• Chronic Voice Llinkups

    Words are the nourishment to the soul:Reflecting on difficult thoughts

    I’m excited to be back for the linkup this July, it feels like the first half of the year has flown by. I am one for looking back and seeing what I have achieved this first six months, I’m my own worst inner critic though and I’ve been demanding a lot of myself this first half of the year which fits well with the first word for this linkup, Lets get into my reflections, Demanding Demanding was the first word that struck me, mainly because of my nature as a person. I am always on fast forward, the time is flying by and before I know it I will be…

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    Showing Kindness for Mental health Awareness

    BE KIND, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about~unknown The theme surrounding this year’s mental health awareness week is kindness, so this year I’d like to encourage a sense of kindness to those suffering from mental health conditions. Below are some tips to share with others about helping those with small acts of kindness. Even after years of battling my mental health I’ve fallen into not so helpful words category, I’m always one for wanting to help and give advice, but just because something works for me, does not mean it will help them and sometimes the worse things to say, are ‘this helped me,…

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    Functional neurological disorder

    . Why open up discussions about functional disorders? After a while of pondering over to even post about my condition, I realized I’m here to help others suffering from long term health conditions whether that be physical or mental health. My journey is the reason I’m blogging today, it’s the reason I’ve learned from mistakes, taken action over my condition, and grown into a more self-aware individual. It is the basis for the knowledge I’ve gained about living with chronic illness. I will admit my nerves around discussing functional disorders, as I’m sure a lot of people are aware there is a stigma attached and a lot of us feel…

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    World IBD Day

    May the 19th is world IBD day for more than 10 million people worldwide. Today I’m doing a joint post with my boyfriend Adam giving his first-hand experience what it is like to live with IBD. Today is about gaining awareness and considering stepping into someone’s shoes, with my review on the 24 hours with Crohn’s app. Read more about a real life story with Adams story below.  Our Journey Together Firstly I would like to introduce my boyfriend Adam, we met online and the first thing that we connected about was living with a chronic illness. I knew I wanted to get to know him more as we shared…

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    A mindful soothing cuppa

    I really enjoyed doing the April linkup it’s a good time to reflect on my thoughts for the month, unlike last month I did my post towards the end of the month. This month I reflect more on hope for the future but also finding bliss in the moment. Foreseeing In the last few days, I’ve been dreaming and foreseeing a brighter and exciting future. Currently, the future looks promising, I foresee the start of my teaching program in September and foreseeing the confidence and skills that I will train for in a subject I’m passionate about.I remind myself to be patient along the way, as ever this isnt a…

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    Reflecting on April

    Reflecting on life in April This is my first post for the chronic voice linkup being new to the world of blogging. I’m so excited to write my first linkup that is more focused on my journey. This linkup comes at a time when a lot of us are struggling with isolation, worry, and fear. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few weeks in quiet reflection. I believe there is a lot to learn from sitting in mediation and spending time reflecting. Returning This month I find myself returning to my body more than ever, being on the breathwork mindfulness for health course could not have come…

  • Breathworks Mindfulness

    Mindfulness for anxiety in worrying times

    For those struggling with long term illness and mental health conditions, its normal to feel scared, worried and anxious during these times. The things that keep us stable and balanced such as routines and social interactions have been halted. More than ever its time to look after our mental health and feel balanced in a difficult time. Throughout this period, I’ve drawn on my own experiences of mindfulness and self-help for coping with mental illness. I recently accessed the free Breathworks course for troubling times, a self-help tool to help us get through times of worry, panic, fear and coping strategies to help with being isolated. The course is self-paced…

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    Breathworks Health Course Review

    Overview Week 1 This weeks focus was on the breathing body using body scans to get a sense of the breath moving in the body. I’ve known of both primary and secondary experiences of pain after reading vidayamalas book. Being aware of these allows us to gently begin to separate our pain from the emotions and thoughts that follow. If we think of primary suffering being the physical pain/discomfort and secondary is the thoughts and feelings that come after the pain, during meditation we can notice our responses. In my case often there is a strong sense of failure and frustration, just noticing this is a step forward to lessening…

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    Breathworks Mindfulness for health

    During my journey through mindfulness, I was lucky to come across a teacher who very kindly sent me a book by vidyamala Burch, living well with pain and illness. I recently signed up this year for the breath works mindfulness for health course to which the book is based on. For those new to the term mindfulness, vidyamala Burch describes it in a way that relates to those in chronic pain, ‘live in the moment, notice what is happening and make choices in how you respond to your experience rather than being driven by habitual reactions”. Source by Vidyamala Burch  More Information Can Be found Here Above in the link…

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    Being enough as you are

    As we drift into February I find my usual thoughts slipping in of not ‘being enough’ and feel like I’m not doing enough for my vision this year. So as ever I come back to something I’ve always struggled with, never being enough. Years of always being behind and trying to keep up have played a role. On my journey, I’m trying to develop a stronger sense of acceptance. I’m finding more happiness now by looking to the future with open eyes, trying my best to allow life to ebb and flow. After all, we want is to be free from feelings of never being enough. It isn’t about just…