Last week, my patient with chronic illnesses with multitude of behaviour risk factors came to me in great distress. I listened to her at great length and this is how I engaged her.
I asked her if she would confirm my impression that she is in great distress and extremely unhappy with her lot in life. She said yes.
I then asked her if her sufferings is sufficient for her to consider my perspective.
She said yes.
I then asked her if she would be willing to refrain from saying “I can’t” until she has given some consideration of the hardship of her present experience. She also agreed.
I then shared the rules I live and die by with her.
1. Breath fully with chest out and abdominal muscles engaged.
2. Drink 2-4 liters of water per day.
3. Eat 400 grams of non-starchy vegetables per day.
4. Mindful of above 3 things being all I need and say yes with curiosity to the gift of each and every moment.
She agree to start coming to the “Getting Unstuck” group next week.
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