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more nutritious foods into my daily diet. My partner and I had our first session with the nutritional therapist last month! It was all very interesting, especially the interpretation of my blood tests from a new angle. Doctors tend to look at your readings to ensure that they fall within a range, and that range can be pretty wide! Nutritional therapists on the other hand, assess what that number may mean for you in particular.
For example, they can predict your risk for heart disease by looking at a specific component of your white blood cells, or which part of the body inflammation may be stemming from. It sounds like detective work to me, and chronic illness after all, often falls under mystery (or horror…).
I’m not going to bash what doctors do, because I believe that they have their merits as well, and modern medicine has saved my life countless times. I prefer to look at nutritional therapy as complementary, and believe that they can work hand in hand to improve my quality of life. We’ll see how this goes for the rest of 2018, as we make some modifications to our diet in an attempt to improve our health!
kindness everywhere. I believe that what goes around comes around, and that we all have a role to play in the grand scheme of things in the universe. Yes, even those of us who are sick and bedbound. I explained with a bit more depth in this post, but what it boils down to is that even though pain often has no purpose when it comes to chronic illness, purpose can still stem from it.
If I want others to treat me with more respect, empathy and kindness, then it has to start with me. How I behave will set the tone for what I expect from others. If I want to live in a better world and a more humane society, then I will have to dig deep within myself and start from there.
about social media and blogging (gasp!). Thought I’d include a prompt to give us a legit place to let some steam out 😉 I’ve been feeling drained of late from all the blogging related activities, and being depressed while coping with flares don’t help. In fact, it’s probably a vicious cycle that feeds into each other.
What gets me down the most when it comes to blogging are other people and ironically, most of them have chronic illnesses themselves. They seem to have become very bitter, or perhaps I feel like I’m not supposed to get mad at them because ‘they’re one of us’. How do you personally deal with sick trolls, if I may ask? I’m only human and do get angry, jealous, petty or mean at times. Not all situations are avoidable either, unless I decide to stop blogging, which I don’t.
I’ve been getting messages from various people online who ask for my help as well. Some of these requests are personal affairs in which they need some reassurance. Others are for raising awareness on important issues. I feel guilty for feeling resentment or fatigue, because they’re mostly for good causes.
Then there are those who ‘yell’ at or lecture me, saying things like ‘are you sure you want your take home message to be so negative as an advocate?’, or ‘I can’t believe an organisation like you would say such a thing’. (By the way, I’m just one person, and I’m not from the U.S.. I avoid certain topics because I’m not living within the situation to fully grasp the nuances, and don’t want to do more harm than good.) I hate this because often these are the people who don’t even read the posts or bother to figure out the context, and just jump to conclusions in order to air their egos. Logically I know it’s not worth wasting energy over, but sometimes I can’t help but feel frustrated, especially on the bad days when my mind is already in a mess.
my peace. So I guess rants can be cathartic, but it’s even better if something useful comes out of them! How do you protect your peace as an advocate or blogger? While I acknowledge that dealing with such issues comes with the blogging scope, I’m also aware of the need for me to protect my peace of mind with more thoughtfulness. I usually do this by totally cutting off and going on a holiday. I did just see flights to Berlin from Singapore starting at $150 one way…
But really, I need to find ways to protect my peace on an everyday basis as well, especially if I want to continue blogging effectively. Peace is such an underrated quality that permeates into every area of our lives. Without peace of mind in our speech or actions, we’ll never be truly happy, or healed in entirety.
I guess I’m going to have to cut down on the advocacy stuff in July, and fill my own cup back up. My partner’s dad will be in town again for a couple weeks, so that should naturally be good distraction as well!
between rest and work time. I recognise the need to draw a clearer divide between blogging (which I count as work), and personal rest time. The problem is that I actually enjoy blogging and sharing, so the lines get blurry as I carry it into bed with me on my phone, or while I’m on the move. Where others browse to relax or distract themselves, I’m always hunting for useful health information to share, or catching up on interactions. But it’s a neverending affair, and can really sap you of your wellbeing.
At least when I was working full time, the physical divide between the house and office was a big reminder of the need to switch off. The in-between downtime spent commuting helped to create a divisive routine as well. I suppose one way of doing it is to set cut off times, but I know I’ll have to draw clearer lines moving forward.
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