My best chronic pain and wellbeing posts of 2020

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There’s no doubt that it’s been a difficult year for everyone, not least for bloggers and the self-employed. I’ve not done as much with my blog as I’d planned to, but I’ve still managed to produce some interesting topics (and hopefully you agree). I wanted to share a summary of my best posts of 2020 and I’d love to know what you think – and what you want more or less of in 2021.

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The 30 day lockdown wellbeing challenge

First up, we have my 30 day lockdown wellbeing challenge. I decided to create something to help us all cope with the self-isolation during lockdown. Numerous factors can impact on your wellbeing and doing small, simple things can generally make a difference.

The suggestions in my 30 day wellbeing challenge can hopefully help you feel more in control, contribute to you having a better day, and improve your wellbeing. And of course, ultimately helping you manage your chronic pain s best you can.

The 30 day lockdown wellbeing challenge

4 things that would help me cope better with my coccyx/tailbone pain

I had my coccyx removed in 2015 and even now I struggle to cope with my daily pain. In this post I talk about the 4 things that would help that I don’t have.

4 things that would help me cope better with my coccyx/tailbone pain

The what, how’s, and why’s of pacing when you have chronic pain

What is pacing? How do you do it? And why is it important? This is a brilliant guest post from someone who I love to work with very much: Brandon Ulmer of Elevation Process.

The what, hows, and whys of pacing when you have chronic pain

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The best thing to help my chronic pain is also the most frustrating

In this post I write about one particular thing that actually really helps my pain but it is THE most frustrating. Read the post to find out what it is.

The best thing to help my chronic pain is also the most frustrating – what is it?

The things we don’t says about chronic illness – book review

I was really lucky and honoured to review the book The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths, edited by Julie Morgenlender. I was wowed by the honest and humbling stories from the 42 authors who contributed to the book.

The Things We Don’t Say About Chronic Illness – book review

Following on from this I also recently reviewed Amy Oestreicher’s book, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful

The best online programme that helps you self-manage your chronic pain

This is my review of the Chronic Pain Programme on Elevation Process. This programme teaches you to self-manage your own pain. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and current best practice methods. It is aimed at anyone who has chronic pain and anyone wanting to learn more about chronic pain.

The best online programme that helps you self-manage your chronic pain

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What is lifestyle medicine and how it can help you manage your chronic pain

Lifestyle medicine is about improving your overall heath. It focuses on the things you can do on a daily basis to help make you feel better and improve how you’re feeling and your physical and mental wellbeing. Understanding and implementing some lifestyle changes will automatically make you feel better in yourself, which will make managing your chronic pain that little bit easier. Check out this post to learn more.

What is lifestyle medicine and how it can help you manage your chronic pain

How using the right words and thoughts can help you cope better with your chronic pain

This post looks at how our thoughts and words can shape how we feel, and how you can go about turning the negative in to the positive.

How using the right words and thoughts can help you cope better with your chronic pain

7 simple things to help you work from home

A lot of people have been working from home during lockdown and the ongoing restrictions. Some people will find it easy and some will really struggle. There are some simple things you can do to make it easier to work from home and make your time more productive.

7 simple things to help you work from home


Spoonie swap: part 1 – Living with someone else’s pain 

My friend came up with a really good idea of seeing what it is like to live with someone else’s pain – so that’s exactly what we did. We called it Spoonie Swap and spent the day doing the things that each other did to cope with their chronic pain. This is part one, and the link to part 2 can be faint in the blog post.

Spoonie Swap Part 1: A day living with someone else’s pain

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2 thoughts on “My best chronic pain and wellbeing posts of 2020

  1. Invisibly Me says:

    What a fab round-up, Alice. I never did get around to doing a post like this. It’s great to see all the amazing content in one place – you should be hugely proud! xx

  2. Brandon says:

    Great idea for a post. I am certainly biased in my opinion, but wanted to congratulate you on this body of work. Very well done and very helpful.

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