suggest to patients to pay attention to the TENSION in their stomachs. Breathe and relax your stomach muscles AT ALL TIMES. This naturally relaxes the Vegas nerve…the nerve that helps regulate blood pressure, breathing, and digestion.
When the vagus nerve is aggravated, it can put you into an anxious or panic state-FIGHT OR FLIGHT. Relaxing the stomach muscles and breathing through the stomach will relieve tension throughout the body.
When you have a bad day, focus on this. It naturally helps you push negativity away because you are increasing your relaxing nerve tone, the PARASYMPATHETIC TONE.
Something as simple as this, has made a huge impact on my life and my patients. Please try this. It opens up the glands in your brain as well to drain toxins and relieve stress.
And we pray: “I’m bruised and broken, overwhelmed by it all; breathe life into me again.” Psalms 119 🦋
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