The importance of self-care when you live with chronic illness

When you live with chronic ill-health self-care can look very different to what’s often recommended – going for a walk or socialising with friends may not be possible. But self-care is even more important for us. What happens when you don’t have the energy to give back to yourself? How do you practice self-care when Read the full article…

You are so much more beautiful and complex than a number on a scale

“In a society that profits from self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act” ~ Caroline Caldwell I have been bombarded by weight loss and fitness adverts on social media the past couple of weeks, and as someone with a history of disordered eating and body dysmorphia, I have found them particularly triggering – It’s Read the full article…

A Journey Through 2019 – My Top 20 Blog Posts

2019 has been a challenging year, but also one filled with hope. Rather than write a post looking back at the last 12 months, I would like to end 2019 with a round up of some of the most popular posts I have published this year. My blog is like my diary, so it seems Read the full article…

The Benefits of Mindfulness in a Chaotic World

“Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.”  In my post Learning how to dance in the rain I touched upon the importance of embracing our lives despite chronic illness. I briefly discussed how mindfulness has allowed me to focus on the now, rather than ruminating over past mistakes or obsessing over future Read the full article…

Have you been a victim of medical gaslighting?

Trigger warning; the examples of medical gaslighting highlighted in this post may be distressing to some. There is growing awareness around the prevalence of medical gaslighting, especially amongst female patients. Last week tens of thousands of people took to Twitter to share their horror stories of neglect from medical professionals under the hashtag #PatientsAreNotFaking, following Read the full article…