Dry Eye and Stress
How do we Continue Living Life Emotionally and Mentally While Dealing with Stress?
I think this is just a basic, in general, life question. No matter what, everybody is dealing with something in their life. In my opinion, How you deal with issues can determine how you live your life.
One of my favorite things to do, that has really helped me out a lot with different struggles that I’ve had in my life, is to keep a gratitude journal. We’ve talked a little bit about this on our community before. Basically, every single night, I write down three things that I’m grateful for. For example, what was awesome about today? Whether it was just my coffee in the morning, or the fact that it was sunny outside, or that I'm doing Facebook LIVE with Travis... whatever it is, write those things down. Put it in a notebook by your bed. It helps you to focus on the good things in life. A lot of the time we tend to focus on everything that’s bad and everything that is going wrong. That can just start a snowball effect of, "Oh my gosh, my life is awful", and it just keeps snow balling down from there. The more you can practice gratitude, absolutely the better off you are going to be!
I know it is not a cure for your dry eye, but it is definitely a way to ensure that you are a happy person overall. Spend some time away from social media, too. I don’t spend much time on Facebook. The only thing I really do on Facebook is just respond to this community. I know I get some messages here and there and people try to get a hold of me. I’m not ignoring you. I don’t do much with Facebook other than with this community. I do what brings value in this world and I focus on creating value versus what is wrong with our lives.
We may look like we have a great life, but we have trouble too. We publicly spoke about how we had trouble with fertility for three years and that was very tough, but we are pregnant now. We are very grateful for that happening, but we were told that there was nothing we could really do except for IVF and we refused to have that as an option, so we explore Eastern medicine, herbals, acupuncture, diet changes, prayer, meditation, gratefulness, gratitude journals, and you know... it worked. Just keep hope and stay happy. Just try and remember, what you focus on expands.
Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler
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