Tag Archives: Pacing

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

How to Get a New Life – Chapter 10 “My 3 Big Things”

A little round up of my tips on how to get a new life that I’m calling “My 3 Big Things to Finding Freedom in Life”

Ever since getting sick, I’ve somehow managed to continue pursuing my passions and I’ve found unexpected freedom as a result.

So, I thought I would share the 3 big things I’ve done that have led me to finding freedom in my life.

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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 8 “How Not to Sweat the Small Stuff”

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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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 5 “8 Ways to Live with Mindfulness”

Need more balance in your life?  Here’s 8 ways to live with more 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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