Dealing With The Challenges of Holidays When You Are Chronically Ill
Christmas, a very joyful period of the year for some of us, and for others more difficult...
It often touches deeper themes in ourselves, regardless of whether we have a warm circle of family and friends around us. For some of us, it is a time of reflection and honest conversations with family members. Some of us feel the pressure of social obligations and expectations and are challenged to feel that they are worthy of their own space. It is a time where eating healthy might seem impossible, see it as a self-forgiveness practice and allow yourself to enjoy all the different foods.
Whatever Christmas awakes in you, I'm asking everyone who has moments that they feel alone, left out, different, the difficult one, strange compared to healthy friends and family members, to zoom out. I want to remind you, you are part of a bigger community as well. This community are we, all men and women who endure(d) chronic illness or who are working with the leftovers of chronic illness. I know everyone is going through big shifts on all levels, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.
We, coaches, retrainers, FB monitors, Ashok and even people from the administrative and PR side of the programme, we are all connected, like a field. And because we don’t see each other live in person, doesn’t mean we are not part of it. For everyone who feels in ways left out, isolated, different, your sense of being part of something, might start here again. I’m proud to be part of a community that knows the depths of both sadness and happiness, who says yes to this transformational process. We are not weak or strange at all!!
So when it is Christmas, I’m asking you to consciously send a wish, a positive intention, a laughter or a warm heart to this field we all form. So the one of us who do not feel surrounded by family or friends know they are surrounded by our love and care. You only have to say ‘yes’ to receiving. In this unspoken, unseen way, we can be there for each other.
I wish you well.
Paulien Elzinga, Dutch GP Coach
Paulien works from the Netherlands (Haarlem) and France (Lyon), offering sessions mainly through Skype.
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As a kid, I contracted a tick bite in primary school and two years later EBV. The following years my energy would slip away. The chronic fatigue, which was only one of my many symptoms, had an immense influence on my transition from childhood to adulthood and raised many questions about health and life. It would take me over a decade when finally my health started to improve and many different efforts would keep me going in the right direction for the years to come.
I have always sought answers about my health. Healing was needed in many different areas like my gut, toxic inner and outer environment, viruses that were having free reign in my body and stress reaction that seem to be triggered by everything. There was also healing needed in my self-esteem, reconnection with my intuition, learning to respect and value my instincts, thoughts, and feelings.
The Gupta Program was a big part of my healing journey and since 2013 I’m part of the brain retraining team as a coach.
My background is in Social Psychology (MSc). After my studies, I followed many courses and especially Caroline Myss and Byron Katie have been of great inspiration to me. At the moment I’m a student of biofield therapy “Healing Touch”. I live both in the Netherlands and in France and work mainly online.