Let's talk about guilt, baby...
People living with chronic disease are no stranger to the feeling of guilt; guilt that you are taking away from the life of your family or friends; guilt that your partner or children don't have the spouse or parent that they deserve; guilt that you are in pain or exhausted, which prevents you from doing things with your family and friends.
Most people who live with chronic disease do not want to live with chronic disease or feel like their suffering affects the lives of those around them. The good news is that it is possible to say goodbye to the guilt.
Guilt Be Gone!
- Quit with the SHOULD. When you are constantly thinking about what you "should" be doing you're limiting your potential to grow by judging yourself. Change your way of thinking. Let go of the thoughts that may not even be beneficial to you and start to think of ways to challenge those thoughts.
- Practice positive affirmations. For example: "I am healthy and prosperous and I am grateful for all the good things in my life and I am accepting of all abundant things coming into my life."
- Start a journal. Keeping a journal is a great way to see how far you've come and help you visualize what's on your mind.
- Focus on Quality NOT Quantity. Focusing on the quality of the experience helps you to enjoy the present moment.
- Forgive yourself. Forgiveness is a key factor in moving forward in a positive direction. Mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow!
Submitted by Lindsay Niwa, a Registered Nurse at Crescent Heights Medical Clinic in Medicine Hat, AB.