Video: Values-Based Activities – Why Try Yoga?

Yoga has a lot of different benefits for chronic pain and chronic illness and can be worth trying out. If you’re hesitant, I totally get it, I was for the longest time as well.

Keep making the most of it!

Video: What is Spoon Theory?

If you haven’t heard of Spoon theory, it’s definitely a great metaphor for chronic pain and illness. It can help you understand yourself better, and prepare to do helpful things like pacing. It can also serve as a great way to educate your friends and family on what it’s like to have a chronic illness or pain so that they can understand and support you better.

Keep making the most of it!

Video: Daily Mindfulness – Embracing Pain

Acceptance is hard. Embracing pain is hard. Especially for those of us who experience chronic pain. And yet, there is a lot of research that shows acceptance practices can help us manage pain much better. I have used many meditative (and non-meditative) acceptance practices on myself over the past several years and it has really helped me cope.

I hope this also helps you to keep making the most of it!

Video: Psychoeducation – Illness Grief

Illness grief is a type of disenfranchised grief that is common amongst those of us with chronic pain and illness. Loss of who we were before, what we could do, relationships, careers, etc. that are associated with pain and illness. Disenfranchised grief is grief that isn’t well understood by the larger population.

If you have questions please reach out.

Keep on making the most of it.

Video: Values-Based Living – Halloween Fun!

Enjoy Halloween but don’t have a lot of Spoons this year? That’s okay, because this week I’m taking us through how to have a fun Halloween regardless of how much energy you have (and of course, I’m also talking about pacing!). Hope this helps you to keep making the most of it!

Video: Daily Mindfulness – 5 Day Meditation Challenge

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Meditation has been shown to help a lot with physical health and mental health. It can help with pain, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more. It’s also difficult for most of us to get into a meditation habit. That’s why I created this 30 day challenge where we only practice for 5 minutes each day (and if you miss a day, that’s also okay). I’d love to hear how it goes for you and what you notice by the end. Full playlist here.

Just another way we can keep making the most of it!

Video: Cooking with Kels – Baking Substitutions for Physical & Mental Health

I love baking and cookies and rarely every do it. However, when I do I’ve found that it’s easier and easier for me to learn to modify recipes so that they more-or-less fit into the lifestyle changes I’ve made when it comes to food and nutrition (trying to be as anti-inflammatory as possible). While it does take some extra effort, I’ve found it’s worth it.

Here’s the recipe: https://thesoccermomblog.com/halloween-cookies/

Just another way we can keep on making the most of it!

Video: Daily Mindfulness – Compassion with Equanimity

Added from the work of Kristin Neff.

This practice is particularly good for anyone finding themselves in a caregiving role. This may be as a healthcare practitioner, doctor, nurse, or as someone taking care of an elderly parent, a partner or child who is chronically ill, or really any other caregiving role. Sometimes the best thing we can do is offer compassion to another, while also taking care of ourselves.

Keep making the most of it!

Video: Values-Based Activities – Gardening

Another values-based activity that can be done with low energy is gardening. I’ll admit I have never really been into gardening but after keeping my flower alive (and I mean, also bringing it back to life during the heat waves this summer), I’m inspired to have more of a garden going forward.

Let’s keep making the most of it!

Video: Passengers on a Bus (Dealing with Chronic Illness Thoughts)

Our difficult thoughts and feelings are like disgruntled passengers on a bus that we are driving. What do we do with those passengers? Is it working? What can we do instead?

Working with our thoughts is one way to keep making the most of it!