Social prescribing is becoming a popular concept in healthcare and treatment. GPs in England can prescribe dance classes for people who are lonely. Doctors in Shetland, Scotland can now prescribe nature. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has also launched the...read more
There was so much I wish I knew about being a carer before I became one. It might have taken the edge off the anxiety I was feeling about my other half’s medical conditions, his recovery, how much ongoing hands on support he would need, what changes it might mean for...read more
Last week I wrote about how the unconscious biases and assumptions around illness, injury, recovery, disability and health you hold tend to become more visible when you have to deal with these issues. They test that ‘in sickness and in health’ vow in a committed...read more
The unconscious biases and assumptions around illness, injury, recovery, disability and health you hold tend to become more visible when you have to deal with these issues. They can test the ‘in sickness and in health’ vow in a committed relationship. To the point the...read more
A life-changing serious illness or injury can test the wedding vow “in sickness and in health” and hence your relationship on many levels. If you chose the marriage route and/or if this was a vow in your ceremony. Regardless, it is commonly accepted that however you...read more
Learning how to find an emotional balance after illness or injury can sometimes take a back seat. Your focus is often on recovery, rehabilitation, and figuring out how to live your life in your changed body. Time moves on and you’ve started doing things you used to do...read more
To increase your self-worth after illness or injury can feel like a mammoth task. You’ve been thrown into this unknown land of serious illness or injury, you can’t do what you once did, and you don’t know what to do to feel better. You may feel like you have lost...read more
Adjusting your personal high standards after illness or injury often helps people to live well with the impact but can be such a hard thing to do. So when clients say to me they have personal high standards for themselves, they are proud of them because they have...read more
You may not be given guidance for living well with a serious illness or injury: what to do, what to avoid, etc. And in the early stages, a lot of your energies are focused on treatment, surviving the ordeal and recovery. But then a few months or even years after the...read more
Depression and serious illness or injury is reckoned not to be a good combination. Being positive is often seen to be the better choice. For example, I often hear people say, ‘Well, you can either get depressed and upset or you can be positive,’ in relation to living...read more
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If you are happy to share your experience, I’m researching what acceptance means to people like you.