I know how easy it is to get down in the dumps with fibromyalgia and all that we deal with every day. I’d like to share something with you that’s a different spin on having an attitude of gratitude. Give it a try.
Its called “unfortunately/fortunately.” I believe it will train your brain away from the negative to more positive thoughts. Here we go:
Unfortunately, I have this horrible disease called fibro, but fortunately, I’ve found some amazing people who can act as a sounding board and give compassionate support.
Unfortunately, I can’t take pain meds during the day because they cause side effects I hate, but fortunately, I have them available for when I’m experiencing a really bad day.
Unfortunately, my fibro makes me feel like I’m 90 years old, but fortunately, it’s also helped me be more empathetic toward other people with chronic pain, as well as more patient in general.
Unfortunately, my fatigue prevents me from thinking clearly, but fortunately, I’m able to take a nap when I need to.
Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to take long walks, but fortunately, I’m able to walk into the next room.
Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to drive due to my physical limitations, but fortunately, my husband is able to drive me where I need or want to go.
This game can work for any situation, really, and it’s a good habit to get into. For example:
Unfortunately, my home is really small, but fortunately, it’s paid for and inexpensive to heat and cool.
Unfortunately, my freelance work doesn’t offer benefits, but fortunately, being on my husband’s insurance has helped me be able to continue working from home.
Unfortunately, I spend quite a bit of time alone, but fortunately, human connection is just a phone call or text message away.
It’s something I’m working on establishing as a daily habit. Whenever I think of a negative, I counterbalance it with a positive. After doing this for a little while now, the game just plays in my head when something negative comes up.
Give it a try and let me know if you find it to be useful.
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