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

Minimum Daily Requirements

Ever look at the list of vitamins and minerals on the side of any food product in the grocery store?  Do you pay attention to what the minimum daily requirements are and how they impact your life?  Are you conscious of what your body needs in order to function normally?  One of the things to consider is that when facing a health challenge we’re not talking about minimums because the body has to function at full throttle in order to overcome the obstacle.

It’s easy to think about what the minimum daily requirements are for the physical body, but what about our emotional or spiritual being?  What are the minimum basic requirements you need of hope, perseverance, or faith?  It’s easy for our level of hope to be diminished.  Many of us facing a health challenge are way below a sustainable level of hope, what does that do to the immune system?  What happens if you’re starving emotionally or spiritually?  If there is nothing in the well, what are you going to do to quench your thirst?  The word sustainability is used in regard to food and the environment, but what about sustainability in your emotional and spiritual life?

When we’re feeling depleted emotionally and spiritually many begin feeling isolated and depressed.  Even though feeling depressed or sad may be “normal” after a diagnosis, being stuck in the ditch isn’t going to serve you on any level.  How do you keep your head above water?  Gratitude is one place to start.  Being grateful for those in your life who are supporting you will raise your level of hope and comfort.  Empowerment will fortify your mind, body, and soul.  It will raise your level of sustainability going beyond the minimum levels, and experiencing a surge of hope sparking the immune system to rev its engine.

Why do we settle for minimums when we’re at the crossroads to health and healing?  It’s critical to your journey of health and healing that you raise the bar on your expectations of yourself.  Having the capacity to incrementally increase your levels of hope, faith, and perseverance will connect the mind’s message to your body and spirit that it’s time to up the ante and minimums are no longer acceptable.  You are in the driver’s seat and it’s time to set your internal thermostat to a higher level so you’re never depleted and can acquire the resources you need toward health and healing.



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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