Chances are, you are no stranger to loss. Especially when you live with MS, kidney disease or a heart condition, you haven’t just lost your health, but perhaps also your career, people in your life and that unshaken belief in your body. And you have a right to grieve the things you no longer have, and all the dreams for the future that might never come true now.
But loss isn’t all bad. Sometimes we need to shed the old in order to grow or to make room for new things. As the saying goes, autumn reminds us how beautiful it is to let things go. So ask yourself, what’s weighing me down that I could get rid of? What no longer serves me now that my life has changed?
Maybe you’ve come to realize that it doesn’t make much sense to be overly attached to certain possessions or status symbols. Maybe you have toxic people in your life who drain your energy instead of support you. Or perhaps it’s time to finally kick those limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns to the curb.
Letting go of the past isn’t easy. It takes patience, self-compassion and inner work. You have to make room for your negative emotions to flow and learn the lessons from the situations. Because holding on to pain doesn’t fix your problems.
So hopefully these 16 quotes will help you to let go – of the good and the bad – and move forward again with hope in your heart.
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When you think of relaxation, do you imagine yourself lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink or curled up with a good book?
Aside from vacationing, most of us tend to underestimate the importance of rest. Sure, we love to chill on the couch or spend way too much time sick in bed, but that’s not necessarily the same as real rest. You may be sitting still, but are you actually relaxing your body and mind?
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Experiencing joy and feeling sick every single day – that sounds like a huge contradiction right?
You’re right, there’s nothing fun about chronic illness. Being exhausted and in pain, having serious symptoms, not being able to do the things you love, it all sucks the joy right out of your day.
And yet, joy is a more powerful emotion than we give it credit for.
When you’re having fun, feel passionate or burst out laughing, your brain receives a signal to release dopamine and serotonin. These ‘happy hormones’ causes reactions in many other parts of your body, like a racing heart from excitement or butterflies in your stomach. Through this chemical process, joy boosts your immunity, reduces stress and pain, improves your heart health and makes it more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that even a fake smile can trick your brain into a better mood and lower stress levels.
So when you think of it, you actually need more positive emotions like joy now that you are sick. Not just to support your health, but to counteract all the negative experiences you’re dealing with. According to the happiness ratio concept, you need 3 positive emotions for every negative one in order to feel good, physically and emotionally. (Ok, the exact ratio is criticized but not really important – the idea that you need plenty of positivity in life for a healthy balance is).
Making room for joy in your day is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for your wellbeing.
Sounds great, but how can you cultivate joy when you’re chronically ill or experiencing other kinds of hardship?
The first thing to realize, is that you can be sick and hurting and experience moments of joy at the same time. Feeling happy and excited or having fun does not mean that you aren’t seriously ill. It means you were able to put your pain aside for a little while to enjoy life too. These conflicting emotions can coexist. Filling your days with more laughter and more fun activities is not selfish or frivolous – you’re simply trying to live a full life despite your illness (and work on your health in the mean time!).
Even on bad days, you can try to find joy in your senses, from cherishing a good piece of chocolate to listening to your favorite song. You can find joy in playfulness, getting silly and laughter. It isn’t easy, but looking for the humor in every situation can be a helpful coping mechanism. You can even find joy in accomplishments, like putting in a day’s of hard work or overcoming challenges.
Whatever sparks joy for you, make sure your sprinkle more of these simple pleasures throughout your day. I highly recommend making your own happy list to cultivate positivity when life’s tough.
And perhaps the 15 joy quotes below will give you some inspiration – or at least put a smile on your face today.
Anyone who’s ever spent a night staring at the ceiling knows it’s true: your mind can be your most powerful ally or your worst enemy.
Left alone with your thoughts, you might start replaying problems in your head, worry about what the future might bring or fantasize about your dreams coming true. Either way, you’re tapping into the power of your imagination.
Imagination is your ability to form a mental image of objects, landscapes, scenarios or ideas without the immediate input of your senses. From vividly picturing your worst fears to envisioning yourself on a tropical beach, your brain has the power to conjure up all kinds of plots and plans.
But even though it’s all in your mind, your imagination may shape your reality more than you may realize. Creative thinking helps to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for your problems. Playing out scenarios in your mind can also prepare you for real-life challenges, making it easier to stay calm and perform well in high-pressure situations. What’s more, picturing yourself achieve your goals will give you the self-efficacy you need to make your dreams come true.
Your thought patterns also have a tangible effect on your body. When you fantasy about the perfect vacation or kissing that guy you fancy, your body releases happy hormones that boost your wellbeing in many ways. That’s because your brain does not distinguish much between vividly imagining and actually experiencing a situation. It’s through the release of those neurochemicals and the following physical reactions, that imagination, visualization and positive constructive daydreaming can boost your brain power, lower your stress levels, reduce fear and help you manage pain.
So tap into the power of your imagination and unleash your creative wisdom with these 17 quotes!
Living with chronic illness can be pretty stressful, unpredictable and overwhelming. Aside from the physical pain and symptoms, you have to deal with a rollercoaster of emotions, practical problems and an uncertain future.
It’s a far cry from the image most of us have of ‘inner peace’.
But the thing is, you don’t have to be a yogi, serenely meditating in natural surroundings to find that calm state of mind. Even with everything that’s going on around you, it is possible to stay centered and quiet the noise.
Inner peace refers to the ability to remain relatively calm and undisturbed by external conditions. Even in difficult situations, you manage to clear your mind, listen to your own inner voice, and act calm and collected. Inner peace also means you don’t feel so attached to outward events – what people think of you, superficial achievements or keeping up with the Joneses.
The million dollar question of course is, how can you reach that state of inner peace?
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