• 5 Ways to start the New Year feeling Mentally Strong - #NewYear #MentalHealth #Goals

    5 Ways to Start the New Year Feeling Mentally Strong

    As the year comes to a close, it is easy to become discouraged if you didn’t complete some of the goals you set. Dwelling on these can make starting the new year with a positive outlook difficult.  While it is important to reflect on the successes of the year, it is also smart to set yourself up for success in the year to come. It is time to focus on starting the New Year feeling mentally strong. 5 Ways to Start the New Year Feeling Mentally Strong Reflect but Don’t Dwell on the Negative It is important to look back at the year to determine what worked and what did…

  • Using these Holiday Self Care tips, you will have a happier holiday season with less stress. #AChronicVoice #Holidays #SelfCare

    5 Tips for Holiday Self Care

    It is hard to believe that it is already time for the December Link Up from A Chronic Voice. This year has gone by so fast and I am quickly approaching the one year anniversary of The Frozen Mind. For this link up, I want to talk about the Struggle of the Holidays. The holiday season is so busy and the to do list seems to get longer by the day. This month’s prompts are perfect for talking about Holiday Self Care. First, let me tell you a little about the Link Up. Each month, there are 5 word prompts given and you have to use at least 3 of them in…

  • Lights, music, smells and large gatherings all create opportunities for Sensory Overload. Here are 6 ways to avoid sensory overload during the holidays. #Christmas #Holidays #ChronicIllness

    6 Ways to Avoid Sensory Overload During the Holidays

    Many types of Chronic Illnesses are affected by sensory overload. It can make symptoms worse and make treatments inadequate. But what is Sensory Overload? It occurs when one or more of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment around them. Too much noise in itself may not be enough to tip the scales but if bright lights are also there the brain can be impacted. For me, too many sensory factors at one time can trigger significantly worse than normal Hemiplegic Migraines. A public place with fluorescent lighting, loud noise and strong smells is a definite recipe for a severe Hemiplegic Migraine. Unfortunately, the holiday season is full of crowded rooms, music, smells and…

  • Managing stress during the holidays is the only way to ensure that you get to enjoy the holiday season. Here are 5 Ways to Survive the Holidays! - #Christmas #Stress #HolidayTips

    5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

    When you have Chronic Migraine, the holiday season can be difficult to manuever. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and activities to take part in. All of these things equals stress that can trigger migraines that can stop you in your tracks. There are things you can do to help you survive the holidays. Stress Explained There is a misconception that stress comes from bad things and nothing could be further from the truth. Some of our most happy moments are stressful including weddings and having a baby. Not all stress is bad stress but that doesn’t mean that our bodies react to it in good ways. Unfortunately,…

  • Sometimes Family Gatherings during the Holidays do not go as smooth as they should. If you have a Chronic Illness the hard conversations inevitably will come. Here are 5 of the more common ones and how to avoid the. - #Christmas #ChronicIllness

    5 Hard Conversations to Avoid During the Holidays

    Everyone has that one person at their holiday gatherings that has no tact or asks rude questions. This is probably even more noticeable to people that have a chronic illness. We are used to having  hard conversations with those relatives that just don’t know how to keep their opinions to themselves. What Hard Conversations? “Well you don’t look sick” – This is one of the most inconsiderate statements that someone can make to someone that is chronically ill. Most chronic illnesses can’t be seen on the outside and are considered, “invisible Illness”. HOw I look doesn’t determine how I feel on the vast majority of days. “Shouldn’t you Try a New…

  • Christmas Gift Guide from The Frozen Mind - Find a gift for someone special. Featuring technology gifts, sleepwear, electric blankets, gifts for migraine warriors and more! - #Christmas #ChristmasGift

    2018 Christmas Gift Guide

    It is hard to believe but it is time to start Christmas Shopping! Finding the perfect gift for someone that you care about can be difficult and I am here to help you out! I have selected some of my favorite things for a Christmas Gift guide! Although some of these things are perfect for someone that has a chronic illness, I think you will find that the majority are just nice gifts that anyone would enjoy. I have listed some of my finds below and will also leave a banner at the bottom so you can do some exploring on your own. If you want more ideas, check out…

  • Pacing yourself during the holidays is essential to being able to enjoy the time with family! - Here are 10 tips to help! - #PaceYourself #HolidayTips

    10 Ways to Pace Yourself During the Holidays

    It will soon be Halloween and around here, some radio stations begin playing Christmas music the day after. So, in my mind, the holiday season starts the day after Halloween. That is usually when the Black Friday ads start being leaked and when I start planning out what everyone is getting for Christmas. The problem with all of this is the expectation of making the holidays perfect. This unrealistic expectation can leave you running in circles and accomplishing little. That is why it is important to pace yourself because if you don’t, you will find yourself in a heap on the bed after it is all over. Last year, I…

  • My Favorite American Revolution Book & Documentary. # history #independenceday #holidays

    Happy Birthday America!

    Happy Birthday America! Being a History geek I get to the Holidays, like July 4, that are rich in history and I just want to watch Documentaries. I love learning about the History of America and how we came to be where we are. So for this blog post, I want to share with you my favorite Documentary Series and my favorite book so you can learn more about the American Revolution. I will follow it off with a beautiful rendition of Out National Anthem by Anthem Lights. This may not be my most popular post but it is one I am passionate about. Book: 1776 Author: David McCullough In…