Do I have intrinsic value?

The intrinsic value of something is said to be the value that that thing has “in itself,” or “for its own sake,” or “as such,” or “in its own right.” – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Being chronically ill has really shaken my self-confidence.  My counsellor introduced the idea that I have intrinsic value.  She suggested that… Continue reading Do I have intrinsic value?

In Practice: Making the most of small pleasures

Tuesday wasn’t a good day.  I  broke a glass while making breakfast and had to rush to my doctor’s appointment through the snow.  I struggled to cross the icy roads safely.  My migraine brain disliked the glare from the snow, the cold outside and the heat in the GP surgery. Later that day I got… Continue reading In Practice: Making the most of small pleasures

Making the most of small pleasures

“Whatever else there is, there’s this as well” – Maitreyabandhu1 It’s hard being ill, I have lost so much and there’s so much I can’t do.  This drags down my mood and my well-being.  There’s also a lot of physical discomfort too. I first came across the idea of deliberately looking for the pleasurable aspects of… Continue reading Making the most of small pleasures

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Everyday Heroics

Everyday heroics is not pushing yourself to go further and faster.  It’s not about battling against your circumstances, whatever the cost.  It’s not about insisting on living life as you did before. It’s getting up and starting another day, even though yesterday sucked, and so did the day before it.  It’s finding the courage to face… Continue reading Everyday Heroics

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Bone Tired

Bone tired is the only way to describe how I feel today.  My skeleton is sleepy, my muscles sluggish and when required to speak or think my brain just shrugs.  I hate this feeling, it seems like such a waste of a day.  And I don’t feel like I’ve any control over it.  I’ve taken… Continue reading Bone Tired

Worry Time

By life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened” Michael de Montaigne I have always been something of a worrier.  I was okay with that and sometimes found it useful as I’d make extra effort to rehearse something in advance or think through what might go wrong. But now I have a… Continue reading Worry Time

My Morning Routine

Waking Up Ritual (15 minutes) Start my timer Spend  few minutes following a guided ‘Welcoming the Day’ meditation from Stop, Breathe & Think Drink a glass of water Eat a handful of nuts Stretching and strengthening exercises from Arthritis Research UK.  I’ve put the exercises in order so I can do the first few still… Continue reading My Morning Routine

Rest Days

When I read this article about the importance of rest days it was like a light bulb went off in my head.  Sometimes I need to rest as I’m recovering from illness, but I don’t need to wait until I can’t carry on at all before allowing myself to rest.  I also need to rest… Continue reading Rest Days

Getting adjustments in place at college or university

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I was one year into my PhD when my chronic illness surfaced.  It has been and continues to be a huge adjustment.  I’ve had to learn new ways of organising my work, of doing the basics like writing, reading and researching for my degree.  All this alongside managing my symptoms, looking after myself generally and… Continue reading Getting adjustments in place at college or university