Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 2/2)

In a previous post I looked at the philosophy of the slow living movement and what I think it can offer the chronic illness world…or more specifically what chronic illness warriors could offer the slow living movement. As far as I am concerned, many of us are slow living champions, and the rest of theContinue reading “Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 2/2)”

Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 1/2)

In an earlier post, I wrote about some concerns I have with the world of self-care, and how I have been learning about a philosophy and approach to life that hopefully does away with that term altogether – slow living. Since writing that post, I have been reading more about the slow living movement andContinue reading “Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 1/2)”

Gratitude and Chronic Illness – August 2020

I have had an interesting month, characterised by a few ups and downs (mostly ups). The month started really strong and I have been feeling great, as my previous posts have detailed. The second half of this month has been a little wobbly, BUT, I am not concerned. In fact, I was far less frustratedContinue reading “Gratitude and Chronic Illness – August 2020”

How I Learned that Too Much Positive Thinking can be Harmful for my Chronic Illness

The need to think positive is emphasised in a lot of chronic illness articles, blogs and resources. The field of psychology has dedicated decades of research to the importance of positive thinking and what it can offer our well-being. While I agree that positive thinking has a vital role to play in living well withContinue reading “How I Learned that Too Much Positive Thinking can be Harmful for my Chronic Illness”

My Problem with Self-Care for Chronic Illness

Self-care is a major topic in the chronic illness/autoimmune world, and so it should be. The need to look after yourself, reduce unnecessary stress, and ensure you take time to pace and do activities you enjoy, is even more crucial when struggling with chronic illness. Often I have very little choice when it comes toContinue reading “My Problem with Self-Care for Chronic Illness”

How Blogging has Helped me to Fall in Love with My Chronically Ill Body

Well there is a title for a post I never expected to write! I started this blog only 1 month ago (yes, I know, I said I have a lot of catching up to do), because I yearned for a new adventure. Here I am, only 1 month into the journey and I am declaringContinue reading “How Blogging has Helped me to Fall in Love with My Chronically Ill Body”

Will my Chronic Pain Ever Go Away?

After my diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, I spent a lot of time with various health professionals, such as my rheumatologist, physiotherapist, general practitioner, a health coach and eventually a counsellor. I asked each of them, “Will my pain ever go away?” It is a question that many chronic illness sufferers ponder, even obsess over, whichContinue reading “Will my Chronic Pain Ever Go Away?”

Monthly Gratitude & Chronic Illness – July 2020

I have decided that at the end of each month, I am going to summarise 3 things that I am especially grateful about, so that I stop and really take notice of the good things in my life, no matter how small it may seem. Number 3 – My bed It is the most comfortableContinue reading “Monthly Gratitude & Chronic Illness – July 2020”

The Actions that Helped me to Lose Weight and Better Manage my Chronic Condition

In a series of previous posts, I wrote about how I used 4 questions to prioritise and achieve health goals, in light of my chronic condition, ankylosing spondylitis. As a result of that journey, I made a number of behavioural and lifestyle changes that helped me to lose weight, in order to ease my chronicContinue reading “The Actions that Helped me to Lose Weight and Better Manage my Chronic Condition”

Why I no Longer Fight or Battle my Anxiety: Living Healthy and Well

In this post, I am going to share some new personal insights that I have developed about anxiety, after my last major episode. I respect why people frame their own experience with anxiety as a fight or battle, and I certainly do not intend to dismiss or undermine that approach. I am a big believerContinue reading “Why I no Longer Fight or Battle my Anxiety: Living Healthy and Well”