Our thoughts are incredibly impactful to our everyday lives, more so than we may realize.
That’s why it’s so important to be aware of your thoughts and reshape negative thoughts into positive thoughts when living with RA.
Here are a few tips to help you reshape your thoughts so you can live your best life with RA:
Focus on your strengths. List your strengths and keep them posted somewhere you will see them everyday, such as a bathroom mirror or your closet door. Add to the list every time you have a small win or notice a new strength. By doing this, your weaknesses will strengthen naturally. There is some truth to that old saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Think about your former life as last season’s clothes that are 2 sizes too small. They simply don’t work for you for many reasons. It’s time for some new clothes. Personal updating is important, too!
Create a ritual to grieve your former self. Write a letter or record a voice memo to the former you sharing love and saying goodbye. Dedicated time each day to talk with an old photo of yourself.
Celebrate the new you by doing something you wouldn’t normally do. Get a tattoo, change your hair color, or book an exotic trip.
Introduce your new self to your old self out loud. Pretend as if you are both at a party. Take some time to have a conversation. Talk about your likes and dislikes, hobbies, and how you spend your time.
Avoid blaming all bad things in life on your diagnosis of RA. Sometimes our problems are just waiting for an opportunity to come out.
With age comes change regardless of chronic illness. Try to ask yourself “Would aging cause this?” For example, don’t attribute your slower mile pace, wrinkles, dry skin, or going to bed a little earlier all to your RA.
Write your own obituary. I know this sounds morbid but stick with me… Write a speech you would give at your own funeral. You can tell the world exactly how to remember you. This can serve as an ode to your former self.
Remember that all is not lost. You are still you! Parts of you have changed, but other parts of you have not. It’s important to embrace both as doing so will help you live your best life with RA.
If you’re ready to take the next steps to embracing your life with RA, my one-on-one coaching program just may be what you’re looking for. Learn more about my program here and sign up for a free consultation with me here.