There’s something we need to address, right here, right now. Not all of you will like it or agree with what I’m about to say, and that’s OK. I need to get this off my chest, so here it goes.
I hear so many people with chronic illnesses say, “I suffer from …” when talking about their health condition, and this is a problem. When interviewing people with chronic illnesses on my podcast, I often educate guests on why they shouldn’t tell themselves they’re “suffering.”
When you say “I suffer with,” it echoes to your brain that you’re suffering, rather than calling out your condition with, “I have …” Suffering is a bad word because it reiterates to your brain “I’m suffering,” “I’m sick,” and “I can’t do this.”
If you want to be successful in life, get that job promotion, or spend time with the people you care about, then self-talk is one of the keys. Your brain has more of an effect than you may think. Our self-talk, or the language that we use in our minds to describe ourselves, has a tremendous impact on our overall well-being. It’s challenging to get out of the habit of using certain words, but as you change your language, you’ll notice a difference.
If you tell yourself you’re suffering, you’ll suffer more.
Tell yourself you’re in pain, and you’ll feel more pain.
Tell yourself you can’t do it, and guess what? You won’t do it!
That simple change from “suffering with” to “I have this condition” is life-changing.
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