Your Health: Willpower Versus Wishful Thinking

If given directions and a plan that resulted in a high level of success what outcome might you experience?  Consumers rely on physicians and pharmaceutical companies to improve health.  Humans want and demand choice in all aspects of life yet plea to the effects of outside conditions when health fails.   The act of caregiving arises from a need for care based on a foundation of poor or declining health of a loved one, yet research proves caregivers’ health fails as the result of the act of caregiving.  If individuals acknowledged that actions today result in care needs of the future how might this affect the aspect of willpower versus wishful thinking in the area of health?

Modern medicine treats and minimizes “symptoms” not the root cause of disease.  Does illness have the opportunity to provide insight into life regarding aspects that require change?  Is it possible to heal illness by recognizing and changing aspects in life that pose health risks?  Perspectives posed by German physician Rudiger Dahlke, holistic experts Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra and energy healers Barbara Brennan and Donna Eden teach that the body can heal itself.

The idea of self -healing poses the conflict between will and desire. If permanently giving up sugar, white flour, processed and fried foods, alcohol, vinegar and tomatoes would result in remission of cancer and eventual cure, how many would follow this diet for a lifetime?  If meditating twenty minutes twice a day resulted in lowered blood pressure, improved sleep and less stress how many would follow this daily regimen?  Self-healing results from the actions of individuals willing to examine aspects of life and to make difficult changes.

When a health diagnosis interrupts your life will you give into relying and hoping that modern medicine will provide a cure?  Will you take matters into your own hands and make necessary changes placing willpower ahead of desire rather than hoping for an easy fix? The act of caregiving poses similar questions?  Will you allow a less than ideal caregiving situation to continue?  Will you take action to find balance to ensure that caregiving does not negatively affect your health and wellbeing?

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG, owner of The Care Navigator.  Pamela may be reached at 303-205-7877 or by email at