Posted by Team Jigsaw on January 27, 2015
Feeling better: A five-point plan
Learning how to liveand live well!with a chronic condition is a lot like putting together a puzzle. You may find one piece that fits easily, and others that dont fit at all.
Sometimes its hard to know where to start. Thats why we want you to have this five-point plan to help guide you on your journey to health and wellness.
Identify -- or rule out -- possible causes. Use assessments and functional testing/tools, recommended by your healthcare professional, to rule possible causes in -- or out. Sometimes a simple blood or urine test can tell you everything you need to know.
Sometimes it takes more than that. You can also find some very sophisticated diagnostic and assessment tools online. Some are free to you, but most charge a fee. Some may also be covered by your health insurance. But you won't know until you check out these powerful and reliable tools.
Find solutions that help you feel better. Feeling better does not involve one philosophy or one treatment or one pill. There is no magic bullet. Finding the right solution usually means trying many different things. You'll soon find it's most often a powerful combination of conventional and alternative therapies that you discover through trial and error that will help you feel better. And starting with the basics is a great first step!
Stick to it, especially when you're stuck. No matter whether you are changing how you eat, adopting a new exercise program, incorporating nutritional supplements and/or medical prescriptions, or practicing spirituality, you need to give it time to work. And you need to work your program when it's hard. Countless attempts at feeling better were aborted far too soon, causing further frustration and anxiety. Be patient, be persistent, and you'll find your way to feeling better in no time.
Feel better, and enjoy your life. Once you've finally discovered the pieces to your chronic health puzzle, you can relax and give yourself a pat on the back for the long journey you've endured to feel better. But beware the power of a sense of well-being which can lead to complacency and relapse. Even when you feel well, make sure you follow your plan diligently. And stay on the lookout for new and improved information that can help you. Your chronic health puzzle is a circular one, and newer, more powerful remedies may be just around the corner.