Simple but not easy: how I’m doing with nourishing vs depleting

What happened? Day 1: Made a plan then ignored it completely. Day 2 & 3: Did a little better. Made sensible looking plans and more or less alternated nourishing and depleting tasks. Although my work sessions were too long, and rest sessions too short. Day 4: Made a plan but put way too much on… Continue reading Simple but not easy: how I’m doing with nourishing vs depleting

Graded activity/pacing: progress update

Graded activity is a way of learning to manage chronic pain or illness by finding your baseline (the amount of activity you can do without exacerbating symptoms) and then gradually extending the difficulty, very slowly over time.  The aim is to be able to do the things that matter to you without causing flare ups. … Continue reading Graded activity/pacing: progress update

CFT: Understanding my personal story

I believe that having self-compassion is essential if I’m going to live a meaningful life with chronic illness. Unfortunately I’m not very good at it. I think developing self-compassion can encourage us to take good care of ourselves, to be accepting of our limitations and appreciative of our efforts. For some of us self-compassion isn’t… Continue reading CFT: Understanding my personal story

Pacing Update

The aim of pacing is to find the approximate length of time that I can work at something without causing a flare up in my symptoms. The principles of pacing are to avoid a cycle of boom and bust and to stop before you need a break. A few months ago I worked out my… Continue reading Pacing Update

Soothing breathing

I have encountered soothing breathing exercises as part on my one-to-one counselling and when reading self-help Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) books.  It’s not something that I persisted with though.  Developing a soothing breathing technique or form of imagery that helps us to feel calm, soothed and steady has been the main practical exercise for the first… Continue reading Soothing breathing

Pacing progress update

The aim of pacing is to find the approximate length of time that I can work at something without causing a flare up in my symptoms. The principles of pacing are to avoid a cycle of boom and bust and to stop before you need a break. A few months ago I worked out my… Continue reading Pacing progress update

Finally – I can see some progress with pacing!

The aim of pacing is to find the approximate length of time that I can work at something without causing a flare up in my symptoms. The principles of pacing are to avoid a cycle of boom and bust by stopping before you need a break. A few months ago I worked out my baselines… Continue reading Finally – I can see some progress with pacing!

Practising… Self-Compassion 4

Week 4: Compassion vs. Criticism I believe that having self-compassion is essential if I’m going to live a meaningful life with chronic illness.  Unfortunately I’m not very good at it.  I think self-compassion is so important because it’s an attitude that encourages us to take good care of ourselves, to recognise how difficult life with… Continue reading Practising… Self-Compassion 4

Practising… Self-Compassion 1-3

I believe that having self-compassion is essential if I’m going to live a meaningful life with chronic illness.  Unfortunately I’m not very good at it.  I think self-compassion is so important because it’s an attitude that encourages us to take good care of ourselves, to recognise how difficult life with a chronic condition can be,… Continue reading Practising… Self-Compassion 1-3