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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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”

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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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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How to Get a New Life – Chapter 7 “How I Got a Life”

How to get a new life when you have a chronic illness. Say what?  Can those two things coexist?  For me, they do.  Here’s “How I Got Sick and Got a Life”….

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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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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