Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, Emotional Health, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

It’s Time to Pull the Plug

Don’t get alarmed, I’m not talking about asking you to disconnect life saving devices.  I’m asking you to pull a very different kind of plug, the plug on your emotional bathtub.  It’s time to drain the tub and see what lurks beneath the water.

Facing a chronic or life-threatening illness can create a lot of emotional crap.  Just like in any other standing body of water, when you allow things to fester bad things begin to grow. 

At first it may be fun to be in the tub, soaking and relaxing, but you wouldn’t sit in there for days or months, would you?  The same is true for your emotions.  If they sit there unmoved, allowed to increase their negativity over time it can be devastating.

I’m a firm believer in rituals because I feel that symbolism and action combined are a powerful pair.  Create some type of ritual or literally fill a bath tub and pull the plug with some type of intention or prayer.  No matter the path you choose, watch the water or the emotional muck drain and feel that relief that comes with pulling the plug. 

If you give yourself permission and the opportunity you’ll feel lighter both emotionally and physically.  When facing a health challenge, do you really want to be lugging around more weight than necessary? 

How have you pulled the plug and let the negativity drain?  I’d love to hear your story.  I support you in this and I encourage you to let me know if I can be of any service in this endeavor.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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