Have you ever just plain NOT wanted to do something? Perhaps it’s something small like doing the dishes, or maybe something bigger like giving a speech or going to court. Maybe you’re scared to do it, or depressed about it. How about, instead of choosing fear or resistance, you choose excitement? Here’s a little trick I learned at a Personal Success Institute training. When I feel a lot of resistance or fear, I just jump in the air 3 times while shouting, “I’M EXCITED! I’M EXCITED! I’M EXCITED!” The result is amazing. The fear turns to excitement. The resistance turns to excitement. And I’m having fun!! This takes positive thinking and stress management to a whole new full-body level. Try it! I posted some videos below so you can see the technique in action:
Have you heard of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)? Tonight I went to see a presentation by Will Wood at the NLP and Coaching Institute in Salt Lake City. He is a Certified Hypnotist and NLP practitioner. It was truly amazing. I walked away reminded once again that our minds are powerful and we can overcome fear, pain, phobias, and all kinds of things instantly if we use some fairly easy techniques.
He demonstrated some of these techniques and helped volunteers from the audience get over things like a fear of spiders, fear of the dentist, fear of crowded elevators (that one was me), and anger. Wow! Not only were the techniques quick, they were pretty easy to learn. My husband Steve has used Neuro Linguistic Programming in the past couple of years to wipe out his fear of snakes, and help my son overcome fear of swimming. Once he helped me overcome something I was mad about and honestly I don’t even remember what it was! And I was really mad, so you’d think I would remember it! If you want to learn more, go to www.nlpca.com for starters.
Tonight I taught “positive thinking” to about 80 Cub Scouts and their parents, at their Gold & Blue Banquet.. I am not used to speaking to kids so it was a challenge to appeal to the audience. But honestly, I was surprised at how universal the concept of positive thinking is. The kids really took to it. During one part of the presentation I asked everyone to stand up and say as many nice things to as many people as possible in a minute. The kids had a ball, and the adults did too. By the end of the minute, I’m not kidding, everyone was smiling! It is amazing how just saying something nice to someone can shift energy. This relates to the idea that although we may not be able to control our thoughts, we can choose which thoughts we pay attention to. I have negative and positive thoughts running through my head all day. I’m going to start paying much more attention to my positive thoughts and see what happens. This will be fun!!
My Day with Diabetes
I volunteered to give one of my neighbors a ride to a doctor’s appointment a few days ago. I had never met her and it was nice getting to know each other on the drive there. She is about 62 years old and has Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, COPD, was in a car accident in December, and had pneumonia in January. Wow! I was surprised she was so upbeat and frankly, upright. I took her to the pain clinic and then took her to the hospital where her husband was having his leg amputated due to Diabetes. Like many of us over 50, she had three other people living with her besides her husband: One grown son, one grandson and one friend of a grandson. That will be a topic of another blog…
As I waited in the pain clinic while she saw her care provider, I overheard an older couple bantering about how the husband had a lucky coin, and his wife chiding him about how he should give it to her because he would lose it. He said he wanted to keep it because, “If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.” I started giggling as they went back and forth in a comfortable, friendly teasing session. I asked them to forgive my eavesdropping and that’s when they told me their story. The husband had taken a fall in September and broke his left hip. Due to his Diabetes, he developed a sore on his lower left leg that was not healing, and a cast had been put on it three times with poor results. He also had his left knee replaced a few years ago. He carried his lucky coin in his right pocket and I suggested he switch it to his left pocket. He needed some luck on his left!
While the husband stepped out, his wife told me her story. She also had Diabetes, plus a heart transplant 11 years ago, obesity, and chronic hip pain. How did this couple keep such a positive, friendly attitude? It was remarkable. When it came time for them to leave the wife asked me where I worked as a nurse and I told her I was actually writing a book about resilient aging. The husband then said, “Aging sucks!” He said it with sincerity and emotion, and even a little anger. The wife agreed, saying, “When I turned 60 everything went downhill!”
Well two things occurred to me that day. First of all, I met two couples, and both couples were sharing the diagnosis of Diabetes. And both couples seemed to have a genuine love and respect for their partners, and a positive attitude in the face of Diabetes and other diagnoses. I did a bit of research about Diabetes and discovered that the incidence of Diabetes has increased in adults aged 65-79 from 6.9 per thousand in 1980 to 12.4 per thousand in 2010 (CDC). That’s almost double! In 2010 almost 27% of people over 65 had Diabetes (See the CDC Fact Sheet). That’s a lot!
My Dad died of complications from Diabetes when he was 65, which puts me at risk for developing it myself. Meeting those 2 couples that day has inspired me to do better with my exercise and diet. It also inspired me to be upbeat and keep a positive attitude in the face of my challenges. And to tell the truth it inspired me to appreciate my own husband of 36 years. These couples very obviously loved and cherished one another each and depended on each other for support and encouragement. I saw sadness that day but I also saw a lot of love and hope.
|I will be presenting a workshop on this exciting and informative holistic health cruise. I hope you can join me!
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Join me on Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 PM at the Marriott Salt Lake City University Park Hotel to kick off the integrative healing conference. I am excited to speak about Using Your Mind to Optimize Healing. Check out this link for more information about the conference: http://www.health.utah.edu/healthpromotion/integrative_health_conference/index.html
Since the Glenda the Good Nurse Radio Show ended I have been kept very busy as the president of the American Holistic Nurses Association. When my presidency comes to an end in June 2013 I am planning to bring Glenda the Good Nurse back in one form or another. I will start blogging again very soon. Right now I’m thinking my focus will be on wellness and also on healthy aging. We’ll see. I have a lot to think about now that I will have a little more time on my hands. My goal is to promote healthy lifestyles and holistic healing. Stay tuned!!