We need to be careful of cultivating a negative mindset when we are diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Here are three ways to start developing a healthy, positive mindset.
I will not live in fear!
It is so easy to be fearful when living with autoimmune disorders. We can be afraid of what will cause the next flare. We can be afraid of the results from the next blood test. We can be afraid of what our future may look like.
We have a choice to live with a fearful mindset or a faithful mindset. 2 Timothy 1:7 says 7 The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. I love that. His spirit is a source of power when we feel weak, a source of love when we feel unloved and source of self-control when we feel out of control.
If you choose to live in fear this is how a fearful mindset can affect your body in a negative way.
Diarrhea and the sudden need to empty your bladder are both side effects of fear. Your body sends blood away from the digestive tract, causing it to spasm, resulting in diarrhea.
Sweating is your body’s common reaction to fear. It’s caused because adrenaline brings blood to the skin’s surface, causing the pores to open and allowing sweat to pour out. This is in response to your body’s natural desire to run from dangerous situations.
You may describe the rapid heart rate associated with fear as feeling like your heart is going to explode; but, in fact, your heart is just working diligently to provide as much blood as possible to help your body deal with the fear.
Weakness is sometimes a fear response, causing your body to be unable to move or to move only with wobbly knees. This is because of the “fright” response, which causes your body to want to play dead in an effort to make it unappetizing to a predator. Weakness will usually occur only after flight and fight responses are in place and your body has perceived them to not be working.
3 Scriptures to claim victory over fear
Romans 8:15 (ERV)
15 The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again and causes us to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us God’s chosen children. And with that Spirit we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:31 (ERV)
31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.
Psalm 118:6 (ERV)
6 The Lord is with me, so I will not be afraid. No one on earth can do anything to harm me.
I Choose not to be Offended
We can spend a lot of our “spoons” of energy being offended. We have to work on having a forgiving mindset towards those who offend and hurt us. This is so much easier said than done. Can I get an, Amen?
I know when I choose to be offended by someone, then I have those stressful feelings that well up inside every time I cross paths with them. I think the next time someone says or does something to hurt or offend me, I’m just going to forgive them and then think to myself, “Well bless his/her heart”, and walk away. That little saying kind of minimizes the sting of the insult and it can even make you chuckle.
In 2016, Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, received extensive press coverage for saying the phrase “Bless you heart” in response to an attack by presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Think about this, whether it’s a simple spat with your spouse or long-held resentment toward a family member or friend, unresolved conflict can go deeper than you may realize—it may be affecting your physical health. The good news: Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression and stress. And research points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age.
Remember everyone has the right to free speech, but you have the right not be offended.
3 scriptures to encourage a forgiving mindset
Psalm 119:165 (NASB)
165 Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.
Matthew 6:14 (ERV)
14 Yes, if you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, then your Father in heaven will also forgive your wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:7 (ASV)
7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
I will Live in the Present.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bil Keane
Do you live in the present of is your mind going in 5 different directions at once? We need to be mindful of living in the present. So how do we do this?
5 ways to Live in the Present
Spend at least five minutes each day doing nothing.
Don’ you love the thought of just doing nothing? I do. Just being able to sit for five minutes without the TV, internet, radio, or anyone talking and completely rest is a little taste of heaven.
Stop worrying about the future.
Worrying never solved one problem. In fact it causes more problems than it fixes. I love this saying, “Children use their imaginations for creativity, and adults use their imaginations for worry.”
When you’re talking to someone, pay attention.
Don’t let the phone interrupt your conversation. This is a pet peeve of mine. I hate it when my husband and I are out to dinner with friends and we have to stop our conversation because an uninvited guest has called and we all have to either talk at a lower volume or stop speaking all together so a private conversation can take place.
Real pay attention. Don’t be thinking of the next thing to say. Listen and then thoughtfully respond.
We take the time to create a fabulous meal and then when we put it on the table we rush through it. That is the worst thing about the holidays. We plan out this grand meal and it takes hours to prepare. Then when it is finished we put it on the table and everyone digs in and the food is gone in less than fifteen minutes.
Do one thing at a time.
Don’t multi-task. Don’t try to do housework while you are eating. When I am writing a blog post, I need to just write and not do laundry at the same time.
3 Verses to Remind You to Live in the Present
Psalm 118:24 (KJ21)
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
John 10:10 (CEB)
10 The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.
John 15:11 (CEB)
Action Steps: Out of these three things which one will you put into practice today? Please leave your comments below.