Manage your health issue blog archive

These are all the blogs which contain helpful hints, coaching techniques and advice to help you develop non-medical approaches to manage your health issue. Doing this enables you to take back control so you can get on with living the life you want for yourself.

Manage your health issue

These blogs focus on how to proactively

  • Learn how to listen to the messages your body is sending you
  • Figure out how to live in a changed body
  • Design a holistic recovery/rehabilitation plan for the non-medical side of things
  • Develop non-medical approaches to managing your symptoms (pain, fatigue, etc.)
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with your healthcare team to get your needs met

You may find some of these blogs in another category too.

How to love your body with illness or injury

How do you love your body with illness or injury? How do you learn to love it again? So much about your body has changed, this can feel like a really hard task. You may have loved what your body enabled you to do previously and/or how you looked. I feel it’s important...

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How to make time for exercise to improve your health

We all read about how important it is to exercise to improve your health. Not just for our physical health but also our mental health. And yet, you may find it hard to make time for exercise for all sorts of reasons. Some of those reasons may run more deep than you...

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How to make time for exercise

My ability to make time for exercise has been crap. There, I said it. I’ve been feeling for some time that I need to do more to maintain my physical wellness. My line of work is about rebuilding and renewing our sense of wellness after a serious illness or serious...

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Convalescence after illness is a lost art

I think convalescence after illness has become a lost art. This thought occurred to me last week whilst being horizontal due to the winter flu, which hit me hard this year, and still getting emails from people offering alternative dates for meetings I cancelled due to...

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Does your self-doubt kill your New Year’s resolutions?

Setting New Year’s resolutions, or goals, objectives, priorities, dreams call it what you will, is all over the internet at the moment. And there is a lot of good advice out there. But it can be tough when you have a serious health issue. You may want to do and...

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Learning to trust your body after a serious illness or injury

Learning to trust your body after a serious illness or injury or onset of a long-term condition can take time and involve many mixed emotions. Your body has changed. Forever. You can feel it. You remember what you used to be able to do. And your body has that memory...

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Make your New Year’s health resolutions stick in 2017

New Year’s resolutions are upon us. There is a lot of helpful advice out there on how to set resolutions. But keeping them can be the hard part. We may focus on making the change in January, it gets harder in February and by March we find we are not doing very much....

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How to let yourself take a break

You’ve got a deadline looming. You are aware of it. But maybe there are other important things also with deadlines attached to them competing for your attention. You’ve been focusing on those other things to finish them. But the deadline for that ONE thing arrives and...

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Is this all the recovery I’m gonna get?

This week I continue the theme of recovery in the context of illness. Last week's blog post focused on the assumptions which lace the recovery process due to society's interpretation of recovery: a) To have (the use, possession, or control of something) restored b) To...

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How #Brexit may affect your health

I sit here wondering, questioning and even worrying about the short and long-term impact of the historical referendum on 23rd June, which may lead to a possible #Brexit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. I had a blog all prepared and almost ready to go but...

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How to keep resolutions to flourish your health in 2016

New Year's resolutions are upon us. There is a lot of helpful advice out there on how to set resolutions. But keeping them can be the hard part. Change isn't always easy and straightforward. Some stuff I learned about neuroscience seems to explain that. So I will...

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New Year’s resolutions work better if they are smaller

It is two weeks into the new year and you have toyed with the idea of setting some New Year's resolutions. You might have some broad ideas like get back into work or a volunteer opportunity, exercise or move around more, lose weight, find a way to take control of a...

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The life of a desk chair potato

My bottom has developed a way-too-intimate relationship with the desk chair. They have spent so much time together in the past three years they find it difficult to part. Being a 'desk chair potato' is not doing me any favours on one level. Sitting at my desk working...

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Dancing in the land of limbo during recovery

After the setback occurred in my friend's recovery (refer to blog post The Spiral of Setbacks in Recovery), it was back to the doctors. New medication was introduced into the large cocktail of medication already prescribed. Tests were prescribed. The waiting lists...

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The spiral of setbacks in recovery

Another gap between blog posts. Due to a setback in my friend's recovery, I could hold on to only so much. And I had to hold on to some really important stuff. Despite knowing that a life and body were changed forever, the recovery was moving along in the right...

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Taking Control

This was a presentation I delivered at the UK Transverse Myelitis Society's conference in 2011. The audience was people living with Transverse Myelitis* (TM), an auto-immune neurological condition whose onset can be quick,...

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase…”

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." by Martin Luther King, Jr. Hello. My name is Barbara Babcock and this will be my blog/website for my venture in helping people (and their families) live well with...

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