Trust is one of the cornerstones of health. Because without a solid sense of it, we are challenged to feel safe about our body’s ability to maintain wellness. This is true whether you are proactively into preventative health, or you are working through an autoimmune disease or a chronic disease.
Following my previous article, Trust is like Opium, which explores trusting your body for optimal health and wellbeing, these are my top instant tips for awakening trust and re-connecting with your body.
1. Self Acceptance – becoming completely neutral to where your health and wellbeing is at this point in time. Accepting that this is how it is, right now and for the moment. This is how it is, not how I wanted it to be, planned it would be, hoped it would be. Not how I should be nor expected I would be.
2. The way you talk to yourself about your self and health. Read more here.
Our self-talk serves an important role in coaching our body to respond in a certain way. The more repetitive our negatively focused self-talk is, the more likely that we will increase the release of adrenalin, cortisol and pro-inflammatory proteins which drive disease and symptoms.
3. Build your self trust; only make commitments with yourself that you are prepared to follow through with. Only agree to do things with/for others that you believe in and intend to honour. Just do it. And, If you want to really accelerate your self trust, then under promise and over deliver!
4. Be specific about that part of your wellbeing which you do not trust, at the moment. Specifying our dis-trust keeps perspective and accuracy about our bodily functions. It acknowledges what we can trust to work properly. This is our bridge of hope.
Angela, one of my clients, has lupus centred in the kidneys. Over time, she has learnt how valuable it is for her to be accurate and realistic about her wellbeing – that she has recovered her energy, many of her autoimmune symptoms are less or gone, she is strong in mind and spirit and her kidneys are still sick. Being specifically accurate about what is and isn’t working helps her maintain perspective, thus avoiding being overwhelmed. It helps her maintain energy and enthusiasm to keep up with her health recovery programme and sustains her when her blood results aren’t quite showing what she wants to see.
5. To what degree do you experience self-acceptance? self-esteem? To what degree do you experience self-confidence? Do you even know the difference?
In exploring this concept of trusting her body Angela goes on to share:
“I acknowledge that I was trying so hard to be independent while growing up, and I took myself to a place where even ‘I’ cannot be trusted. Only achievements could validate who I am. Being ill was the only way that the universe knows how to slow me down and teach me to appreciate and love who I am.”
For those with autoimmune and chronic ill health, trust and dis-trust of our bodily functions is often closely linked with our sense of self-acceptance, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Both trust and distrust are not created in an all or nothing way, rather it is a consistent and incremental practise of learning about our cells and body and how they respond to the triggers that come into contact with it.