PCOS Healing Mindset: Part 1

Have you just been diagnosed with PCOS? Or maybe you've known for awhile, but you aren't sure where to start. Finding out you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be scary and confusing. You're left with a list of health risks and symptoms, suggestions for medications, and no idea what to do. I've been there!

In this 5-part series, we will discuss the very first step in healing PCOS naturally. It's probably not what you think! Are you ready to start feeling empowered about your health?

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True Wellness Begins with Your Mindset

I used to be angry at my body. I was angry that my hormones were all out-of-whack and that my body wouldn't work the way it was supposed to. I blamed things on my body and felt sorry for myself. I felt helpless. 

My whole world changed when I discovered that I had the power to make a difference in my own health. I didn't have to take medicine that would ultimately make my condition worse. I didn't have to live in fear of what might happen to me. I could make food and lifestyle changes that would propel me toward healing. 

Hand Lettering by Emily M Swope

Hand Lettering by Emily M Swope

I learned how to eat in a way that was better for my body, and my symptoms improved. Yet, I would get super upset with myself if I strayed from the diet. I was still telling myself the story that my body wasn't good enough. I didn't really understand the value of rest and self-care. I was doing healthy things, but I wasn't really experiencing wellness yet. 

One day while I was sitting on my yoga mat journaling, I realized that I had been carrying around an overwhelming amount of negativity and fear related to my body. Tears began rolling down my face as I began to understand how weighed down I was by these underlying feelings. The discovery hit me...in order to truly heal and experience wellness, I had to love my body. No more telling myself that my body was broken. The new story was this: my body has the ability to heal itself if I allow it. 

Wellness is a mindset.

Obsessively calorie-counting and over-exercising are not healthy. In an attempt to create wellness in the body, we can lose sight of creating wellness in our thoughts. A person who is constantly berating herself, telling herself that she's not thin enough, telling herself she's not muscular enough, telling herself she's not pretty enough is not experiencing true wellness. True wellness is holistic. It encompasses the whole life, the whole person--mind, body, and soul. It is an adventure of seeking balance and what feels good for your life. It is not a pinnacle of perfection. 

I believe that mindset is the beginning--the spark--of wellness creation. We must begin with a mindset of love and the belief that our bodies have the ability to experience complete health. We won't get there by hating ourselves. 

I am still in the process of learning to take a nap when I feel tired (rather than overloading my body with caffeine), to exercise to feel good (not because I’m afraid of what will happen if I don’t), to eat foods that will nourish my healing process (but not beat myself up if I eat something that doesn’t fit the plan). I am starting to catch myself when I am going down a negative spiral of thoughts. I feel empowered knowing that I can change my outlook.

We cannot get to a place of feeling lighter, heathier, and happier by putting ourselves down and stressing over every little thing. We can, however, start with loving thoughts and watch as our healing ensues.

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This is How to Stop Telling Yourself the Same Old Story

We all do it. We feed ourselves lies. Someone once told us we were _______ (fill in your own blank) so we play that in our heads on repeat. We think its part of our identity--part of our story. There are multiple events and scenarios in our lives that we blame on this part of our identity. Honestly, we use it as an excuse for why we're not where we really want to be in life. 

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