Self Autonomy and Health

Many times we find that “health” seems distant. Everything from severe influenza, to a sudden severe diagnosis, to unanticipated surgery can cause not only limitation of the physical body, but a brooding doubt in the mind that recovery is a distant hope, or worse, hopeless. There are many possibilities, but at some points in life, they are difficult if not impossible to see.
It’s within the purview of the profession nurse coach to listen to the story of what this illness means to the person, to examine the possibilities, and create a conversation wherein the patient or client can envision the possibility of recovery and even new insights and possibilities. Based on the science of neuroplasticity, we know that belief and ideas of a better future can create new connections that can self-limiting beliefs to new possibilities. Possibilities that are achievable and real. When a patient / client has that rekindling of belief and new meanings of an illness and recovery, a sense of control and self-determine might be found.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Practicing nursing based in the sciences of neuroplasticity and grounded in the shared conversation can uncover new insights and beliefs. In today’s world of chronic diseases and shortening life spans, new ways of thought are a basis for increased well-being and health outcomes.

©Three Moons Medicine®
Elizabeth Bennett

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