Sometimes it can be hard to remember we still have choices.
When so much of our health seems out of our hands and our situations may be constrained, it’s easy to feel as though there’s nothing we can do, no choices of our own we can make.
But we do have choices. Big ones and little ones. Whether that’s whether to relocate to a new city or what to have for dinner, they will be different for everyone but they are there.
We can take back some control over the things we can change and the choices we can make. Don’t give your body, your situation or other people your freedom of choice. Don’t give away your ability to affect change in your own life.
Feeling constrained and out of options in big areas of our lives can bleed into the smallest, day to day things. It can lead to a paralysis of decision and hopelessness and helplessness.
Maybe it’s a choice to rearrange an appointment or say no to an invitation because you really don’t feel up to it. Maybe it’s a choice not to listen to your brain when it tells you you’re rubbish. Maybe it’s a choice to get a second opinion. Maybe it’s a choice about what you’re having for dinner and whether to use the best plates for a change. Maybe it’s a choice to take time out of your day to look after yourself. Maybe it’s a choice to start making choices!
Make them count. Make choices with purpose and free-will. Think about your needs, and the things that would make you happy. Think about what your body and your health need.
When you see obstacles, don’t give up. Think outside of the box. Find another way to get where you need to get to and to take the actions you want to take.
Focus on the things you can do and the choices you can make, even if they seem like really, really small things. Remember that you have choices. You have a voice. You have a life to live the best you can by accepting what you can’t change and taking action on the things you can, making your own choices over your thoughts and actions.