11 Things I Do at Bedtime That Make Life a Little Better

22 Jan
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I love preparing ahead for myself. Doing those little (or big) things that might make a future moment better. (It’s why I keep up my Splatquake kit.) So doing little things for my tomorrows has become part of my bedtime...
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Creatively Overcoming Mental Health Effects of Chronic Pain (or whatever may be attacking your mental health)

12 Nov
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Chronic pain doesn’t just literally hurt. It takes a toll on our mental health as well. Some of the ways it affects *my* mental health are: One of my chronic pain conditions (fibromyalgia) actually has mental health symptoms! These include...
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Weathering Your Epic Storm … on a Ship

3 Aug
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Of late I’ve heard myself calling the coronavirus pandemic the tempest. That is, the storm. And images have come to me about riding out a storm in a great ship. Of course I realized I was thinking of Noah’s ark....
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Using “Little Things” to Keep Up with Life

13 Jul
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After ten hours at work, I came home and swept my porch. It was on my list. I had this idea when today began, as I said good morning to the transplants in the Gratitude Garden (that’s my back yard)...
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What You’re Feeling About COVID-19 Shutdowns is a Lot Like a Diagnosis

28 Apr
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The world now has a unique opportunity to relate to people with disabilities and chronic conditions … and learn from us. It’s interesting watching my able-bodied friends navigating these changing times. Everything is suddenly very different … and worse. You...
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My 3-Item “Reset Mantra” When Legit Trying is Too Hard

10 Apr
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How ’bout all those positive messages and happy how-tos that I write about? Look, I understand that pretty much everything in life is easier said than done. And sometimes, being positive is just too flippin’ hard. Right now is one...
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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Memories (When it’s Hard to Make New Ones)

1 Apr
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I’m a big fan of nostalgia. Leaning back into happy memories has been great medicine for me in a few ways. One way is I use it to refocus my thinking when I find myself allowing negative thoughts. Earlier today,...
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“Mapping” Your Way to Routines and Care

14 Jan
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First, a review of Splat. Talking Splat acknowledges that every day, those of us with chronic illnesses and/or mental health diagnoses feel like we’ve been run over by something. It’s just by a different vehicle on different days. We communicate...
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