How to Use the 7 Dimensions of Wellness to Thrive with Chronic Pain

This article explores the seven dimensions of wellness and how we can use them to improve our quality of life despite chronic pain. Those who live with chronic pain know all too well that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pain management. Even those who live with the same chronic illness often need a mix […]

The Savagery of Panic Attacks & The Saving Grace of Internet Friends | A Chronic Voice

I’m writing this whilst in a mentally unsound state of being, for a bit of cathartic release at 1am. Anxiety and panic attacks have been plaguing me for months. I had a full blown panic attack yesterday, the sort where I collapse onto the floor and heave, and wail, and scream my lungs out, not […]

Triggers Trigger Triggers (Re-Stabilisation Procedure Encore) | A Chronic Voice

Trying to Stabilise Anxiety & Depression I’ve been feeling out of sorts of late, that’s for sure. My emotions are chaotic and all over the place, as I’m seized by anxiety and depression simultaneously. I had backslid to my suicidal ideation state, so I knew I had to call my psychiatrist asap. My antidepressant dosages […]

Chronic Pain: How to Approach a Loved One Without Pushing Them Away | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Dana Hall is a clinical psychologist who lives with an autoimmune disease herself, which made me excited to have her guest post on the blog! I always love reading professional tips written by a fellow chronic illness person. She specialises in trauma therapy, relationship dynamics, and chronic pain management. She […]

How to be a Positive Thinker: Without the Unicorns & Rainbows

Wait…What Did I Just Think? I woke up feeling like crap. One of those depressive days that arrive unannounced, bringing joint aches and other chronic pain friends along with it. “Today is a bad day”, was the very first thought that surfaced in my mind. Quite the positive thinker, as you can tell. And then, […]

Best & Worst Part About Being Stuck at Home (From 32 People with Chronic Illness & Disability) | A Chronic Voice

In the first part of this series, people with chronic illness and disability shared their best tips for coping with isolation whilst stuck at home, often from pain or fatigue. With the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown, many healthy people have found themselves in similar situations. Perhaps with less pain and fatigue, yet the mental […]

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 […]

Managing Anxiety and Depression as a Senior | A Chronic Voice

It’s unfortunately very common for seniors to experience anxiety and depression. An in-home elderly care professional pointed out that anxiety and depression are especially common in seniors that have recently lost a significant other, friends and family, or if they are dealing with an ailment or illness that doesn’t let them live their life the […]