Fibromyalgia and chronic pain, in general, are extremely hard to cope with long-term. We learn some serious resiliency, often the hard way. Sort of get sick of needing to be resilient sometimes. After that rocky road, and falling off a few cliffs there, I learned some things about happiness. Not like I am particularly wise. … Continue reading The life lesson fibromyalgia gave me about happiness
I was not fond of 2020. Not particularly fond of 2021. I mean, I am resilient so I endured. Yay. Resilient. At some point, I wish I didn't have to be so resilient. The point is collectively we have all had a rough go of it mentally and emotionally. So I do not think it … Continue reading Year 2022: When you’re thinking about resolutions
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
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
Here's the thing: we all struggle to cope with chronic pain while trying to live a functional life to some extent. No one said it would be easy or fair and, man, I wish we all could get a break once in a while, but it is what it is. However, sometimes we get lost … Continue reading What is your One thing?