More than half of people that are living with a chronic pain condition are also smokers. This is an incredibly high percentage when you consider that only around 15% of all people in the UK smoke. People that have long term chronic back or neck pain conditions are even more likely to smoke than others. … Continue reading What is the link between chronic pain and smoking?
I truly believe that when we are organised we are a lot less stressed and this can really help us manage our chronic pain much better. I've created a weekly planner to help you get more organised, record different health goals, and encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Read this post … Continue reading Do you want to get more organised and make life easier with your chronic pain?
Apparently Monday 20th January is Blue Monday. This name is given to the 3rd Monday of the month which is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. Whether you believe this statement or not, in this post I share some tips of things you can do to help yourself get through it, … Continue reading Blue Monday: Things you can do to help yourself on the worst day of the year
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you've all had a good Christmas and New Year and have been able to rest and manage your pain as best you can over the holiday season. I did plan on doing a New Year New Me type blog post - share my goals and resolutions etc - but … Continue reading The best thing to help my chronic pain is also the most frustrating – what is it?
It’s that time of year when everyone reflects on the last 12 months and starts to plan their goals for the new year. But how do make sure the goals you set are right for you and achievable? Well that’s where SMART goals come in. So what exactly is a SMART goal? Read on and … Continue reading What exactly is a SMART goal?
Living with chronic pain or chronic illness is tough. Your days can be unpredictable and hard to manage. Not only do you need to think about everything you need to do as part of day-to-day life, but you need to factor in the challenges of your pain and/or illness and the impact this can have. … Continue reading The things you need to do to effectively manage your chronic pain or illness
My blog posts tend to talk about chronic pain in general, rather than specifically be about the type of pain that I have. My pain can only be described as coccydynia pain as I feel my pain where my coccyx was, and I am in pain when I sit down. It also hurts when I … Continue reading 5 ways to cope with coccyx pain
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll have noticed that I didn't publish my usual Sunday blog post this week. In all honesty, I hadn't quite finished the post I had planned to publish, and I didn't want to rush it for the sake of it. So I took the pressure off myself … Continue reading Wellbeing Wisdom: appreciating the small things
In this blog post I review an online yoga course that is designed for people with chronic illness. I give my honest views and thoughts on the course and how I found it helped or affected my chronic pain. The course was given to me free of charge through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network in … Continue reading Could this yoga course help with your chronic pain and fatigue?
I've written a few posts on distraction for chronic pain, and why it's a big part of pain management. In this post I want to delve a little bit deeper in to exactly what distraction is and how you can make it a part of your pain management toolbox and use everyday to help you … Continue reading What is distraction for chronic pain and how can you make it a part of your pain management toolbox