Issue #219: Depression is Indescribable Unless You've Been Through it Yourself & Visualising Chronic Pain Patterns Through Art | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 26 June 2020. Issue #219. In this issue: Depression can make you not care about anything anymore, and is indescribable unless you’ve been through it yourself. The inability to do things that bring you joy or achievement, and feeling like you’re wasting your days and are unable to contribute, when you’re stuck at home […]

Issue #218: The Problem with the Phrase ‘It Could be Worse’ & The Many Hidden Costs Living with Chronic Illness or Disability | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 19 June 2020. Issue #218. In this issue: Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that causes the victim to question their own sanity and validity. There are many other costs involved in living with chronic illness or disability apart from seeing doctors and medications. Every person with disability knows that that are alternatives […]

Issue #217: Why the Need for Migraine Awareness (It’s Not Just a Headache) & You Don’t Have to Exercise in One Particular Way | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 12 June 2020. Issue #217. In this issue: The realisation over time of how much your body is trying its best, too. Some things are always within your control; change what you can for the better. Genes involved in inflammation, immunity and protein damage were activated in just one week of sleep deprivation. When […]

Issue #214: The Importance of Pacing to Prevent Pain Flares & How Blogging Opens Up Doorways for Conversations and Awareness

Friday, 22 May 2020. Issue #214. In this issue: Pacing and planning regular rest breaks are essential for preventing a pain flare. It gnaws away at your physical and mental wellbeing when you’re in isolation for long periods. Don’t let someone else’s bad behaviour (ghosting) rob you of the possibilities of another beautiful relationship. How […]

Issue #213: The Link Between Migraines and Fibromyalgia & How to Communicate Your Pain Clearly to Your Doctors

Friday, 15 May 2020. Issue #213. In this issue: To live with chronic illness is to live with unpredictability, and is a life lesson many of us have had to learn early the hard way. The damaging mental effects of steroids that are often ignored, with physical symptoms taken more seriously. Linkup resources you can […]

Issue 212: Using Writing as a Way to Rebuild Your Life Story & Caring for Our Caregivers by Genuinely Listening to Them Every Day | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 08 May 2020. Issue #212. In this issue: Jo’s review of her website which we revamped! Acceptance and allowance of emotions, without attaching meaning to what it means for our future. May has a lot of awareness dates, which I’ve listed for the writing prompts this month. Our bodies are not passive whilst sleeping, […]

Issue #211: Negligence of Self Care Leads to Deterioration of Mental Health & Accessibility Needs are Different Even With the Same Disability | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 01 May 2020. Issue #211. In this issue: Baskets are great simple tools to help maximise accessibility at home. People with chronic illnesses learn to pay close attention to their bodies; unlike healthy people who are able to handle a bigger blow of stress with less down time. It’s difficult to navigate a world […]

Issue #210: For Many with Chronic Illness, Lockdown Life is Pretty Much the Norm & Sometimes We Just Need to Hang in There and Ride it Out | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 24 April 2020. Issue #210. In this issue: It’s okay to be in survival mode, remind yourself that things will not always be this way. Those who live with chronic and mental illness know what it’s like to be in lockdown every day – share your best tips in this form. Social care in […]

12 Simple Lessons You Can Use to Manage Stress Today | A Chronic Voice

Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings on mindfulness and peace are popular worldwide due to their simplicity. ‘How to Relax’ is one of the many books in his ‘Mindfulness Essentials’ series. There is also ‘How to Sit’, ‘How to Eat’, ‘How to Love’ and more. Today’s review features the best tips for stress management that I found […]