Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

Happiness!

Happy handsOver the last few months I have seen many people taking on many different “challenges” that require them to reflect upon things that have made them happy or things that they are grateful for daily. The most popular one I have seen in #100daychallenge posted on many friends’ facebook pages.
I am so happy to see this movement take off!
In the world of psychotherapy we have a long history of working with clients on gratitude journals or reflective exercises that focus on the positives in one’s life. This is crucial for those suffering with depression and also living with a chronic illness, like epilepsy. Initially many will tell me that here is no way they can come up with one thing a day-but if you commit to the process you will be surprised to find that there almost always is something to be thankful for in our lives. Focusing on this has been seen to help people elevate their levels of happiness and over time helps to reframe some negative thinking. It has also helped to keep people grounded in the moment and focused on the here and now, as opposed to the “what ifs” which we have little to no control over.
So as the summer starts and the weather (at least for our Northeastern members) improves why not take the challenge? If 100 days seems too overwhelming to start, pick a week or a month, whatever it takes to get you started on reflecting and focusing on the positive in your life.
You may be amazed at what you discover.

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