Tag Archives: Change

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

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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How to Get a New Life – Chapter 6 “Finding Confidence”

My tips on how to get a new life – finding confidence through quietening.

Something happens when you slow down, switch off and get quiet. Real confidence.

Being a go getter for much of my life, my confidence came from achieving, doing more, being recognized for my contribution and ‘a job well done’.

I became addicted to it.

Climbing the ladder, getting more money and achieving that recognition was synonymous with how I felt about myself.

It felt good. That pay rise, that promotion, that deadline achieved.    The more I did the better it felt.

Or so I thought.

Continue reading How to Get a New Life – Chapter 6 “Finding Confidence”

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 4 “Living Life Like It’s a Race”

How to find more balance in your life – “How to Stop Living Life Like it’s a Race”

A deeply ingrained habit is to go fast — but let’s take a moment to slow things down.

Ever since I can remember, Mum encouraged me to be independent and to get a good education. I’ve also had the role model of a father from a family of go getters, always achieving, always coming up with new ideas and incessant thinkers. Add to that being brought up in a fast world and out comes a very driven and constantly achieving young woman living life like it’s a race.

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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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How to Get a New Life – Chapter 4 “Me, New, Who?”

My tips on finding how to get a new life – for those of us who don’t know who we are any more this is for you…!

So you’ve worked out that something needs to change.

Or perhaps change has been foisted on you and it’s something you have no choice in.

You need to slow down or do something different and create a new you but you’re not sure what it means or how you can even make it happen.

Continue reading How to Get a New Life – Chapter 4 “Me, New, Who?”

How to Get a New Life – Chapter 3 “Discover Some New Dreams”

“How to Stop and Discover Some New Dreams”

One of the best things by far that has come out of my enforced simpler existence has been to re-experience stuff.

Stuff I had forgotten about or stuff I’ve discovered that’s completely new.

Finding out I had a chronic illness has meant a complete rewrite of me and the discovery of some new dreams.  Continue reading How to Get a New Life – Chapter 3 “Discover Some New Dreams”

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 2 “Breakfast Events are History”

How to find balance in life – “Why Breakfast Events are History”

I am a mother.  I am a wife.  I am a freelance consultant.  I am actually quite a lot of bloody stuff. Now with a health doo dah thrown in.

As I continue to understand this thing I have, I continue to make strides (in a somewhat haphazard way) to battle against the old expectations of myself and to carve out the new me.  Whatever that is.  This week was another one of those weeks where I continued to make progress in rewriting my book of life…specifically my work life.

It was another one of those ‘old expectations’ weeks.  The ‘old chestnut’ that pops up a lot. Continue reading Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 2 “Breakfast Events are History”