Ways to calm your fight or flight response

First two posts in this mini series on stress responses and pain Getting to know your Fight, Flight and Freeze responseFibromyalgia and the Fight-Flight-Freeze Response So from my first post, we are aware our Fight/Flight/Freeze response is triggered from a perceived threat. And it is good to be aware of what these stress responses are … Continue reading Ways to calm your fight or flight response

Getting to know your Fight, Flight and Freeze response

I wanted to go over this response system in order to write a related post next week. When that post is complete I will link it to the bottom of this one, and vice versa. It is just I do not want the length to deter anyone from digging into the depth of this topic. … Continue reading Getting to know your Fight, Flight and Freeze response

When the facade of a good mood is beneficial

With a chronic illness you might be familiar, in certain settings, with putting on a facade of good mood/well-being in order to function. A facade that sometimes really does not match your internal state of being and mood. There can be times when pretending to be 'happy' or in a 'good mood' actually can help … Continue reading When the facade of a good mood is beneficial

Regulating emotions with chronic pain

We all know chronic pain brings with it a hefty emotional toll. And we know that chronic pain does alter our neurotransmitter balance. A study from UNSW Sydney and NeuRA (published in the European Journal of Pain) found that people with chronic pain also have a specific imbalance of neurotransmitters in the part of the brain … Continue reading Regulating emotions with chronic pain

Meghan Markle and depression; why admitting depression is so difficult

During a raw, deeply emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle revealed the onslaught of harassment she received as a member of the royal family led her to a mental “breaking point.” She sought help for suicidal ideation but told Winfrey, "Nothing was ever done."Elle I admit that I do not follow the Royal family. … Continue reading Meghan Markle and depression; why admitting depression is so difficult