The little boy's adorable advice not only made me laugh very hard (and we all know Lyme patients need more laughter in their lives), but his innocence and positivity reminded me try to find a place inside myself that could be INSPIRED, FEARLESS, and HOPEFUL the way a child is.
My next post will be out in a day or two - "Alternative/Holistic Options for Treating Lyme."
Until then, please remember that your mind is SUCH an important ally in your fight to wellness. Everyone asks me what one thing I think helped me beat Lyme Disease. There was no particular treatment or thing that did it. Some things helped more than others, certainly. But, without the work I did on my mind, I never would be where I am today - completely healthy and thriving.
The entire 8 years I spent ill, I printed up my favorite inspirational quotes and put them all over my bedroom. I listened to a particular CD over and over in the car when my parents or friends drove me to appointments. It was called "Secrets of Your Own Healing Power," by Wayne Dyer. If there is a person (Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer), ANYONE who inspires you with their words, ANYONE who can help you get out of the repetitive and destructive thoughts that come to us during any illness but ESPECIALLY during Lyme Disease because of the neurological effects of the disease, then by all means, LISTEN TO THEM. REPEATEDLY.
When I lived with my parents and was on IV meds and extremely disabled, I had no emotional support other than my incredible friends back in San Francisco and an EFT therapist I worked with. My family supported me financially but they were not emotionally supportive at all. I felt helpless and alone in cold, suburban Michigan every day, attached to an IV pole. Though my friends would call to check in on me, I just wanted to ignore their calls at times and go curl up into a depressing ball and feel sorry for myself. This existence was so hard to bear after so many years and then my self-sabotaging thoughts would recycle.
So, instead of SPINNING in those negative thoughts over and over ("I'm never going to get better," or "Didn't I say last year that I'd be doing 'x' this year, and I am still in the same place" or "What if I am like this forever?"), I recommend you read, watch, or listen to something to PULL YOU out. Reading was very difficult for me at times when I was sick, so I just listened to audios.
If it's not a friend or family member, watch a funny TV show or movie that will distract you. And as MUCH as you can, listen to inspirational lectures, CDs, music, etc. You can also google Wayne Dyer or Louise Hay (or whoever your most favorite inspirational speakers is) on youtube, and find free audios they have, and just play them while you are lying down, eating, or in the car.
I swear I must have listened to that Wayne Dyer CD 100 times. But I needed his reminders - his reminder that everything I heard in the Lyme world was not true. That I COULD heal myself completely of a disease. Though I had no idea HOW I would do it, I did. And I DID.
I attribute my complete healing of Lyme to my deep work in the emotional and spiritual realm. I worked on removing limiting beliefs. I worked on the unhealthy patterns I had before sick with Lyme Disease.
I wrote out precisely how I wanted to be feeling in 6 months, 1 year, 2 years. I envisioned it every day for 10 minutes before going to bed (or tried to anyway). There are many tools I can suggest, but these are just a few to start.
Proof in the Pudding: A study at Howard University showed that those who (1) wrote out their visions of what they would be doing with their lives and (2) were very CLEAR with their visions were earning 10x more money than their peers. Money is not everything, but this study illustrates the power of our beliefs.
Break the cycle of your destructive thoughts. They are just on repeat, and are living from an experience of not being healthy. But THERE IS A PART of you THAT WANTS TO BE AND CAN BE HEALTHY.