Jokes about disabled people are not funny. The person in the picture is sitting on ground looking sad.

Jokes About Disabled People Are Not Funny

I recently wrote about how much emphasis is put on looks. People often feel obliged to look a certain way to live up to society's expectations. But what happens when you can't change how you look? What happens when you have a visible disability? I've written about invisible illnesses a few times. Sometimes, people with …

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Why is appearance important to people. In picture, fluffy grey duckling sitting in grass and daisies

Why is Appearance so Important to People?

Since I don't go out much, I tend to sit in the house wearing comfortable clothes like leggings, tee shirts and hoodies. I don't give the mirror a second glance. I don't wear make up and my hair is probably all over the place. Nobody, apart from my husband, is going to see me, so …

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How chronic pain or illness is affected by stress. I picture - stressed woman holding her head.

How Chronic Pain or Illness is Affected by Stress

When we know we might be physically injured, we try to protect our bodies from the impact of the trauma by tensing our muscles. We do the same in a stressful situation. But instead of protecting us, the tense muscles can cause more problems. Chronic Pain or Illness Can Be Worsened by Stress Stress can …

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Living with pain or illness: Life in the slow lane. Narrow country road in Scotland

Living with Pain or Illness – Life in the Slow Lane

Living with chronic pain or any type of chronic illness can often be like living life in the slow lane. My life is certainly like that. I have two speeds - slow or very slow. I know that I'm simply not fit for a different type of lifestyle. I accept that I need to live …

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How to cope when you are judged because of pain or illness. Yellow flowers.

How To Cope When You Are Feeling Judged

People who live with chronic pain or a chronic illness are often put under scrutiny. Most have felt judged at some time in their lives. Being Judged is Demoralising Friends, families, colleagues, doctors, social security and even strangers can all be guilty of judging people who live with chronic pain or illness. It's not helpful …

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Pain can steal a sense of purpose. Cactus plants

Pain Can Steal A Sense Of Purpose

Everyone who lives with chronic pain or illness knows how much it takes away. I could write a long list. Their health condition can just sneak into their lives like a thief and steal so much away from them. One thing it can often take is a sense of purpose. I am sure that I …

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How to be positive despite pain

How to be Positive When Living With Pain

It can be extremely difficult living with chronic pain. It's very easy to become down and despondent at times and focus only on the negativity of the situation. Can Positivity Help Pain? We need to be honest about our pain and say how we feel at times. But can being more positive actually help our …

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There is more to chronic pain than just pain

There is More to Chronic Pain Than Just Pain

Most people understand pain. Whether it's from an occasional headache, a broken leg or a stubbed toe, most people understand what pain feels like. But chronic pain? Not everyone will understand what that is like. When does pain become chronic? Chronic pain is defined by NHS Inform as pain that carries on for longer than …

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What it's like to live with chronic pain. A - Z

What is Life Like with Chronic Pain?

If you read my distractions post, you'll know I'm keen on A - Zs, so I decided to make an A - Z to describe life with chronic pain. Counteracting Negatives with Positives Part way through, I realised that the A - Z was quite negative, and since I prefer a positive outlook I tried …

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Writing can be therapeutic when you live with chronic pain or illness

Writing About Your Pain Or Illness Can Be Helpful

I first started writing after retiring from work due to my health when I was 28. I enjoyed it. It was a good distraction. I wrote poems and stories which took me to another world away from my pain. A couple of poems were published in anthologies and some others were published in newspapers. My …

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