Last week, I shared 5 ways to find balance while healing from IC and this week, I’l give you 5 more to add to the list!
I invite you to select 1 or 2 from the list and give them a try. The key is to invite a little more balance into your life each day. Start out small and keep on building until a more balanced lifestyle becomes the norm for you.
Let’s get started…
Here are 5 more ways to find balance while healing from IC:
1. Explore your emotions
Complete healing involves addresses several aspects of ourselves, including our psychology, spirituality, physical being and emotions.
I know for myself, I have become quite obsessive at times over the physical aspect of disease and thus created an imbalanced approach to my healing. Now, I try to make sure I am address all parts of myself.
When you explore your inner world you will come to see the bigger picture – that all parts of yourself need healing, not just the physical.
Through journaling, bodywork and various therapeutic modalities, you have the opportunity to uncover, explore and heal various aspects of your emotional and psychological being. Combine these types of inquiries with a spiritual practice and addressing the physical malfunctions in the body and you will have a more complete and balanced healing approach.
2. Take a break from it all
Sometimes a “distraction” is warranted and even necessary. If we are always focused on health and healing, it creates even more imbalance in our lives.
I invite you to watch an epic movie just for the heck of it, get out that old Dawson’s creek DVD set and have a marathon one afternoon, read an adventure or romance novel out in the backyard on a sunny day, or go out with a friend and talk about anything and everything but health and healing.
Just do it. And do it without shame. It will feel good and give your mind a chance to rest instead of incessantly trying to figure things out.
3. Practice letting go
If you are anything like me, letting go is probably one of the lessons you are meant to learn in this lifetime.
I have a good friend who says quite often to me, “You just have to let go. Stop trying. Just stop.” I look back at him with either a blank face or a look of contempt. I know he is right, but it’s like he’s speaking to me in a foreign language. I tell him, “I don’t know how to do that.” He replies, “Yes you do.”
Alright, so I guess deep down we all have the ability to let go, but for some people it seems to be easier than others. Having IC definitely makes it more of a challenge to “just let go” because we have to do a lot of planning just to get through the day.
But we have to practice letting go.
This doesn’t mean that you give up, but you are more open to the process of healing and letting things happen in their own time instead of trying to control all of the details 24/7.
As I said, I am working on letting go daily. It’s a constant practice for me. Whenever I notice I am trying to control a situation (usually out of fear), I try to let go of it mentally and consciously relax my body and breathe deeply. I try to let myself feel the fear underneath the control and just let it be there.
Sitting in meditation is a great way to practice letting go, as is having an awareness in each moment of anywhere you are holding tension in your body and then watching it relax and dissipate.
4. Take up a hobby or activity that does not directly involve healing as a goal
Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Don’t put it off any longer. The time is now. Maybe you have been wanting to start that scrapbook for a while or take up painting again.
Hobbies and activities that you enjoy are no doubt therapeutic as they help to quiet the mind and aid in relaxation, but the goal itself is not to heal, it is to follow your interests and do something that you consider fun and challenging.
If we focus 100% of our time on healing IC, we will miss out on other aspects of our lives that involve developing interests and skills in other areas.
5. Turn off your computer and go to bed!
There’s nothing that can throw you off balance, physically, mentally and emotionally, more than losing sleep.
With IC, we unfortunately take sleep deprivation to a whole new level. Between the frequency, urgency and the pain, it can really disrupt not only the length of our sleep, but the quality as well.
As you begin to heal your bladder and your pain and frequency levels go down, your sleep will begin to improve, but in the meantime, you need to do everything you can to go to bed early.
Our more regenerative sleep occurs between 10 pm and 2 am. If you are up late at night googling cures for IC on your computer, you are doing yourself a huge disservice and running down your already fragile system even further.
So please, turn off that computer and settle into bed by 10 pm as much as possible. For more tips on optimizing your sleep with IC, click here.
There you have it, another 5 ways to find balance while healing from IC.
How do you find balance in your life while healing from IC? Leave a comment below!