Analysis Paralysis of Autoimmune Management

Written by: Sarah Kolman RN, MA, CHPN, INHC

 In autoimmune disease, we often learn the hard way that the decisions we make—about what we put in our body, when to go to bed, which activities to participate in, you name it—have a direct impact on how we feel.   We can go years not giving a rip about any of these things, only to realize as we become aware of our disease that they’ve been playing a major role in how we feel. It’s a huge shift in perspective and it can be so empowering to know that we can make choices to make ourselves feel better.  I’ve noticed a common theme emerging among my clients, though, as a sort of “dark side” to this perspective shift:  they get caught up in analyzing every single choice they’ve made and how it makes them feel , worrying that it was “right” or “wrong.”  Read more  about how this can end up having a negative impact on quality of life, health, and even relationships.

In autoimmune disease, we often learn the hard way that the decisions we make—about what we put in our body, when to go to bed, which activities to participate in, you name it—have a direct impact on how we feel. 

We can go years not giving a rip about any of these things, only to realize as we become aware of our disease that they’ve been playing a major role in how we feel. It’s a huge shift in perspective and it can be so empowering to know that we can make choices to make ourselves feel better.

I’ve noticed a common theme emerging among my clients, though, as a sort of “dark side” to this perspective shift: they get caught up in analyzing every single choice they’ve made and how it makes them feel, worrying that it was “right” or “wrong.” Read more about how this can end up having a negative impact on quality of life, health, and even relationships.