Dear Jen- Perseverance- Pep Talk Needed

Dear Jen, I know what you're thinking. Well, of course I do because I'm you. You're thinking that life is too hard, that the pain is too much and that you feel beaten down by this flare. You're running out of steam, out of motivation and out of  - for lack of a better work "zest". We've been here many times before. And we give in to those feelings. We [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:06:19+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

50 Ways to Take a Break

Everyone needs a break, I know I need many throughout the day, and this graphic is so great! Here are a few of my favourites pictured: Colour with crayons Read or watch something funny. (Thank God for Big Bang Theory) Take a bath Light a candle (or many candles, just don't leave them unattended) Call a friend. -thank you Rebecca, Alan, Adrienne and Hilary Find a relaxing scent. For me [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:16:56+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Dear Future Jen -to exercise or not to exercise

Dear Future Jen, Exercise is something I really struggle with. Not only is it painful, but I'm so afraid of hurting myself and making the pain worse. The fear is paralyzing. People have suggested and continue to suggest all types of exercise to me. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Water Aerobics to name a few but none of them appeal to me and frankly they all scare the shit out of me. [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:53:12+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Resolution or Revolution?

Happy New Year! The new year often marks a time when people reflect about the previous year and start thinking about what they might want to accomplish in the next. At least its always been that way for me. I can't say that I've been the best at creating resolutions and sticking to them, in fact I usually fail miserably. So this year, I decided not to set any resolutions [...]

By | 2017-06-21T15:21:00+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

HAWMC # 3- Favourite Quote

Wego Health is hosting a health activist writer’s challenge this month and I’ve decided to participate. Each day of the month in November, we are given a topic to write about. 30 posts in 30 days?!?!?-we’ll see if I’m up to the challenge. Today’s Topic- Quotation Inspiration. Find a quote that inspires you. I have this quote hanging on the wall in my home. I needed it there to remind [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:20:53+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Monthly Recap|0 Comments

A Case of the Wishes

I've come down with a case of the "wishes". It doesn't involve a fever or the flu but it is that feeling that overcomes you when you want your life to be different and you spend time wishing for what it could be.  Like these ones that came over me today: I wish I wasn't in pain I wish I wasn't anxious all the time I wish I was there was [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:49:54+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|Self-care|0 Comments

Pain Exhibit-A Chronic Pain Gallery

I stumbled across the Pain Exhibit website one day while doing a search for organizations that help those with chronic pain. The Pain Exhibit "is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:49:39+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Crisis Line-Here 24/7

Have you every called a crisis line? I have. In fact, I often call at least once a week. Here 24/7 is a crisis line and a "front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo – Wellington – Dufferin." You can call whether you need to talk to someone or if you need a referral to other mental health services across the [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:57:53+00:00 October 4th, 2016|PTSD, Self-care|0 Comments

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

I remember when I first came across The Heart and the Bottle. I was in a bookstore looking for a few new picture books. I've been a fan of Oliver Jeffers for years; his writing style and the way he illustrates has always spoken to me. However, this book spoke to me on a whole new level. The story revolves around a little girl, who after an overwhelming loss decides to [...]

By | 2017-06-22T22:10:24+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Reviews|0 Comments

My Bag of Tricks: Self-Care Must Haves

One of the many things I learned while at the hospital was the importance of self-care. We were encouraged from the very beginning of our stay to establish a self- care routine. But what is self-care? When I'm overcome with anxiety I  use something called grounding techniques. These are ways that I bring myself back into the moment so that I can find calm again. Grounding is a big part [...]

By | 2017-06-23T00:12:44+00:00 September 11th, 2016|PTSD, Self-care|1 Comment