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"Life is too short. I can't control everything in my life. Trying to is exhausting!!" - member of myRAteam
When first faced with a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis, a common fear is a lack of control over our health. How could our bodies betray us? How do we grab the reins back and fix the situation? Living with RA forces us to recognize what we can and cannot control.
Members on myRAteam have various strategies for letting go of control and fear, including:
1) using guided imagery to visualize letting go
2) opening up and trusting others
3) organizing or cleaning the house
4) reaching out for support from other members on myRAteam
Here are some conversations from myRAteam about letting go:
• "I guess we need to let go of the old us and make room for the new us. We can and will live with Peace and Happiness. Our lives may be different from our disease, but it doesn't have to be sad. We can still enjoy it."
• "If you stay present, you can let go of attachments from the past, and embrace your future which you are creating now. Allow life to bestow endless blessings upon you. Free your mind from resistant thoughts and use this moment to be present, creative, and alive."
Have you had moments of letting go just when you needed it most? What helps you 'let go' of things out of your control? Share in the comments below or directly on myRAteam.com.
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