I heard a true story a couple of years ago about a man and his son who had inhaled dry pool chemicals when servicing their pool. The chemicals damaged their lungs and they spent months in rehabilitation trying to recover from this disaster.
So…. Yesterday I was living* for a swim and spent the entire day looking forward to it only to find that when I finally had the opportunity there were piles of chemicals on the steps. So being a person who tends to look for solutions I asked some advice and then went to scoop the chemicals into a bucket of water for later use.
While scooping the chemicals up I had a fleeting thought that maybe standing in a cloud of chemicals was probably not that healthy and then I smelled some chlorine fumes off the top of the water. Of course having suddenly remembered the story of the man and his son I immediately started to worry that I had damaged myself.
My mind started working overtime and I created an “instant disease”. I started coughing intermittently and I even felt a bit tender in my lungs when I breathed.
This is the power of the mind!
Fear can bring on symptoms even when there’s nothing wrong! It reminds me of one of my favourite sayings: What we focus on expands. The more we think of something the bigger it gets.
So how did I change my mind?
I checked in with myself to see if I had really been injured and tried to think about it logically. All I had smelled was the chlorine that was in the water but because I was standing so close it smelled quite strong. Then I asked my most logical friend (my husband) for his take on it – I can actually laugh now thinking of the look on his face – he assured me I hadn’t done anything to endanger myself. After that I did the most important thing which is to make a choice to believe that I am safe. Once I did that and repeated the words to myself a few times, I went on to do something else and forgot about my “symptoms” which of course disappeared.
I am so in awe of the power of the mind and how it can take us either way depending on what we choose.
By the way I decided not to swim until the chemicals had dissipated so I had a cool shower instead. I could have just done that in the first place but then maybe I wouldn’t have had anything to write about 😉
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
*I always say I’m living for something instead of dying for something because quite honestly I wouldn’t want to die for a swim 😉