Tag Archives: Stress

Stories about the impact of stress for those with dysautonomia, a chronic health condition or anyone else taking life too fast

Shawn Bethea: Living well with chronic illness

Please welcome Shawn Bethea to the Living Well series!

Shawn suffers from Ulcerative Colitis and has lived with it for pretty much all her young life (she first started getting sick when she was around 11 years old).

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How to manage panic attacks without panicking!

40% of people deal with panic attacks at some point in their life and often in silence.

I think it’s time we lifted the lid and talked about how to manage panic attacks, what they feel like and what can cause them. Continue reading How to manage panic attacks without panicking!

Linda: Living well with chronic illness

My last post in this new series about living well with chronic illness was about Brittany and her love of coffee. This week I would like to introduce Linda, another chronic illness blogger, who lives in a most beautiful part of the world and gets to work with my favourite sweet treat – chocolate!

Life with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

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5 ways to reduce your stress response

Pausing the brain’s pathways can reduce your stress.

What do you notice about your responses when you are stressed?

How much are they tinged with emotion vs rational commentary?

Notice how you might be short with people, impatient, blunt, perhaps angry?

We are built that way.

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8 ways to live with mindfulness

Listening to your body and making conscious lifestyle choices will lead you to a calmer existence.

Most of you know the merits of meditation and mindfulness. Enabling quiet pause, reflection and steadiness in the here and now. Allowing worrying thoughts to pass you on by in those precious moments. But what if you could somehow adopt these practices for more than the 10–20 mins you perhaps do it each day? What if you could do it more continuously? What might that look like?

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How I got sick and got a life

Finding a better life through chronic illness. Say what?  Can those two things coexist?  For me, they do.

It’s been two years since my wheels came off quite spectacularly.  It’s been two years of major body and life discovery.  Not only about this health doo dah and what it now means for my life but also how, unbeknowns to me, this health condition had been working its magic in the background prepping me for my big fall.

It had been there all along waiting for its special moment to shine.

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How to not sweat the small stuff

The secret is creating space in your life.

How often do you hear the phrase ‘don’t sweat the small stuff”? Most heard at a point where you are doing exactly that. And, why? Because all perspective has simply gone flying out the window. You’re juggling too much. You’re in overwhelm. You don’t know which bit to jump on and tackle next.

Small stuff all of a sudden got big.

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