Both veterans and newly diagnosed pain patients are familiar with the rollercoaster of emotions that become a permanent part of their life.
Depression and helplessness seep into your daily life as you endure endless medical tests and doctor visits searching for answers.
Anger rears its ugly head as you grapple with the why me's.
Identity loss can occur when forced to give up a valued career, or the role of breadwinner for your family. Identity loss does not only affect career driven people, loss of self-worth can appear if you feel you can no longer be a good parent or spouse, artist, writer, musician, community volunteer or friend.
These emotions can clash together, leaving you confused and depressed. The first thing you need to realize is that you are NOT alone. Millions of people suffering with chronic pain and fatigue join together in local and online support groups. Reach out to those who understand what you are feeling and I guarantee you will no longer feel life is hopeless. One bad thought can overshadow the good when you allow your mind to become fixated on it. Getting feedback from others can often help refocus your thoughts and priorities.
How do these inner feelings hold you back? It shows its face in your job, career, relationships and life. The biggest impact reflects on how you feel about yourself. Everyone has their own story, yet some of us put life's lessons to work and succeed, while others of us stay mired in muck.
How do you overcome negativity, that's ingrained in your soul? Change takes time and focus, and you have to want it. There are steps you can take to help you find the road to change and inner peace.
It's only within you to change your own beliefs and habits.
It doesn't matter where you are, what matters is where you want to go. If you want to make things different, you have to recognize your own behavior and choices before you can make a change. There is no magic bullet, you hold the power in your own hands. Negativity may be as simple as changing a bad thought or habit to a good one. Everything is possible and the only limits are the ones encased in the walls of your own mind. Start a new journey today.