Once you or a loved one has received a diagnosis for a life threatening illness life is never the same. You find yourself measuring time by “before the diagnosis” and “after the diagnosis.” Is it possible to make choices that can improve the quality of your life? Today we have a guest post by Faith Franz of The Mesothemlioma Center, who shares some tips on making the most of life after the diagnosis.
When we experience an injury that potentially limits or ends our ability to perform physical activities, there is a loss of something important that is created. Whether athlete, weekend warrior, or parent chasing after little ones, there is often a sense of longing for what was once but will no longer be. Well-meaning friends and family may say that we need to just get over it or find something else to take its place, but that beloved activity was more than just a past-time; it represented, in some ways, the personal power and control over our own bodies that has been taken away.
Curious about how guided imagery can be used for pain relief, stress reduction, and healing? Below is a short interview with Leslie Davenport, licensed therapist, clinical faculty at the integrative medicine center of a major hospital in San Francisco, and one of my psychology continuing education instructors, who gives a great example of how guided imagery works:
We have many roles in life. Many of those roles require that we give of ourselves, often with nothing in return to refresh and regenerate our energy levels. Some days it feels like we have nothing left to give. Those are the days when self-care is critical. Taking time to recharge by intentionally planning down time may be just the thing required (that to-do list can wait a few hours) whether or not anyone else steps in to help us. We really can’t be as effective for others when we aren’t taking care of our own needs.
What do you think of yourself? Are you typically Positive Polly, or are you more of a Negative Nelly? The way you see yourself has been shown to make a difference in overall wellness. The good news is that you can do something to improve your wellness just by intentionally imagining yourself in a better light. You’ve heard about how “being your best self” can change an outcome from many of the experts on success psychology and athletic performance. Here’s a glimpse of how imagining your best possible self can impact your overall well-being: