I often find myself giving so much to the people around me that I forget to give anything to myself. I use every ounce of my strength to please others and make sure I am always putting a smile on the face of others that I fail to do the same for myself. This then leads to an unhealthy cycle of me expecting others to give me as much as I give them and being disappointed when they don’t. When I say ‘give’ I am not talking about material things, I mean love and effort in my relationships. Continue reading
Doctors’ appointments can be very daunting and overwhelming when you’re chronically ill and especially if you are undiagnosed like myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and frustration of doctors’ appointments and have them be unproductive and unpleasant. To avoid this however, I have come up with a list of 10 ways to make doctors’ appointments more productive when you are chronically ill and undiagnosed. Continue reading
Music has always been there for me during some of the hardest times of my life. I have put together a ‘chronic playlist’ which features my favourite songs that get me through a bad day with chronic illness. Some of these songs are motivational and others are just relatable. As well as reading my playlist, you can also listen to it on YouTube here: Chronic Illness Playlist. Continue reading
Birthdays have always been a very exciting thing for me; whether it be my own or someone else’s, I’ve always loved them! This year when I was asked by my friends and family what I wanted for my birthday it made it really sink in just how different my life is with chronic illness. The things I would normally ask for seem pointless and unfitting now which has been my inspiration for this post! I’ve spent the last few weeks thinking of the perfect present ideas for others with chronic illnesses.
People are constantly telling you to ‘stay positive’ but no one ever tells you how it’s possible to think positively when you are going through a hard time. ‘Stay positive’ is kind of an empty piece of advice when you think about it. When I am going through a rough patch and someone tells me to ‘just be positive’ I kind of want to positively punch them in the face. However, I am a firm believer in ‘the power of positivity’ and I believe that everyone should at least give ‘being positive’ a chance. This post explains my most effective tricks to maintaining a positive attitude. Continue reading
I’ve always tried to make myself available and approachable to anyone who needed the extra support. Whether it be my friends going through a hard time, a stranger crying in a bathroom or someone posting a sad status on Facebook – I always offer genuine support and make it clear that I am happy to listen to them when they need to talk. Lately, I’ve noticed a huge change with my friends though, and I need to put a stop to it. Continue reading