February 15, 2016 |  written by IVX Health

How to Love Yourself with a Chronic Illness

Recognize Negative Thought Patterns When we're stuck in a pattern of negative thinking, sometimes we don't even realize the terrible things we're saying to ourselves.  Start taking notice of your internal monologue.  Ask yourself, "Would I say this to a friend or a family member?"  If the answer is no, then you shouldn't be saying it to yourself either. Reframe or Simply Counter Negative Thoughts When you identify a negative thought, reframe it into something loving or positive.  And if you can add something that takes your thought pattern from passive (this is happening to me) to active (I am influencing this situation), even better.  Take a look at the following examples. Self Love Example No. 1 Negative: "I hate my body.  I don't want to have to know there's a bathroom in the vicinity every time I go out." Positive: "I know my body is doing its best to keep me healthy, and I can help by avoiding triggers.  Plus it never hurts to know where a bathroom is, whether you have IBS or not." Self Love Example No. 2 Negative: "My stupid hands are cold all the time." Positive: "My hands are trying to get warm, but they need help.  I know my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms are worse during the winter, so I'll make sure to have gloves on me at all times, and I'll try to avoid being outside for too long on really cold days." Reframing your thought patterns changes your outlook, and after a time, you'll find you have to do it less and less and positive, active thinking becomes second nature. Think of Yourself As a Child If you were to see child struggling with an illness, an injury, or even just sadness, it's likely your first instinct would be to embrace them.  You don't get angry at a child when their body is weak; you help them feel loved and teach them how to live better with gentle encouragement. When you start to take a harsh or negative tone with yourself, think of yourself as a child.  Your attitude will change, and you'll be able to focus on love and emotional healing. Treat Yourself Better at IVX Health If your healthcare regimen includes IV treatments, know that you have options when it comes to where you receive them, and IVX Health offers the best of all worlds in outpatient IV therapy.  With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  We’ll even provide refreshments. We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at three convenient locations on either side of the state line in Kansas City (MO), Independence and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

Recognize Negative Thought Patterns

When we’re stuck in a pattern of negative thinking, sometimes we don’t even realize the terrible things we’re saying to ourselves.  Start taking notice of your internal monologue.  Ask yourself, “Would I say this to a friend or a family member?”  If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be saying it to yourself either.

Reframe or Simply Counter Negative Thoughts

When you identify a negative thought, reframe it into something loving or positive.  And if you can add something that takes your thought pattern from passive (this is happening to me) to active (I am influencing this situation), even better.  Take a look at the following examples.

Self Love Example No. 1

  • Negative: “I hate my body.  I don’t want to have to know there’s a bathroom in the vicinity every time I go out.”
  • Positive: “I know my body is doing its best to keep me healthy, and I can help by avoiding triggers.  Plus it never hurts to know where a bathroom is, whether you have IBS or not.”

Self Love Example No. 2

  • Negative: “My stupid hands are cold all the time.”
  • Positive: “My hands are trying to get warm, but they need help.  I know my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms are worse during the winter, so I’ll make sure to have gloves on me at all times, and I’ll try to avoid being outside for too long on really cold days.”

Reframing your thought patterns changes your outlook, and after a time, you’ll find you have to do it less and less and positive, active thinking becomes second nature.

Think of Yourself As a Child

If you were to see child struggling with an illness, an injury, or even just sadness, it’s likely your first instinct would be to embrace them.  You don’t get angry at a child when their body is weak; you help them feel loved and teach them how to live better with gentle encouragement.

When you start to take a harsh or negative tone with yourself, think of yourself as a child.  Your attitude will change, and you’ll be able to focus on love and emotional healing.

Treat Yourself Better at IVX Health

If your healthcare regimen includes IV treatments, know that you have options when it comes to where you receive them, and IVX Health offers the best of all worlds in outpatient IV therapy.  With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room.  We’ll even provide refreshments.

We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at three convenient locations on either side of the state line in Kansas City (MO), Independence and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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