- Paula Jeffrey
Moving from Surviving to Thriving
The transition from unwell to well, or from surviving to thriving, is hard.
It's kind of like the transition between the longest winter ever and summer - some call that spring, in Winnipeg we call it second, third, and fourth winter". If you live somewhere with bold seasons, you know what I mean.
Spring is a tricky season. Can you really leave the jacket at home? Can we really put away the winter clothes? If I wear a sweater in the morning will I be sweating buckets by mid afternoon? Can I plant my seeds? Was that really the last frost?
Spring tests our trust muscle and trust is vulnerable. It means letting go of control, letting go of what was, letting go of our supports.
The season between unwell and well is a lot like spring. Eating foods that you avoided for so long? Vulnerable. Believing you are okay? Believing you're safe? Believing you're healthy? Vulnerable.
There are lots of challenging phases when healing from chronic dis-ease, but this in-between place is hard and often unspoken. Since it happens after the chaos, the fear, the survival mode, perhaps even after you've grieved the hope that things could get better...it comes in sneakily.
This season forces you to ask, who am I without my symptoms?
The stage between surviving and thriving is what keeps many in the chronic illness cycle, it's an obstacle to cure. Because unlike seasons, we can stay cozy in this winter for a long while. Even if it's uncomfortable and cold.
I hope you know that your winter is allowed to shift into spring, even if it's vulnerable. You might not ever feel totally ready for it, but to take the chance is so worth it.
If you are needing support in navigating your chronic health issues, I'd love to hear from you. Homeopathy supports the whole self - physical, mental, and emotional. It can even support that season of spring when things feel stuck. To learn more about working with me, click here!