Ingredient of the Week: Optimism

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I often tell people about the mind-body connection and the ways stress can wreak havoc on our health. Somehow, though, I manage to forget that applies to me too! The past few months, I feel like I’ve been posting so much about fighting something off—immune system this, immune system that—and there is definitely a connection.

I’ve been trying to find the right way to post about this for over a month now but it’s hard to know how much of your personal life to share on a blog. I know I’ve been alluding to big changes in my life recently but haven’t come totally clean.

In October, Chris and I decided to break up. It was a mutual decision and the transition has been very calm overall, but a change is still a big adjustment, no matter how bright the silver lining.

A little reminder to look up never hurts

We learn so much from the people in our lives, it’s hard for me to have regrets, but endings, though they make room for new beginnings, are undeniably stressful. For those of us who carry stress in our bodies, they can be physically challenging. The last few months have included fevers, lost fillings and fatigue, among other things.

So thank you, dear reader, for putting up with all my posts about “fighting something off.” I like to think that I’ve been winning. Go figure, once I finally made the association and acknowledged what I was up against, it started to get a lot easier, and I felt ten times healthier.

I also love my sister's tattoo and how good it is to keep that in mind!

I was talking to someone recently about turning 25 last year and feeling stuck and daunted by the changes I knew I would need to make in my life, but now I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday next week. I’m really proud of my 25th year—it’s been one of the most transformative so far, and I’m excited to see what 26 will bring.

11 thoughts on “Ingredient of the Week: Optimism

    Nancy Trim said:
    November 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Jess – It all really does keep getting better. Love, A. Noo

    Kelly said:
    November 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your breakup, lady! i completely agree with you though, that stress (especially relationship-related stress) can wreak havoc on the immune system. I know it’s easy for me to say, but it does get better with time! And you have a ton to look forward to in your 26th year 🙂

      Jess responded:
      November 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks so much. I have to admit, I actually feel better than I have in a long, long time, so I’ll take that as a good sign : )

    Lauren said:
    November 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Optimism is so important and sometimes take time to get to. Happy Birthday and I’m glad you shared this. Now it’s “out there” and you can be out there too.

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    MaryBeth said:
    November 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    My dear girl, sometimes we can help so many other people but we forget to put ourselves on the list for health, joy and wellbeing. Love you and only ever wish you the best. Glad you are putting yourself on your own list for caring, understanding and love.

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