Radiant Resilience: Navigating Healing with a Positive Mindset


On this show…our goal is to dig deep and find the resilience within as we aim to navigate healing with a positive mindset. It is a fact of neurology that the brain cannot be in a state of appreciation and a state of fear at the same time. The two states may alternate but are mutually exclusive. But how can you find gratitude and positivity when facing the fear of the unknown? Whether you’ve been delivered an unwelcomed diagnosis, struggling to transition to a healthier lifestyle, or facing the inevitable aging process, research suggests that a positive mindset can have tangible effects on physical health and healing. But breaking down is hard and upsetting and why common sentiments for Get Well Soon cards include patience, looking at the brighter side, and a speedy recovery. With any process though, there are always ups and downs and an ample supply of setbacks which can certainly test your resolve. So hang in there! Our goal is to connect some of these thoughts to let you know, you aren’t alone and to give you some strategies that might illuminate the dark spots and give you motivation to move forward when you feel stuck.

I wanted to cover this topic as I continue to dig deep to fuel my own resilience. Before I share my own struggles, let me put things into perspective, I am beyond blessed. Besides three surgeries to bring my wonderful children into the world and one surgery to end that era, I have been extremely healthy my whole life. Besides two vitamin gummies a day, I’m fortunate not to be in need of any medication. I rarely get sick and am almost always in a good mood. Very blessed. 

For 15 years though, I have dealt with back and neck issues. Now, I wish I had an incredible story to go along with these injuries like fighting crime and saving the world but I don’t. I have sat myself to death. Once a dancer, outside sales rep, and even a personal trainer, since 2002 I’ve sat at a desk doing software sales, marketing, and management. Technology is so convenient, bringing the word to you, where you sit but no one really thought of the damage it could do to your body by not forcing you to go out and get it. A complete breakdown in your foundational structure, your spine. 

Humans are built to stand upright. Your heart and cardiovascular system work more effectively that way. Around 82% of all workers spend the majority of their working day seated. For the average desk worker, this is often 9 hours or more. 65% of these people develop musculoskeletal (MSK) issues like back pain. 

And I’m not sure how related your vertebrae are, I mean they sit so close together, and for some, bone on bone. But I’m sure they talk because when one has a problem, it doesn’t take long before others are catching on.

Let’s start unpacking these ideas starting with the elephant in the room, Planning for positivity: Finding the bright side when you’re dealing with a chronic condition found at optum.com

Elizabeth Perry shares more info on Hardship and the mind-body connection: the effects of low resilience found at betterup.com

At the National Institute of Health I found Positive Emotions and Your Health – Developing a Brighter Outlook

By incorporating these practices into your daily life, you can navigate the healing process with a positive mindset, empowering yourself to overcome obstacles and emerge stronger on the other side.

  1. Acceptance: Acknowledge your current situation and accept it without judgment. Recognize that healing is a process and setbacks are normal
  2. Focus on Progress, Not Perfection: Celebrate small victories and progress, no matter how incremental. Each step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.
  3. Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with kindness and understanding during the healing process. Be gentle with yourself and avoid self-criticism.
  4. Optimistic Outlook: Cultivate a hopeful and optimistic attitude. Believe in your ability to heal and overcome challenges.
  5. Mindfulness and Presence: Practice mindfulness to stay present in the moment and avoid dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
  6. Surround Yourself with Support: Seek out a supportive network of friends, family, or professionals who can provide encouragement and assistance when needed.
  7. Healthy Habits: Take care of your physical and mental well-being by maintaining healthy habits such as exercise, nutritious eating, and adequate sleep.
  8. Gratitude: Focus on the things you are grateful for, even during difficult times. Gratitude can help shift your perspective and promote a positive mindset.
  9. Visualization and Affirmations: Use visualization techniques and positive affirmations to envision your healing journey and reinforce your belief in a positive outcome.
  10. Seek Professional Help: Don’t hesitate to seek professional support if needed, whether it’s therapy, counseling, or medical treatment. A trained 

CHALLENGE: Finding resilience and staying positive during the healing process is essential for promoting overall well-being, facilitating physical and emotional recovery, and empowering you to overcome adversity and thrive in the face of challenges.

I Know YOU Can Do It!