Welcome to The Daily Manic!
A website for people with chronic health conditions looking to live life better or for anyone needing to escape the rat race and slow down.
My name is Jayne and in 2015, at age 44, I was diagnosed with a complex health condition. Prior to that I had a very busy career in the corporate world as a change coach and advisor. A little ironic that I was about to go through a pretty significant change myself!
I established this website to journal my own steps in understanding my health condition and in making significant lifestyle change. Having ‘come out the other end’, I am now putting those change skills to good use and helping others do the same! I still work in a reduced capacity as a business change consultant (you can find my business The Change Place here). But I’m now doing a lot more for individuals seeking life change. I manage a Freedom to Choose Group on Facebook and I also offer my Freedom to Choose online coaching course aimed at improving your health and life.
My Chronic Doo Dah
My particular life impacting issues result in hypotension and surges of adrenaline being pumped out under certain trigger conditions (giving me hypertension, tachycardia, anxiety-like symptoms, tremors, then headaches and fatigue).
The trigger conditions that provoke my dysfunctional nervous system include exposure to heat, being upright too long, exercising, talking, laughing, startling, being too busy/stressed, watching an action movie (? yep) – so pretty much ‘life’ – all acting like a multiplier effect. My body lives through a roller coaster of adrenaline and blood pressure related issues every day.
A New Me… A New You
My health condition caused me to immediately rethink my life. However, my body dictated a change my mind wasn’t immediately ready for. Making this transition after years of doing the opposite was, and still is, extremely challenging.
Things have settled a good deal from where they were, and I manage a lot of my symptoms with medication and modifications to time spent standing and exerting myself. However, I still have issues everyday with adrenaline impacts and the compulsion to busy myself.
The life that I work on everyday is about balance and ensuring my health is top of mind.
I’m hoping this website helps those of you who need to do life differently, ‘do it different’, with the added bonus that it’s from someone who really gets it.
It’s aimed at helping you take steps to live your life in a way that is more respectful of what your body needs.
Why I write
Writing for me is ultimately about providing help and inspiration for others to make change. It is also the best way nowadays for me to fully express myself and I find it quite cathartic – helping me keep true to the balance I need in my life. So what you’ll see from me is not all about the gloss of change, there are some honest and open ‘bumps along the way’ in here too.
As well as writing here, you’ll also find me in Thrive Global’s Journal, Arianna Huffington’s site aimed at ending the epidemic of stress and burnout. With over 20 years working flat out in a change management career, I figured I had something worth sharing on the matter!
Everything I write is all in the spirit of slowing down, with a little bit of a laugh at myself and the ridiculousness of life chucked in too.
To navigate around this site the following may be helpful: “My Chronic Doo Dah” shares my experiences with my health condition. You can read my introduction post here and a bit more about my health condition here. “A New You” hopefully gives inspiration to those of you seeking to simplify your lives in some way. My “Living Well Series” features posts on others with chronic illness and how they live the best they can. Finally, “The Hare and The Tortoise” shares stories about slowing down this fast life of ours.
Thanks for joining me and here’s to some better living!
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