Channeling the internal locus of control is one of the most important factors for fighting stress. Stress is one of the major components that fibromyalgia patients must battle on a day to day basis. It wrecks havoc on the body, and adds to the mental fatigue and depression that fibromyalgia often causes.
So, what is the internal locus of control, and how does one develop it?
The internal locus of control means taking charge from the inside of how you respond to stressful situations. To take charge of yours, realize the following:
- You can make a choice, even if the choices aren’t the greatest. If there is no choice you like, choose another attitude. It will help you get through the rest.
- Brainstorm ideas and solutions, either solo or with friends. This will allow you to prepare for the future, whatever it may be. Don’t censor these revelations; just let them flow. One day, they may come back to you at an important moment.
- Stop speaking in negatives and absolutes. Neither allows for a change in attitude. Also, realize it’s ok not to like something. Being negative and not liking something are completely different. Positive people aren’t afraid to say “no.”
The internal locus of control will help life unfold more smoothly, and fibromyalgia pass more peacefully.
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