Chronic Kidney Disease Patients' Attitude Determines Quality of Life

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You have probably heard the expression, "Your attitude determines your altitude ."   Well you, too, can experience this phenomenon, if you adopt a motivational lifestyle.  Beyond good diet and exercise, which is critical in managing your CKD, getting motivated is the key to controlling the condition.  Here are some ways to assist you in adapting to a more motivational mindset:

1.  Change your WOE to WOW - there is nothing more de-motivating than living in a world of WOE (can be an acronym for "what on earth").  The world of WOE consists of largely finding fault and blame.  WOE is a leech that sucks the spirit out of you.  It is the exact opposite of WOW(can mean "wonderfully obsessed with winning").  WOW Infuses every moment with excitement, and motivates you to fully embrace whatever you are doing or facing.

Although WOE is part of the human condition and you can't completely get rid of it.  You can choose to minimize the presence of WOE, and focus on WOW.  The trick is to become aware  of the presence of WOE and opt to replace it with WOW.  KidneyBuzz.com would recommend that you try it.  Keep a note book of how much time you spend in a WOE State versus a WOW state.  Then set a goal of maybe 15 minutes to focus on WOW at the beginning of your day.  Soon, it will become a habit which you would not have to think about.

2.  Get curious - many studies have shown that the more you flex your mind, the healthier your mind will be.  In addition to engaging in brain- cell building activities like puzzles, ask questions about how things work and why things are.  Nothing motivates like a good question.  For example, find an article each day on KidneyBuzz.com that you want to learn more about.  Find a topic once a week that you want to research through this online resource.  The more you learn, the more you will be motivated and interested in discovering new techniques to better manage your CKD.

3.  Invest in the moment - it is so easy to look back with regret and nostalgia that we forget the joy of what is happening in the present.  Also, the same can be said for time gazing into the future with apprehension or fear.  KidneyBuzz.com would like you to try an experiment:  every day, spend five (5) minutes focusing on the here and now, and give yourself permission to feel totally invested in whatever you are doing, whether it is work or recreation.  Be conscious that you are in the moment, and when you become comfortable with that notion, expand the time you spend in the here and now each day.

4.  Let go to take a higher perspective -   when  you were able (before CKD), you were probably in the mode of striving for more and more money, more status, more security, more attention - more anything and everything! Now, that pressure has probably started to diminish.  But if you are like most of us, you are still likely to be clinging to the notion that you are in some kind of race that you must win.  KidneyBuzz.com suggests that you let it go!  When you stop competing against others,  you will be motivated to appreciate those things that really matter, and that you probably already have.

5.  Do things that put you in a good mood - good moods do not just happen.  They come about by doing things that make us feel happy, things we enjoy.  Before CKD, it was easy to feel good because we were not shy about letting our hair down and  having a good time.  You can recapture that habit now.  KidneyBuzz.com recommends incorporating at least one event into your daily routine that puts you in a good mood, whether it is taking a walk, completing a puzzle, or pulling out a deck of cards to play with friends.

When you are feeling good, you will likely be motivated to try new things; and you can almost see yourself pre-CKD.  Be aware that a motivational lifestyle does not come overnight.  However, the more receptive you are to it, the more you will enjoy waking up every morning, having flipped another page of living with CKD.

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