Are you a chronic illness warrior struggling to find your chronic illness warrior mindset?
Do you need to change your mindset? By mindset I mean change the way you think and your general attitude about living with a chronic illness?
Do the ups and downs of living with a chronic illness cause you to crumble?
Are you finding it difficult to stay positive during setbacks? Do you have trouble stopping negative self-talk?
Maybe you feel defeated in your journey? Maybe you’ve said what’s the point and allowed the illness to consume you?
You’ve thought that no matter how hard you try, things will never get better– that you’ll be stuck in this body that seemingly hates you forever.
Over and over you hear that tiny voice saying “you’ll never achieve your dreams and goals” because you have a chronic illness.
If this sounds like you in the least, it’s time for a mindset reset. You need to start thinking like the chronic illness warrior you are.
Mindset Starts with You
I’m going to ask a couple of questions that I know you won’t have the answer to (right now) but just think it over for a while and get back to me.
Who are you?
What’s your purpose and your passion?
If you believe you can’t still be great with a chronic illness, you’re sadly mistaken. Think of all the celebrities with chronic illnesses that are out there. They are still killing the game.
The only difference (besides $$ and more resources) is their mindset. They have a chronic illness warrior mindset. A little thing like a chronic illness diagnosis wasn’t going to stop them in their tracks.
Chronic Illness Warriors Remove Excuses
Poor Morgan. She has a chronic illness. Her life is a waste now. All she is is a shell of who she used to be with days filled with medications and doctor appointments.
Sound anything like you?
If it doesn’t you’re reading the wrong article. Stop here.
After ALOT of sulking and pity, I started to fight. I wanted more for myself than just surviving.
I wanted to live but two things stood in my way: fear of failure and feeling trapped by the label of “chronic illness”.
- Shouldn’t I be satisfied and grateful that I’m not in crisis?
- What if people think I’m faking my illness?
- Am I greedy for wanting to live the life of my dreams?
- Will doing more send me into a tailspin of symptoms?
- Who am I for thinking I can be more, do more, and have more?
Chronic illness WARRIORS don’t feel bad for chasing their dreams, taking chances, and being their true selves. And they definitely don’t feel guilty when they need to rest.
Fighting as a Chronic Illness Warrior
Let’s talk about being at war.
A war is a series of battles not just one. Most people think the battle is against the disease. Yes it is.
But it’s also a mental aspect to this thing.
Here’s another question I want you to think about:
What are you fighting for? Why are you fighting for it?
The wars we fight as chronic illness warriors are not just for us. I mean at the moment yes, it’s about us and our journeys but we’re all warriors on the battleground to advocate for a better world for those with chronic illnesses.
Without clarity of what you’re fighting for, you will easily be broken by the harsh realities and low moments of chronic illness life.
So I ask you again: What are you fighting for? Why are you fighting for it?
Find Your Chronic Illness Warrior Mindset
So how do you move past the victim stage and embrace your chronic illness warrior mindset?
A warrior is a “person engaged in warfare” but I really like this definition better: “a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness”.
When it comes to being a chronic illness warrior, we must be a force to reckon with.
If you’re interested, here are a few reflection prompts to help you build up and reset your mindset:
- Who are you?
- What is your value?
- What do you deserve?
- Who do others say you are?
- Do your actions + words line up with who you believe are or what others say you are?
- What do you want?
I decided a couple years ago that I would not be defined by my chronic illness or what people expected of me because I was diagnosed with a chronic illness.
While some days are easier than others to have a chronic illness warrior mindset, I know that the actions and choices I make daily support my what and my why.
It wasn’t until I was decided that I wanted more that I started to behave like I deserved more.
Because if I can do it, so can you.