Tag Archives: Stress

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

What is the Impact of Living on Too Much Adrenaline?

Are you running around on adrenaline, much like ‘roadrunner’ just running non stop?  Living on too much adrenaline?

Following my own rather large run in with adrenaline and the diagnosis of having dysautonomia and being hyperadrenergic (a-dren-err-gic – I still have problems saying it) I’ve become somewhat interested in the role it plays on the body and thought I would share some of what I know.  So here goes…. Continue reading What is the Impact of Living on Too Much Adrenaline?

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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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.

Continue reading Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 8 “How Not to Sweat the Small Stuff”

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 12 “How to Manage Panic Attacks”

One of the symptoms of living with dysautonomia is so-called panic attacks.  Here’s “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 Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 12 “How to Manage Panic Attacks”

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.

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

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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