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

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

Isolation, the pandemic, and winter depression

Pandemic With COVID-19 numbers here in Alberta, Canada getting rather high restrictions have been added to socializing (some would say a tad late on that count). Anyway, that means we cannot socialize outside of our household. We cannot go to other people's houses and we cannot have people over to ours. Unless we want to … Continue reading Isolation, the pandemic, and winter depression

When you feel like a loser because you’re disabled

I know I am disabled. I know that means I don't have much money and can't help much financially. Or be as productive as I want to be. That I have to rest an insane amount. That I am not very functional. And I cope very well with this low quality of life. I am … Continue reading When you feel like a loser because you’re disabled

The cult of positivity

There is nothing wrong with being positive or working of thinking positive. Take a look at Let's look at 'thinking positive' which essentially is this Cognitive Behavioural therapy for mental illness and chronic pain is a good thing. We can be caught in a net of negative thinking and need to adjust ourselves to more … Continue reading The cult of positivity