Mental Health

Balancing your mental health with your physical health while being chronically ill sometimes feels impossible. But we are here to tell you that you are not alone in struggling with this.

What you need are some simple tools that will help you when things get tough and remind you that you are worthy of love no matter how productive you are and you’ve come to the right place.

  • When it comes to chronic illness why do some people not like the warrior narrative?


    When we find ourselves in conversations about minor illnesses, even a cold, there is a tendency for people to use the language of war, such as fighting or battling.

    People with medical conditions are often called “warriors” and under this description are encouraged to battle their illness and push themselves.

    Using the term warrior can be helpful for some people as a means of describing the challenges of being sick to others who are not living with an illness. But for others, the narrative can make them uncomfortable.

    This isn’t to say that it’s not a struggle for them, but people with chronic illness are who they are first and foremost, and not a warrior.

    Let’s look into why the warrior narrative doesn’t feel helpful and comfortable for some of the chronic illness community.

    Read More

  • Why wellness culture is toxic for chronic illness

    With the wellness industry valued at $3.7 trillion in 2015 and continuing to be on the rise, it can be easy to get sucked into the latest wellness trends and crazes.

    Many are jumping on the wellness bandwagon and while this may seem like a positive thing, it is not so positive when it comes to chronic illness.

    There are juice bars on every corner, mindfulness apps advertised relentlessly on social media, and wellness influencers praising celery juice or the latest cleanse as a miracle cure. These serve as constant reminders of the unrealistic promise that you can recover from any illness with enough work.

    But this is not the only reason why wellness culture is so bad for the chronic illness community.

    Wellness culture has been influencing the beliefs of doctors more and more, to the extent that they believe it’s a one size fits all cure for everything, even if it ends up harming you in the long run.

    (more…)

    Read More

  • There Is A World Of Difference Between Knowing It’s Not Your Fault And Feeling It’s Not Your Fault

    Caption reads, 'There is a world of difference between knowing it's your fault and feelings it's not your fault'.

    At some point along your journey I hope that someone has told you that your illness is not your fault but how much do you actually feel that? 

    Our brains are designed to analyse information and make meaning out of the chaos that is life. When something as big as chronic illness happens it’s very hard for the brain to compute that there isn’t something that we can do to control the situation so we turn it inwards. 

    We see this in trauma work time and time again. When an event is too big for the brain to process that’s when the narrative of self blame crops up. ⁠It is easier for us to blame ourselves than it is to accept that there is nothing that we can do to change the situation.

    (more…)

    Read More