We can all benefit from learning to reframe our thoughts. Living with an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and Chiari Malformation has caused me to fight daily to reframe my thoughts as I face many deficits. Daily many of us face things such as lack of sleep, high pain levels, spasming, lack of muscle control and many issues which can contribute to self doubt and allowing negative thoughts to overwhelm us.
Yet, when we learn to pause and reframe our negative thoughts great things can be accomplished. For example, on my recent vacation, I allowed doubt and negativity to make me believe that I could not snorkel ever again. Then with encouragement from my husband, lots of prayer, and reframing my negative thoughts, I went from “I can’t” to “I at least have to try” which turned into “I did it!”. Wow, what an amazing experience it was to see all the bright colored fish! But it was almost missed because of letting the negative thoughts take over.
No matter what we face, learning to reframe our thoughts is crucial in moving forward. Granted this is not always easy, but with practice it can start to transform your bad days into great days. So, when you spill your coffee or your feet/legs won’t cooperate, instead of getting upset and allowing the negative thoughts to start rushing in putting a damper on your day, take it as “oh well, it was just an oops” and now I must pay more attention to what I am doing and move on. Often there are hidden blessing in our mishaps, and it teaches us to learn to relax and laugh at ourselves.