It’s simple, effective and easy to remember. When you next feel an attack coming on, relax and try to re-direct your mind to this one thought - “I am safe”. Keep steadily saying it in your mind like a quiet mantra. “I am safe”
Monday, 4 June 2012
I Am Safe: Positive Affirmations to Ease Meniere’s Dis-ease
If you haven’t already read the following posts, you may wish to read some of them first before reading about affirmations.
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If you’ve read the above posts of mine you’ll know that I’m a strong proponent of the belief that our thoughts affect our health via the Psychoneuroimmunological Route. Overtime, consistent negative thinking impacts our brain chemistry which in turn affects our immune system which makes us more susceptible to disease.
I first heard about affirmations around 2000 from my sister who had attended a self-improvement book signing in Sydney with Louise L. Hay. Louise asserted that “your thoughts create your reality” and that “disease is dis-ease in the body”. At the time I was fairly young and reasonably healthy so I thought it an interesting concept but didn’t think much more about it until a few years later when my hearing in my left ear started to go.
I had undertaken all the tests required by my ENT [an Electrocochleography (ECochG), audiogram, CT & MRI scans] to ascertain the cause of my Cochlear Hydrops (the pre-Meniere’s Disease diagnosis), however a cause for my unilateral hearing loss could not be found. It was then that I remembered my sister saying that Louise Hay had said that hearing loss can be due to not wanting to hear something, a sort of "Don't bother me, I don’t want to hear it” reaction. So I thought to myself, “Are there things in my life that I don’t want to hear?” Absolutely.
At the time of the Cochlear Hydrops diagnosis I was under a lot of work pressure. Additionally I had become a sounding board for friends & family who were venting their unhappiness. Unhappy with their work, their relationships, their bodies, their situations, and because I saw myself as a good supportive friend I took it all in.
So thinking that these negative interactions may be affecting my health, I sent out an email to all my friends & family stating my health issue and requesting that they keep their communication with me light & positive. The email was well received and the flow of negative dialogue ceased.
Within three weeks my hearing restored completely and I didn’t have any further issues for another three years.
What I didn’t grasp at the time was that being a good friend didn’t mean being a bottomless receptacle for everyone’s gripes. As a friend I needed to learn that I could offer support within limits and boundaries, and not to personally take on their challenges. I needed to care for myself first.
When the hearing loss did occur again (three years later) I had lapsed back into old habits of trying to support everyone and not setting boundaries with friends & family, but mostly I hadn’t set limits with my work or myself. I had to take responsibility for this.
I was over-extended and financially obligated work-wise, and the GFC was making its presence known. Aside from the GFC, I had manifested this stressful environment around me. This time sending out an email wouldn’t cut it because I was the main culprit. If I had been able to send an email to myself it would have read something like this:
This is an intervention. You need to start looking after yourself better. Go to bed before midnight. Don’t read work emails after 6pm. Learn to relax more. Take a holiday. Eat more often and healthier. Don’t try to fix other people. Don’t hold a grudge. Avoid hyper-vigilance. Have an outlet for frustration like walking or running. Ask for help if you need it. Be kind to yourself and set boundaries. Don’t worry so much, because everything will be all right, even if things are not as perfect as you have envisioned. It’s okay to surrender. But most importantly, whatever the future holds, you will be okay.
CHANGING YOUR THOUGHTS
Everybody reacts differently to stress. Some people get bogged down with recurring negative thoughts. You may relate to some of the following:
“I feel trapped in my job”
“I’m so in debt. How will I ever be able to pay all my bills on time?”
“I just can’t seem to lose weight”
“None of the clothes I like fit me”
“There’s nobody out there worth dating”
“I’m not happy in my relationship”
“My life isn’t going in the direction it should”
“I don’t like where I live”
“My friends aren’t supportive”
“What’s the point of anything?”
Louise Hay considers positive thoughts / affirmations to be like planting a seed in the ground.
“If you think of doing your positive affirmations, it’s like planting a seed in the ground. It’s not necessarily true at the moment but it is something you want to have be true… Little miracles start to happen. Lots of little good things happen… Your thoughts create your life; and when we can get that, we can make enormous changes.” - Louise L. Hay
I have compiled about twenty-eight (28) positive affirmations from Louise’s book “You Can Heal Your Life” that may assist those afflicted with Meniere’s Disease. (See the 28 affirmations at the end of this post.)
Here are some of my favourites:
“Miracles happen every day. I go within to dissolve the pattern that created this, and I now accept a Divine healing. And so it is!”
“I love and approve of myself and trust the process of life. I am safe.”
“I now go beyond other people's fears and limitations. I create my life.”
“My thinking is peaceful, calm, and centred.”
“I am enthusiastic about life and filled with energy and enthusiasm.”
HOW CAN I USE AFFIRMATIONS TO MANAGE MENIERE’S DISEASE
You can use affirmations to manage the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease in two ways.
Firstly, positive affirmations can be used on a daily basis to help put the brakes on the progression Meniere’s Disease. However, like a train that is traveling at speed, Meniere’s Disease will not likely disappear after a week of positive thinking. It will take time, maybe many months, before you notice Meniere’s symptoms abating and feel the full benefit. It is like planting a seed in the ground. Initially you won’t likely see any results, however over time things will improve. (Note: Affirmations should be part of your Meniere's management plan and should not be used instead of medication and/or other prescribed therapies.)
Secondly, I have found it most helpful to mentally recite one particular affirmation at the onset of or during a Meniere’s attack. “I am safe”.
Having a Meniere’s attack is a frightening experience. Usually the longer it lasts, the more frightening it becomes as your body’s Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) kicks in, layering more horrible elements to the experience.
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) consists of two parts: the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) which is the “fight or flight” component and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) which promotes “rest & digestion”.
You may have noticed when having an acute Meniere’s attack (one which go on for hours), some or all of the following SNS or PNS sensations:
- Heart palpitations
- Cold, clammy hands and tingling sensations in your feet and toes
- Feelings of warmth and cold
- Increased sweating
- A dry mouth
- Deep or shallow breathing, which may cause tightness in the chest or further dizziness or light-headedness
- A sense of derealisation – a feeling of confusion or un-reality.
One of the best affirmations I have found to ease a Meniere’s attack and stop the ANS from going into overdrive is the following phrase:
“I am safe.”
Meniere attacks are horrible and it’s very easy to let it push your anxiety levels way up, but if you are in a safe place (lying on your bed or even on the floor out of harm’s way), know this. Even the worst Meniere’s attack will come to an end and you will be okay. Surrender to this knowledge and let the attack wash over you. Take your medication (anti-nausea & Valium), keep a bucket or motion sickness bag handy with a sipping water bottle, lay very still and concentrate on breathing steadily with the affirmation “I am safe”.
DO YOU HAVE AN AFFIRMATION THAT HELPS YOU MANAGE YOUR MENIERE’S DISEASE? Share your affirmation in the comment area below.
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POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS TO EASE MENIERE'S DISEASE
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