• 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…

  • Ways to Guard your Mental Health During the Holidays - Great tips for making sure the holiday season doesn't leave you with a mental breakdown. #MentalHealth #Holidays #ChristmasTips

    5 Ways to Guard your Mental Health during the Holidays

    To some, the holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year but the time period between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be difficult for several reasons. Issues within the family, a recent loss of a family member, health crises and other struggles can make the holiday season difficult to manage. When you include the enormous amount of holiday activities being exhausted only makes the season stressful. When you add in the colder weather and less sunlight each day, seasonal depression and health issues can compound to make the season less than merry and bright. With all of this in mind, finding ways to guard your mental…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude - #selfcare #mentalhealth #chronicillness #attitude

    4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude

    It can be difficult to feel grateful when you live with chronic illness. Sickness, fatigue and fear can make it easy to become more resentful and less grateful. It is important to find things in life to be grateful for, in spite of living with chronic illness. It may take practice but you can discover an attitude of gratitude that will change even the worst of days. 4 Ways to Discover an Attitude of Gratitude: Don’t just look at the obvious things. It is only human nature to look for the most obvious things to be grateful for. It is easy to be grateful for shelter when you have a home, for food when the…

  • Self-Care Tools to use on a bad day - #selfcare #mentalhealth #health #pamperyourself

    5 Self-Care Tools to Use on Bad Days

    As much as we want to say that all of our days are filled with roses and sunshine, we all know that it isn’t possible to have good days all the time. It really isn’t having a bad day that can create turmoil in our lives, it is how we manage ourselves while we are in the middle of it all. The tricks we employ for self-care can make all the difference on those days that make us want to want to hide away. Here are 5 self-care tools to use on a bad day: Take a Bath! My daughters know this is my go to self-care tool. They probably…

  • 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.

  • There are positive things about looking back but living in the past is not good for your mental health. #mentalhealth #depression

    Reflection: The Dangers and Possibilities of Looking Back

    Taking time for reflection or looking back is usually perceived as negative or counterproductive. Even in the Bible, God told Lot and his family not to look back when He saved them from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. When Lot’s wife looked, she turned into a pillar of salt. Through that story, God is warning us about the dangers of living in the past. When Does Reflection Turn Negative? It is difficult not to sit back and go through the long list of regrets or “what-ifs” that we have. Most people have a list of things they wish they had done differently, so this isn’t uncommon. I know that…