• Changes in diet, lifestyle and environment can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. #SAD #MentalHealth #WinterBlues

    Easing Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

    Right now, the United States is facing a brutal cold spell that even has the Postal Service suspending deliveries in some areas. It is time for some with Seasonal Affective Disorder to experience what is called the Winter Blues. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? According the Mayo.com, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.” The depression will begin and end at the same time each year. Seasonal Affective Disorder typically occurs during the fall and winter when the daylight hours are shorter. But it can also reveal itself occur the spring and summer months in rare cases.

  • Also known as the “Migraine Hangover”, this phase can be as debilitating as the Migraine pain itself. #Postdrome #Migraine #MigrainePhases

    Migraine Explained: Postdrome Phase

    One of the things that makes a Migraine very different than an ordinary headache is that it isn’t over once the pain subsides. Most people are not aware that there are after effects that are just has difficult to navigate as the other symptoms. This final phase of Migraine is called the Postdrome phase. What is the Postdrome Phase? Also known as the “Migraine Hangover”, this phase can be as debilitating as the Migraine pain itself. Determining what the symptoms are of the postdrome phase can be just as difficult as it is to determine the Prodrome symptoms. This phase can last for up to 48 hours after the headache…

  • Systemic Lupus is a chronic illness that causes systemic inflammation throughout the body. And can impact many organs such as the kidneys, liver and brain. #Lupus #ChronicIllness #SystemicLupus

    Chronic Illness Spotlight: Systemic Lupus

    Chronic Illness Spotlight is a series in which different illnesses are highlighted and a Chronic Illness Warrior that lives with the illness is featured. Today’s post will spotlight a Chronic Illness called Systemic Lupus. What is Systemic Lupus? Also known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE, is a chronic illness that causes systemic inflammation throughout the body. According the American College of Rheumatology, “In addition to affecting the skin and joints, it can affect other organs in the body such as the kidneys, the tissue lining the lungs (pleura), heart (pericardium), and brain.”

  • Severe procrastination can make things seem so out of control and can lead to physical and mental health issues. #Procrastination #MentalHealth

    The Trap of Procrastination

    Why do today what you can put off tomorrow? That is a comical saying that I have heard several times through the years. It sounds kind of silly but many people, like myself, fall into the trap of procrastination. Trap of Procrastination There are many reasons that someone may put things off or avoid doing things. The problem doesn’t really lay with putting things off for one day. A problem arises when things never really get taken care of. When this happens it is like an avalanche that just gets bigger as it moves down the mountain. Severe procrastination can make things seem so out of control and can lead…

  • The Headache Phase of a Migraine is the 3rd phase of a Migraine. It can include pain and many other symptoms of Migraine. #Headache #MigrainePhases #Migraine #Symptoms

    Migraine Explained: Headache Phase

    To those that do not experience Migraines, it may seem silly to write a post about the Headache Phase of a Migraine. You are probably thinking that a Migraine IS a headache after all. Nothing could be further from the truth! What is the Headache Phase? Headache is the third phase of a Migraine. It is characterized by pain that is on one or both sides of the head but it is more common to have pain only on one side. This phase can last for a few hours but it can last for up to 3 days. The headache phase can also change from one side pain to involve…

  • Savanna Morrow tells her story of living life with Atypical Bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia - #TrigeminalNeuralgia #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness

    Chronic Illness Spotlight: Atypical Bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Chronic Illness Spotlight is a series in which different illnesses are highlighted and a Chronic Illness Warrior that lives with the illness is featured. Today’s post will spotlight a Chronic Illness called Atypical Bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia. Atypical Bilateral Trigeminal Neuralgia is a rare type of Trigeminal Neuralgia causes severe nerve pain on both sides of the face. Simple things like brushing your teeth or putting on makeup can cause excruciating facial pain. Meet Savanna! Savanna loves to crochet, cuddling with her cat, reading and music. She is also a fierce Chronic Illness Warrior! She has several other chronic illnesses. The include IBS, Arthritis, Neurological Deficiency Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, MDD and…

  • Learning how to manage stress can be hard but one of the most worthwhile things you can do for yourself. #Stress #Books #StressManagement #MentalHealth

    4 Books to Help Manage Stress

    Let’s face it, life is stressful! There are bills to pay, deadlines to meet, places to go and success to achieve. It is easy to get lost in the rat race of life and learning how to manage stress becomes more important with every passing day. Stress that is allowed to grow to out of control proportions can cause problems with physical and mental health. There are ways to manage stress and doing so can help to make life more manageable. So, check out these popular books how to manage stress and get started today! 4 Books to Help Manage Stress #1 Girl, Wash Your Face Author: Rachel Hollis With…

  • Aura is the second phase of a Migraine. It can include vision, verbal and Speech symptoms. #Migraine #Aura

    Migraine Explained: Aura

    One of the things that makes a Migraine different than an ordinary headache is that a Migraine has phases. Over the next few weeks, I want to take an indepth look at each phase of a Migraine. Today we will be looking at the Aura phase of a Migraine. What is an Aura? A Migraine Aura is a set symptoms that include the most common visual symptoms but can also include sensory and language disturbances. According to the American Migraine Foundation, “Up to one-third of people with migraine experience aura as a distinct phase in the progression of their migraine attack.” What is a Visual Aura? According to Mayo.com, the visual symptoms are:…

  • On Migraine days I let my cravings tell my body what to eat. When I do this, it seems like my body recovers faster. Here are some things that I like to eat on migraine days. #Migraine #Food #Cravings

    What I Like to Eat on Migraine Days

    I will be the first to admit that what I eat on Migraine days isn’t that healthy. I just let my cravings guide me and honestly, it usually works to settle my stomach and make me feel a bit better. What I Like to Eat on Migraine Days Keep in mind that this is not a list of healthy foods. This is a list of the things my body craves on my worst days. My best advice is to drink plenty of water on the migraine days and let your body guide you for the rest! Snacks The first thing I want the eat on Migraine days is salty snacks!…

  • Today’s post will spotlight a Chronic Illness called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia. - #MECFS #Fibromyalgia #ChronicIllness

    Chronic Illness Spotlight: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Fibromyalgia

    Chronic Illness Spotlight is a series in which different illnesses are highlighted and a Chronic Illness Warrior that lives with the illness is featured. Today’s post will spotlight a Chronic Illness called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis causes extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, severe headaches and more. Fibromyalgia is an illness that causes widespread chronic pain, joint stiffness and insomnia. Meet Shan! Today’s Chronic Illness Warrior is Shan Ellis. She is a mom, blogger and she lives in Wales. I have a passion for Wales, my home, my kids, stationary and books, Slimming World meals, cheap weekends out, beer and craft gin, renovating my dilapidated house, and…