When it comes to illnesses, people’s first instinct is usually to consult a doctor or take medicine. However, one equally important factor in overcoming any disease is the ability to love yourself. Indeed, self-love is critical to recovery from illness. As you explore the path of retraining your brain, you’ll come to realise your worth and why you deserve to live a happy and normal life. Read on for a few tips on cultivating this all-important self-love:
1. Refrain from self-criticism
We all have that voice in our head criticising our every move and constantly ruminating on past mistakes. Our greatest apprehensions about getting better might be supplied by that same voice. Self-help guru Amy Morin points out that it's important to pay attention to our thoughts and stop negative ones that can be self-sabotaging.
We diminish our resilience when we call ourselves names. We think that we’re not going to achieve something and without realising it, these thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies. Fortunately, one of the highlights of retraining the neural pathways is developing a positive outlook in life until our goals, whether personal or professional, are within our reach.
2. Celebrate accomplishments
A lot of our negative thoughts come from behaviours that we've picked up or attitudes we've been conditioned to employ. One way to redirect our thinking is to recognise these patterns when they occur, and thus use these opportunities to cultivate resilience and focus on what's positive in our lives.
According to psychologist Dr. David DeSteno, celebrating success is an exercise in cultivating a resilient mind. It rewards us with some much-needed motivation for the future and is likely to infect others in the same way. Some healthy ways to express your daily gratitude is to write in a journal, include others in your joy, and set out to do things that make you happy.
3. Find a supportive community
A supportive community is critical to recovery, whether it’s from a physical, mental, or emotional condition. In fact, Gupta coach Frances Goodall explains that this helps with feelings of safety, which is a key ingredient to retraining the brain.
Try looking for groups in your area that regularly meet up to share experiences about your condition. Family and friends are also important support systems. Online communities can be helpful, provided you join ones that are supportive. In fact, the Gupta Program's own online community has been known to be a great support for everyone who undergoes the program, as you can feel like you're a part of a larger community despite the physical distance.
4. Get moving
Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind, as physical activity releases endorphins or happy hormones. These, along with other chemicals including dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, regulate your mood and give off that feeling of satisfaction, which can last for the entire day. On top of that, working out also helps you lose weight and gain strength, which are always major confidence boosters.
Of course, not all patients are as physically able. Those who are bed-bound can do some simple stretches to get the blood flowing. Palm and ankle twists are a great way to relieve tension, while arm and leg lifts ensure that you're working your limbs. Aim for two sessions a day.
5. Nourish your body and mind
Part of your recovery should include developing a healthy relationship with food. Eating well is one of the great joys in life, and you shouldn't deprive yourself of a meal with loved ones all for the sake of a diet. What's ultimately important to note is that every body is different, and thus nutritional needs will differ with each client.
In general, a healthy diet includes protein, carbohydrates, and fat. But make sure you’re getting a healthy amount of your essential vitamins and minerals as well. Pretty Me lists down several key fruits and their micronutrients, such as apples, avocados, grapes, and lemons. These are all rich in antioxidants that bolster the immune system and fight off inflammation, thus preventing inflammatory diseases linked to cancer, diabetes, and the like.
6. Reflect on how far you've come
If you're in the midst of a program, you're often so enmeshed in the day-to-day tasks that you forget to check in every once in a while to see just how much you've progressed.
Taking the time to record your journey, be it through written journals or video posts, gives you something to reflect back on. These reminders will also give you a much-needed push of inspiration for those days where you feel like you're struggling, as you'll be able to remember all the times you've persevered in the past.
The scientific benefits of meditation have been proven. Heahtline notes that frequent meditation has a host of physical benefits from reducing stress to improving sleep, and even controlling pain.
Furthermore, meditation allows us to disconnect from the many distractions that surround us. When you meditate, you're able to focus all your attention to the most important person in your life: yourself. Getting to know yourself through meditation can make you be kinder to yourself and in touch with your emotions.
Written exclusively for Guptaprogram.com
by Brenda Ruby