My name is Amanda Elise Love and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 10 years ago which influenced my decision to enter the field of nutrition and now I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who works with those who are suffering from fibromyalgia.My mission in life is to help as many people as possible with fibromyalgia !! God has put this on my heart because I have personally experienced this malady and don’t want you to struggle anymore.
I hope you are drinking your favorite drink (mine is Biglow’s Green tea) and all set to learn something new !
Today’s topic is – “Why It’s Important To Practice Gratitude With Fibromyalgia”.
This is the third episode of a holiday series of 5 .
Episode 32 – “Building Up Your Immune System Before The Holidays” was episode 1 in the holiday series .
Episode 33 – “ Ways To Survive The Holidays With Fibromyalgia ’’ was episode 2 in the holiday series.
Both links will be in the show notes.
Here is what is coming up after this episode :
Episode 35 – “Simple Ideas To Make Traveling Easier with Fibro” episode 4 in the holiday series.
Episode 36 – Faith and Fibromyalgia episode 5 in the holiday series.
New Episodes every Sunday for the rest of the year.
Let’s start today’s topic of “Why It’s Important To Practice Gratitude With Fibromyalgia” .
My life today is not the life I had imagined and that is not a bad thing! Because of fibromyalgia , I have had the opportunity to find out what is really important for me to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
So ,what I would say to someone who I just met felt bad that I have fibromyalgia. I would say to them that is the best thing that has happened to me. I have natural solutions through lifestyle changes, supplements and food choices to have a life again . I help others do the same. Side note if you are listening to this in October 2020 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 20 years old 10 years ago this month. You might think that is a crazy thing to say, that is the best thing that has happened to me. . Lot of you can’t think that you would ever say that but hear me out. I have been through a lot with my fibromyalgia journey like all of you . I recently shared my story with being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in a recent episode 31 called “Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago” .If you want to hear my story you can listen to that episode or episode 2 Called ‘The Pit …My Story ’’. Both links will be in the show notes. I want you to know that I say that is the best thing to happen to me because it is the truth. I didn’t know where this journey was going to take me . To the past 10 years from being first diagnosed to owning my own nutrition business to working with clients with fibromyalgia across the world. I didn’t know that I would have this podcast that is close to 17,000 of this recording. Getting to know you all get better with your fibromyalgia is very important to me. I hope one day with my help you can say that being diagnosed with fibromyalgia was one of the best things for you.
So let’s switch topics and find out what the definition is for gratitude – it means appreciating what you have and making the most from that. The benefits for those who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive , sleep better, express more compassion, kindness and even have a stronger immune system.
I want you to know that gratitude is not about “ looking at the bright side’’ or denying the realities of life . Gratitude goes much deeper than that. It’s about learning from a situation, taking the good to help deal with other challenges in the future.
It’s about finding out that you have more power over your life then you previously imagined . You can stop being a victim of your circumstances and reach out to the joy in living. If you open your heart to the good in your life , gratitude becomes as much a part of your life as breathing.
I figure with thanksgiving coming up in the United States this is a good time to enhance your day – to day life through giving thanks.
For those with fibromyalgia I believe it is important to practice gratitude as we can just be focused on the pain and fatigue and other symptoms of the fibromyalgia .
I hope this episode helps you add gratitude to your life.
I first want you to start with looking at the good things that have happened in your life . They can be little or small things. It can be enjoying a good glass of tea or having a visit with your grandchildren. Then do a gratitude list . Do everything on the list and name it regaining myself and my life. You can take photos and print them out. Then put them into a journal and tick off the things you did and paste the photos that you did .
This gives you a feeling of accomplishment .
Gratitude journal – Write 3 things that you are grateful for . Then write a quote that speaks to you. It can be you are happy to have a roof over your head, food in your stomach and to have family. When you do this each day your mind start’s to change. Even though you have fibromyalgia or many illnesses . You have a lot to be grateful for .
Here are some common thoughts that you might say if you have fibromyalgia .
I want you to turn every negative thought into a positive one.
Example 1 – I’m so tired of being sick so at least I’m alive.
Example 2 – I’m too tired to cook a meal for my family but at least I have food to cook for them.
Example 3 – I’m so tired of being bedridden most of the time, however I am so lucky that I have a bed to sleep in.
Example 4 – I’m so tired of my brain fog, however I am so lucky to have a loving family that understands me and my brain fog.
Example 5- I really hate the fact that I am no longer the person that my husband met, however I am so lucky that he has stayed with me and supports me 100%.
Example 6 -I hate that I have no energy to clean my house, however I am so lucky to have helpers that clean my house.
Example 7 – I hate that I can’t do a lot of outings with my family, however I am so lucky that I can watch my family having fun.
The list is endless.What happens is when you start to think positive instead of negative thoughts you become a different person. Then you are no longer wallowing in misery.
You can also schedule a daily gratitude break . Set the alarm on your cell phone and take a moment to find the time to write something good that has happened that day.
Tell someone you love them and that you appreciate them
Notice the beauty in nature each day
Nurture the friendships you have. Maybe you don’t have any friends in your town . Reach out to someone on social media who has fibromyalgia and tell them you are there for them.
Pause before meals – Take a moment of mindfulness before digging in and thank God for providing the meal.
Take three deep breaths – This simple practice can give you enough time for one simple moment of gratitude . Be grateful for your breath because you wouldn’t be here without it.
Send a card to your child’s teacher ! During this time in our world teachers have gone above and beyond. They are teaching the next generation. Short notes go a long way to appreciating them !
Take a short break from your favorite thing – a dessert, a beverage, a type of music , a show – and when you come back to it again , you’ll remember how much you love it.
Thank you to your garbage collectors !
Can you imagine what it would be like if they didn’t . Women and men who keep our cities clean should be thanked!
Those are idea’s I mentioned are just the starting point to bring more gratitude into your life !
But I don’t want you to ignore getting the help you need with your fibromyalgia . With me I go beyond the supplements and food choices. Which are extremely important but we also look at what you are focused on doing in your life. These ideas might have seemed simple in this episode but most likely you found at least one that you have never thought of. That is part of what I do as a registered holistic nutritionist is giving you changes that you have not thought of and then I keep you accountable to follow through. How would it be for you to be able to get an individualized plan with the right supplements,lifestyle changes and food choices that were right for you ? How would it be for you to go into the new year feeling better then then the start of 2020.
I suggest not waiting until the new year to see if a holistic nutritionist can improve your Fibromyalgia go to www.amandaeliselove.com where you can schedule a complimentary 45-minute call to explore your options. During this call, we will discuss your fibromyalgia journey, what your needs and challenges are and we will also talk about your next step to working with me. Thank you for tuning in today and join us next time as I talk about “Simple Ideas to make Traveling with Fibro easier.
Here are all the links that I mentioned in this episode.
Episode 2 – “The Pit… My Story-http://bit.ly/2LKgID4
Episode 31 – “Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago”.
Episode 32 – “Building Up Your Immune System Before The Holidays”-
Episode 33 – “Way’s To Survive The Holidays With Fibromyalgia”-
Free 45 minute Discovery Call so we can more easily chat about everything that’s going on with your health, what is missing in terms of the solutions and how I can best support you in your goals. Don’t go another month dealing with your fibro symptoms without my help! http://bit.ly/2O0OnIS
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