Tag Archives: Balance

Stories about balance for those with a chronic health condition or anyone else needing to slow down

How to Manage Change when the Future is Unknown

Change isn’t easy, especially when it’s foisted on you and the future is unknown – Here’s “How to Manage Change when the Future is Unknown”

I have written the following post in collaboration with Sam Moss of My Medical Musings and I have referenced some of the posts that Sam has written there.  It makes for powerful reading in terms of what you can do to better manage your personal circumstances when you find yourself in a place of despair.  Her learnings will also help anyone undergoing change when that change is occurring through choice.

Here’s some of her story.

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Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 9 “How to Work Differently”

Are you tired of working in a place where you feel your best is not good enough?

Do you dread going into work every day because the environment leaves you feeling sick? Are you in a job you hate? Are you feeling totally burnt out like you’ve been left on the career grill plate too long?

A friend of mine found herself in one of these unfortunate positions, she chose to resign and is now contemplating life. She’s not alone. In fact, finding yourself in this predicament is unfortunately very common place.

So it was with some fervor that I summarized this particular conversation with my friend. The dilemma we mused was how to work differently, to bring in enough (money), doing that thing you love without flogging yourself at the same time.

So, let’s get started..

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How to Work with Chronic Illness

“How I Found a Way to Work Despite Chronic Illness”

To look at me is to look at anyone else.

I look like a typical 40 something with the confidence you would expect of someone who has been in her profession for 25 years. If you are talking with me, you would likely also make the assumption that I hold down a full time job. Like everyone else who looks and sounds a bit like me.

Except, I can’t.

To look at me is to look at anyone else. Or is it? Click To Tweet

I share my life with a chronic illness.

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Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 13 “My Top 10 Countdown”

“My top 10 countdown for living with dysautonomia and EDS”

It’s been a few years since things went awry with this body of mine.  I’ve now got myself to a much better place but it’s taken some effort to work out what’s worked and what hasn’t. So, I thought it was time I took stock and wrote part II of my Goldilocks ‘just right’ plan in the form of my own top 10 countdown for living with dysautonomia and EDS!

So here are the “hits” for your enjoyment…

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Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 7 “5 Ways to Manage your Stress Response”

How to bring balance in your life – a little know-how on how the brain works and “5 Ways to Manage your Stress Response”

Pausing the brain’s natural 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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Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 6 “Are you Running your Life?”

Struggling to cope with finding balance in your life?  Here are some of my musings entitled “Are you running your life?”

How much of your day runs like a to-do list rather than one of pure enjoyment and fulfilment?

One day, 18 months ago, as I sat by a riverbank, I contemplated my health issues, my life and what my next steps were going to be.

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How to Get a New life – Chapter 5 “Achieving the Simple Life”

My tips on how to get a new life – this one’s called “My Wobbly Quest to Achieving the Simple Life”.

I am on a quest for a simple life.  A life that my body can handle.  A life that I feel relaxed and calm in and can experience some silence in.  A life that I can be myself in.  Whoever that is.

But today, I don’t feel like I’m doing very well at it.

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