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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Physical and Emotional Health -- What's the Connection?

Have you ever noticed that it is easier to be upbeat when you are feeling good?

Well, it took me a while to notice. (I never claimed to be quick!)

Actually, I noticed that my downward mood swings often coincided with my being sick.

As I got better, my mood would, inevitably, pick up.

Part of this cycle has to do with keeping busy. When I have energy, I am busy doing things. I do not have time to get bogged down by melancholy thoughts.

But when I am sick, and lying in bed... boy do those thoughts creep in!!

Once they start invading, they are like an avalanche. One thought leads to another until suddenly I am burried under all this... stuff.

Then I have to dig my way out, and there is not a lot of air.

Until the day comes, when the sun is shining and I am feeling good again.

All those heavy thoughts melt away, and I can get back to being myself again.

It can be difficult, especially when my mood is grey.

But I try to remember that the clouds will eventually part, and I might even see a rainbow along the way.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


SuperRaizy said...

The connection between physical and emotional health has been well documented. There is a powerful link. That's why "happy, healing thoughts" are so important.

michele said...

RivkA, that avalanche image is so powerful. I'll remember that phrase. Hope you're starting to feel well enough to dig out from under.

Anonymous said...

You are so right. Your last sentence is so beautiful, I know that I am going to be rereading this the next time I feel down. Thank you!
Ellen L.

Anonymous said...

you know what my friend paulas in simon says,i knew a woman,became a wife,these are the very words she uses to describe her life,she says a good day aint got no room,and a bad days when i lay in bed and think of things that might have been,so make sure you dont go slipsliding away,be in touch,your freindthe loonytune,normality is so overrated,keep smiling

RivkA with a capital A said...

SuperRaizy -- I'm not so sure how much I buy into the "happy thoughts make us healthy" thing -- but that is a topic for a post (or two), not a comment

Michele -- I think so. Thanks.

Ellen -- Thanks. I also liked the poetic imagery in this post. It just worked.

Loonytune -- ROTFL!! I nearly choked from laughing so hard!! I had to call you, so I did. Then, someone funny answered the phone, but it wasn't you! And I realized it was your really funny aunt! So I just left a message, 'cause if she's around, you're not gonna wanna be talkin' to me!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I really appreciate your succinct way of explaining the concept, and helping me to feel better about feeling depressed when I'm sick.

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

Isn't that interesting? There really is a connection. Before I realized I was allergic to dairy I noticed that I would be in a bad mood the day of the nights I would wake up with an 'episode'. Then, whenever I was in a bad mood I would worry 'Is this PMS or am I going to wake up sick tonight?'

RivkA with a capital A said...

Anon -- I actually became aware of this phenomenon during a conversation with another cancer patient who noticed the same thing. Glad we could help you too.

Cheryl -- Pain and discomfort really takes their toll. They sap our energy and we have less patience and tolerance for all those around us, including our loved ones.