Controlling the Trigger
I recently wrote about becoming aware of what triggers your illness. I want to say a little more about that. In my life, my trigger was stress and how I managed it. I would swallow my stress and it had nowhere to go. So like food that you eat, it started coming out the other end and created my illness, Crohn’s Colitis.
Everywhere we go in life we have stress one way or the other. There is physical stress like cold, hot, rain or snow and then there is emotional stress. I believe in my life my emotional stress, if I let it go on, would have ended up killing me.
Like I said, I swallowed my stress because in my family I was not taught how to handle stress or my emotions effectively. I didn’t want to look weak when I was overwhelmed, so I sucked it up. I believe the body is like a jar and you can only fit so much in the jar until it overflows.
That’s why I tell everyone to look into stress management and look for tools to help you stop swallowing stress. This alone might help you cure your illness. There are tons of books and learning materials out there that will help you. It is also the reason I wrote my book. I wanted to share the tools that I have found helpful and which ultimately cured my disease.
Meditation is a great tool to empty your mind and give it a rest. But, it is hard to do when you’re in a stressful situation. You need to have something you can do on the fly or in the middle of your job. One of my favorite things to say when I start getting stressed over something in the moment that I am trying to fix or work through is: “I am not going to get sick over this.” Those simple words bring me back to reality about what is important. There is nothing in this world worth getting sick over. And if you think worry is going to solve the problem, it’s not!
To control my trigger I needed to create a mindset that I have done my best and if something does not work out, I need to believe that it was not meant to be and move on. Nothing is worth getting sick over!
My book, I Healed My Crohn’s Colitis, is a simple and powerful book that shows you how I healed and gives you the tools to do the same. It is now available! Pick up your copy at any local bookstore or order online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Balboa Press Bookstore