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

Imposter Syndrome and chronic illness

I have had Imposter Syndrome for really all my life. Along with 70% of the population, at some time or another. Imposter syndrome is that feeling that any successes you have had are due to luck or some external influences outside of yourself. And not your skills, talent or qualifications. The psychologists Pauline Rose Clance … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome and chronic illness

The fragile perception of control and the effect on well-being

The perception of control we have is necessary for our well-being and living in the world. It is sort of a necessary fiction we tell ourselves. When you think of it philosophically there isn't much control we truly have over anything. But perception is reality for our brains. Do not focus on things we have … Continue reading The fragile perception of control and the effect on well-being

Radical acceptance with chronic pain and illness

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/well/mind/radical-acceptance-suffering.html So radical acceptance sounds like something I would say as a kid. 'Totally Radical, man'. And when I read about the concept it actually is something I haven't been shown how to do by a psychologist but rather something I have taught myself to do over the years with chronic pain. I like to … Continue reading Radical acceptance with chronic pain and illness

Fibromyalgia brain fog tips and tricks to try out

Brain fog is a symptom of many chronic illnesses and chronic pain. The cognitive symptoms of Fibro Fog are well know in fibromyalgia. Just seems that when we get ill and our bodies get fatigued or are fighting pain, or both, add in some lack of sleep… you get brain fog. Symptoms include: I listed … Continue reading Fibromyalgia brain fog tips and tricks to try out