This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing.
I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below and I will answer them on a future Friday in this column.
I post to this blog three times per week. Monday posts are articles I’ve written. Wednesday posts are interviews—mostly video. Friday posts consist of your questions about living better with chronic health challenges, and my answers to them.
Someone recently asked me this question during one of my presentations:
Question: What do you mean when you say that we’re practicing all the time?
Answer: Literally every time we engage in a certain behavior, we reinforce the neural circuit for that behavior, making it more likely we’ll behave that same way in the future. This is equally true for healthy as well as unhealthy behaviors. One way to make use of this phenomenon is to view all behavior as practices. Learning to recognize and observe our behavior is a type of mindfulness practice. Labeling that behavior as a practice is also a mindfulness practice.
This website is offered as a free public service, supplying information that has been found helpful to certain people living with chronic health challenges. No treatment is offered on this website. The advice is general, and may or may not apply to your individual situation, and is not a substitute for psychotherapy or medical treatment.
What questions do you have about how to live better with chronic health challenges? Each Friday, I will answer your questions in Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.
Just scroll down and type your question in the comment box and you’ll see my response to you in an upcoming Friday post.