Mental Health

Feel to Heal: The Relationship Between Grief, Emotion and Chronic Illness

Feel to Heal: The Relationship Between Grief, Emotion and Chronic Illness

The relationship between grief, emotion and chronic illness can be immediate and direct. Indeed, strong emotions can wreak havoc on autoimmune disorders and chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, where stress triggers a flare up in symptoms. Learning to ride these strong emotions instead of resisting them can help reduce the negative impact on your health.

How to Give Up Being Right & Reduce Stress

How to Give Up Being Right & Reduce Stress

Having to be right all the time is a horrendous burden. First, it is impossible to attain. And second, striving to make it so surprisingly harms your health. I suspect this tendency of mine served to set me up for the fibromyalgia I eventually developed. Thankfully I figured out how to give up on being right and reduce stress. Which…

Trade Fibro Shame for Acceptance and Better Quality of Life

Trade Fibro Shame for Acceptance and Better Quality of Life

Experience has taught me that trading fibro shame for acceptance leads to better quality of life. Is it a factor of my age? The length of time I’ve had fibro? Or is it that I’m in a better state of mental health than when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003? I don’t know. But today, I share the fact of…

4 Ways to Conquer Crazy All-or-Nothing Thinking

4 Ways to Conquer Crazy All-or-Nothing Thinking

All or nothing thinking is harmful in a number of ways. It limits a whole world of possibilities by trying to force everything into one of two polar extremes. It creates unattainable expectations, for example: if I’m not absolutely perfect at everything, I must be an abject failure. Or, when the unrealistic ideal of perfection can’t be realized, I take…

4 Ways My Fibromyalgia Led to an Eating Disorder

4 Ways My Fibromyalgia Led to an Eating Disorder

My predisposition to an eating disorder started early, in much the same way I believe my predisposition to fibromyalgia started early. I was 11 when I started my first diet. Grade five or six. I embarked on this diet with the full in-my-best-interest support from my mother, may she rest in peace, who was also always dieting. Ever since, until…

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