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Hand Write a Thank You

When was the last time you pulled out a paper and pen and hand wrote a thank you note? It does not happen much anymore. Through illness, we have many opportunities to be thankful for every little act of kindness that comes our way. It is an act of gratitude that can brighten your day as well as the recipients. Continue reading Hand Write a Thank You

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Stop the Roller-Coaster-Ride of Chronic Illness

How does one get off the roller-coaster-ride of chronic illness and pain? If I could put the answer in a pill I would be a billionaire overnight. There are too many who are suffering through this miserable ride.  Healthy people who have not experienced this ride cannot begin to imagine. Instead of trying to make others understand, let’s look at ways to get off the ride in an attempt to find some steady ground.  Continue reading Stop the Roller-Coaster-Ride of Chronic Illness

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Momentary Stuckness

Stuckness is probably not a real word but it is a reality when we get stuck. No point in pretending we don’t get stuck at times, most of us do. Chronic illness comes back to bite us at times when we least expect it. That is when we just stop, rest, regroup and try again, later. Physically our bodies do not always keep up with our desires in life. I do not have to like it but I choose to accept it and let my body rest until it is ready to try again. Continue reading Momentary Stuckness

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Depression Blues go Orange

The color yellow (and orange) help with depression blues. Whether it is the yellow sun, a yellow pineapple, juicy oranges or essential oils of citrus, it lifts the blues immediately. If you don’t believe me, try it.  Continue reading Depression Blues go Orange

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Lean Into It

How do you drive your vehicle? Have you noticed that when you are driving on a curve that speeding up just a little actually helps you keep control of your vehicle? You might not have noticed. Maybe you have never tried it. The next time you are on a curve just slightly speed up and notice the control issue. Also try taking your foot off of the gas and feel how much harder it is to control the vehicle. I do not suggest placing your foot on the brake while in a curve, it is harder to control your vehicle. Leaning into a curve at full speed (safely using the speed limit) seems backwards but helps you ride the curve with more control and ease. Life is that way. It is going to happen anyway so you might as well lean into it so you get better results.  Continue reading Lean Into It

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Just Keep Moving Forward

No matter what, just keep moving forward. If you have a goal, keep moving towards it. If you are sick and so sick of being sick and you are too frustrated to have a goal, move forward anyway. Even when we do not always feel like we are making any progress whatsoever, when we put one foot in front of the other, no matter how small the step, we really are moving forward.  Continue reading Just Keep Moving Forward

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Drink Your Watermelon

Summertime provides an abundance of watermelons. Usually, our bodies adapt well to eating things that are in season. We are used to eating them cut up, using a fork or spoon. Have you tried drinking your watermelon? It is sweet and refreshing. Add some lemon or lime and some fresh mint and it is fabulous. Add coconut milk and you won’t get the blood-sugar spike and you will have a creamy watermelon delight. Recipe below. Continue reading Drink Your Watermelon

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Less Light, Better Sleep

Our bodies need quality sleep. The better our sleep the better we function during the day.  As we get quality sleep, our chronic illness and pain can heal deeper and more quickly. When we have no control over the light in our bedrooms, slipping a sleep-mask on can darken the lightest of rooms. It feels odd at first but once you get used to it, the mask becomes a best friend. Continue reading Less Light, Better Sleep

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Hair Brain Idea

I have this hair brain idea – why don’t we brush our hair more often for better brains!! Brushing and combing our hair gets the blood flowing through our brain better which gets us thinking better which gets us moving towards greater health. Why wouldn’t we want to do this? It is so easy it is almost ridiculous. You can comb your hair in less than a minute to take a break from the computer. Gets the blood flowing better and you can get right back to concentrating harder at work.  Continue reading Hair Brain Idea