“I have an auto-immune disease and I’m always sick. I feel so poorly most days that it’s hard to think positively. How can I possibly use my thoughts to heal myself, when I can’t get out of the rut I’m in? And I beat myself up for feeling so poorly, which just makes things worse.” ~ Emily, Burlingame, CA
Thoughts control your stress response. When your stress response is hyper-activated, the immune response is triggered to produce more inflammation.
With more inflammation, your immune cells begin attacking, and in your case, they attack you. The more you beat yourself up for not “healing yourself”, the worse it makes you feel, and the more they attack.
Practice nurturing and self love instead. Relaxation techniques and a loving attitude will calm your stress response and balance your immune system.
Remember, you don’t yell at babies, you love them. See yourself in the same way. Always ask yourself, how does this thought, this activity, this food, this person nurture me and help me thrive?
Dr. Eva Selhub