• Use these tips to pamper yourself on days that you don't feel well. - #chronicillness #selfcare #pampering #pamper

    4 Ways to Pamper Yourself When You Don’t Feel Well

    Why Pamper Yourself? As I am writing this, Hurricane Florence has been pounding the North Carolina coast for 24 hours and is starting to slowly start her journey south toward me. All of the models show very little likelihood that it will make it here and for that I am incredibly grateful. That doesn’t exactly mean that I am completely “out of the woods” so to speak. The Barometric Pressure started dropping around 3 am and has continued to drop significantly through out the day. I have had a hemiplegic migraine that morphed into a nasty headache with nausea and all over joint pain. I feel like I need to…

  • Flawesome Award - Celebrating the Flaws that Make you Awesome! #flawesome #positivity #mentalhealth #award

    The Flawesome Award

    I was nominated for The Flawesome Award by Kate at Kate Days a Week and by Duncan at Tales of a Bearded Man. I am honored to have been nominated by these two amazing bloggers. They are both 2 of my favorites so be sure to go show their blogs some love! Now on to the Award: This award was created by the amazing Sophia Ismaa. She wanted to create an award that celebrates our faults and this is definitely an award that I can support. Here is Sophia’s description of this award: “It’s time to celebrate the flaws that make you awesome. How many times do we see an award that…

  • And herein lies the danger of comparing yourself to others. #mentalhealth #depression #positivity #selfcare #chronicillness

    The Dangers of Comparing Yourself to Others

    The truth is, I have always been comparing myself to other people. I don’t know if that makes me different or if everyone else does the same thing. It has just always seemed like everyone had the things that I didn’t have and those things seemed to make them special. They were more popular, had more friends or fit in better than I did. When I was growing up the other kids had a dad and I didn’t. The other kids had the name brand clothes and I didn’t and the other kids were good at sports and I wasn’t. I was just this tall, skinny kid that didn’t seem…

  • How to Have & Keep a Joyful Attitude - #positiveattitude #choosejoy #positivity #selfcare #chronicillness

    How to Have & Keep a Joyful Attitude

    Having a joyful attitude comes easy on days when everything is right on track. But on days when the medication doesn’t seem to work or when the walls feel like they are closing in, it can become easy to be weary and restless. During weeks in which the Barometric Chart can show others how rough the migraine days have been, it is easy to get lost in the pain. Like many other emotions, being joyful is a choice. Having a joyful attitude is not necessarily an indication of how life is at this very moment. Having joy is a conscious act that requires focus, dedication and perseverance. It is determined…

  • 4 Ways to Make Something Good out of Something Bad - #positivity #mentalhealth #selfcare

    4 Ways to Make Something Good Out of Bad

    I am sure that most everyone has heard the phrase, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. If only life were as easy as adding some sugar and water to some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Unfortunately, life can be down right hard sometimes and can throw things at us that sets our lives spinning. It is much easier to sit back, go on auto-pilot and be angry or depressed. It is much harder to look for ways to make something good come out of it.

  • Positivity, chronic illness, mental health

    I Feel Better When I …

    INGA Wellbeing started a Twitter campaign that made me think about what types of things I can do to make myself feel better. The idea is to share the things that make you feel better even on days that are not that great. This is a great way to turn a day around and make it seem brighter. Most people think that treating yourself must included elaborate spa days or shopping sprees. It really doesn’t have to be that extreme or expensive. In fact, the majority of people with chronic illness prefer to do what most people would consider as basic daily self care as an opportunity to pamper. These very…