All jokes aside, my symptoms are increased pain, increased fatigue, really bad jaw pain, my left foot is super veiny and sore (my calf is fine though so unlikely anything super serious). How the heck can I manage all of this?
In this practice we gently get into our bodies while using our breath as an anchor. (This is especially beneficial for people with chronic pain).
I love body scans. I find them a great way to get into my body, sometimes helping me relax, but more often helping me with pain management. I do remember the first time I did one though. The thought I had, “this sounds terrifying! Why would I want to move towards the pain that I’m already experiencing?!”
Can you make room for your experience with pain, sadness or anxiety?
The good thing is, that even people with chronic illness can develop resilience. Warning: it does require work on your part. Luckily, some of the work may not feel like work at all… it just requires consistent commitment to it.
Our hero is on an adventure in some kind of jungle and they (or someone in their party of merry men and women) falls into what turns out to be quicksand. And they struggle and struggle and sink faster and faster. Usually in the movies the hero saves the day. Struggling in quicksand is a lot like what we do with our pain – both physical and emotional. We fight against it, struggling more and more, sinking deeper and deeper. But do you know how to actually get out of quicksand in real life?
Self-esteem and disability in chronic illness are closely related, so by improving our self-esteem, does that mean we have less disability from our illness? That’s what we’re exploring in this week’s blog post.
When I was first diagnosed with a chronic illness, my mental health started to suffer. I actually tried to hide
This week we’re going to do a loving kindness mediation. I’ve done one of these on the podcast as well,
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our