Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! As you may (or may not) remember, in one of our Wellness Wednesday posts, I asked the question, “Do You Have A Wellness Focus or An Illness Focus?” We talked a little about the locus of control concept, and how it can affect our wellness:
If we’re wellness focused, there’s a good chance we believe that we have control (internal) over at least some aspects of our overall wellness. We know we can’t control the outcomes, but we can control what we put into the process.
With an illness focus, because we can’t control our illness (external), we run the risk of developing negative feelings around our perceived lack of control that can start to make us feel helpless and/or hopeless. We may start to feel that because we can’t control our illness we can’t control anything.
Today I’d like to introduce you to a book that helps us develop an internal locus of control and work on the internal “stuff” that keeps us bogged down in negative thought processes, unhealthy habits, and self-sabotage. Get Back Into Whack by Susan E. Ingebretson is designed to teach us “how to easily rewire your brain to outsmart stress, overcome self-sabotage, and optimize healing from fibromyalgia and chronic illness.”
Although it’s geared toward those of us who live with fibromyalgia or another chronic illness, this book is helpful for our wellness pursuits as well. It’s all about the internal process of wellness change.
I know I just did a book review a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to introduce this book today because this is the launch period for the book, and you can get special pricing Tuesday November 12th – Thursday November 14th. The Kindle version is on sale for .99 (regular price $7.99) and the print version is on sale for $12.99 (regular price $15.99) on Amazon. Who doesn’t love a good bargain?
You guys know how much I love learning about brain health and how the brain works. In this book, Sue talks about the data filter our brain uses to sift through the myriad of information we receive every day called the Reticualar Activating System (RAS), and how it works to make sense of everything based on your unique life experiences.
She refers to the RAS as your “Mind’s Assessment of your Personal Patterns (MAPP)” which is basically our GPS for our emotional position – “who you are and how you react in this world” – “how you view, filter, and navigate the experiences around you.”
As we’ve discussed before, we have thousands of thoughts every day, both conscious and unconscious. Knowing how our minds are busy working in the background can help us identify fallacies in our thinking and rewire our brains to help us rather than hurt us.
Sue helps us understand how our MAPP works, identify our patterns, and embrace change through her ADAPT and GROW technique. Using this acronym, she outlines the specific steps needed to create successful change:
- A – Awareness
- D – Decision
- A – Action
- P – Plan
- T – Trailblazing
- G – Get on with life.
- R – Repeat what’s working.
- O – Observe circumstances with detachment.
- W – Welcome new ideas and intuitions with gratitude.
Obviously, she gives a lot more information about each of these in the book, but they’re all geared toward helping us “foster positive change and adopt healthy habits.”
Each chapter includes some “Head Work” at the end to help us put into practice the concepts discussed. They’re simple things we can do to incorporate what we’re learning into our day-to-day lives.
As I said earlier, this book is geared toward those of us who live with fibromyalgia or another chronic illness, but the information it contains can help us as we work toward our general wellness goals as well.
NOTE: This is not an affiliate post, though I was given an advance copy of the book. I was so impressed with it, though, that I ordered both the Kindle and the Paperback editions from Amazon. It’s a book that I’ll be referring over and over, I’m sure.
More and more research is confirming the mind-body connection for achieving optimal wellness. Our thought patterns have an incredible effect on our physical and mental health. Learning to take those thoughts captive and put them to work for us instead of against us can help us break unhealthy habits and develop new ones that support our wellness efforts.
Have you used the power of the mind-body connection to make wellness improvements? What have you found most helpful in making and sustaining wellness changes? Please share!
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