Reclaim your emotional health blog archive

These blogs will help you to feel better in yourself, more calm and to look towards the future. 

  • Make sense of what has happened
  • Move beyond feelings of anger, loss and fear
  • Feel balanced emotionally
  • Take back control
  • Regain your independence
  • Minimise and manage stress in your life
  • Develop a positive self-image
  • Learn to live with the uncertainty that comes with many serious illnesses and chronic conditions
  • Decipher what your day and night dreams are telling you

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

How to easily improve your relationship with uncertainty

How to easily improve your relationship with uncertainty

How to easily improve your relationship with uncertainty can sound like one of those too-good-to-be-true promises. It’s that word ‘easily’. You may be wondering if it can be that easy. Because you may find it really hard to live with uncertainty. Especially in these...

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Why you don’t need to move on from your illness

Why you don’t need to move on from your illness

When others tell you to ‘move on from your illness’ or ‘shouldn’t you let it go now’ whenever you speak about it, you can feel guilty. Like you’ve done something wrong. It can also feel like your experience of the illness or injury, treatment and everything it means...

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How to breathe to calm yourself when you’re stressed

How to breathe to calm yourself when you’re stressed

Do you kind of forget how to breathe to calm yourself when you’re feeling stressed? You don’t really realise it until maybe someone points it out. Or you finally get to a place of calm and think, ‘Boy, I wasn’t feeling that great!’ It’s understandable. You can get so...

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How to conquer overwhelm with ease

How to conquer overwhelm with ease

Dealing with a challenging health issue can feel like you’re exchanging your life for overwhelm. Click thru to read the three things you can do to conquer overwhelm.

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The one thing you can do to regain control quickly

The one thing you can do to regain control quickly

When you don’t feel in control, all you want is something to help you regain control. But sometimes the solution doesn’t come quickly enough for your liking. Or it’s hard to sift through everything and determine what’s best for you because you may be feeling so much...

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How to feel more in control

How to feel more in control

Many people want to feel more in control during these uncertain times. I’m hearing from people who talk about feeling-out-sorts or are waking up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. And the anxiety feels like just one more thing to overcome. Others...

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What is your relationship with uncertainty like?

What is your relationship with uncertainty like?

Considering what your relationship with uncertainty is like has probably not featured as something to think about. Unless of course you’ve had to deal with a challenging health issue, whether your own or someone else’s. Or another significant life event that brought a...

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How to manage stress and anxiety

How to manage stress and anxiety

We’re not often taught in life how to manage stress and anxiety. Yet it’s something many of us deal with on a day-to-day basis. At times it can feel like it gets into the driving seat of one or more parts of your life. It’s understandable, life happens like that....

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What do you think of the poem And People Stayed Home

What do you think of the poem And People Stayed Home

A poem titled And People Stayed Home has been making the rounds because it resonates with what many people hope is an outcome of this lockdown. The author of the poem has been referred to as a Kathleen O’Meara, an Irish-French Catholic writer and biographer during the...

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How to improve your mental health with five a day

How to improve your mental health with five a day

What do you to improve your mental health? Like we are encouraged to have five types of vegetables and fruit every day, what are your five go to activities to maintain or improve your mental health? Our mental health is being tested right now What with everything...

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Feeling out-of-sorts during lockdown? This is why

Feeling out-of-sorts during lockdown? This is why

You may be wondering why you’re feeling out-of-sorts during lockdown. In the past few weeks you may have been feeling lethargic, sleeping a lot, or not enough. Maybe you feel really down and sad about everything or your anxiety feels a lot higher. You’re not your...

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How to challenge yourself as a way to change yourself

How to challenge yourself as a way to change yourself

When you want yourself and your circumstances to be different, you need to figure out how to challenge yourself to change yourself. To do something different so you get what you’re seeking. As the saying goes: If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on...

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How to fall in love with yourself after illness

How to fall in love with yourself after illness

Learning how to fall in love with yourself after illness or injury felt like the most appropriate topic to write about given Valentine’s Day is this week. We see so much about being in a couple at this time of year, but how are we in being with ourselves? And what...

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How to deal with your life now versus how it should be

How to deal with your life now versus how it should be

Figuring out how to deal with your life now versus how it should be can be hard. Frustrating. Sad. Something has happened to you and your life that wasn’t in the plan. And it means that the life you had planned for yourself – your life how it should be - may no longer...

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How to have a growth mindset after illness

How to have a growth mindset after illness

You may feel that learning how to have a growth mindset after an illness or injury sounds like a hippy fad, or a luxury reserved for people who don’t have challenging health issues, or it’s just not a priority as you’re trying to figure out how to live in a changed...

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Why a growth mindset is important after illness

Why a growth mindset is important after illness

Having a growth mindset is important after illness or injury. I feel it is key to crafting a life worth living when you are dealing with a challenging health issue whether your own or a loved one’s. It’s a way of believing, thinking, doing, and feeling and is based on...

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What is grief in the context of your illness and life?

What is grief in the context of your illness and life?

What is grief in the context of your illness or injury? Should you be grieving for what you’ve lost as a result of it? Well that depends. Every person is different. Every person will have different beliefs about grief. And everyone grieves differently. So you will all...

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The best advice on how to stop carrying other people’s shit

The best advice on how to stop carrying other people’s shit

Are you aware of when you’re carrying other people’s shit? And do you know how to let it go? These are important questions. Because when you or a loved one are living with a challenging health issue, the last thing you need is carrying other people’s shit around. That...

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Why it’s so easy to give up and how not to

Why it’s so easy to give up and how not to

It’s so easy to give up when something feels really hard going. You try something to improve your health, make something good happen and it doesn’t seem to work. So you want to throw in the towel, i.e. give up. This has happened to all of us at some point. But you...

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How to make your search for the new you after illness easier

How to make your search for the new you after illness easier

The search for the new you after you experience a serious illness or injury and are living with the ongoing impact can feel so very hard. In some ways, you know you are still the person you were before. But in other ways, you’re not and you don’t recognise yourself....

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How to regain your independence after illness or injury

How to regain your independence after illness or injury

Learning how to regain your independence after illness or injury is a key goal for many people after a life-changing illness or injury. Prior to dealing with your challenging health issue, whether your own or someone else’s, you probably didn’t think about your...

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How to deal with losing your independence after illness

How to deal with losing your independence after illness

Figuring out how to deal with losing your independence after a serious illness or injury can feel like a really hard task to do. When a serious illness or injury strikes, people often say they lose ‘all semblance of me’. That is partly, and sometimes a big part,...

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How to move on from being depressed about your illness

How to move on from being depressed about your illness

Learning to move on from being depressed about your illness is not a small project. It can feel nigh on impossible. You may feel stuck and sad more than you feel happy, and you wonder if you will ever feel better about yourself, your body and your life. If this helps,...

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What is the impact of anxiety like and how to manage it

What is the impact of anxiety like and how to manage it

The impact of anxiety - What is this like for you? Are you aware of when and how anxiety shows up in your life? How it slides into the driving seat in charge of your choices and actions? Do you know when it all started? Many people have talked to me about the increase...

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How to know if you are wasting your precious energy

How to know if you are wasting your precious energy

Do you feel like you’re wasting your precious energy? You’re living with a serious health issue or a loved one is so you have that to deal with. And life continues to happen, throwing curve balls your way. You’re trying to deal with it all and feeling pretty stressed...

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When is being defined by your disability a good thing?

When is being defined by your disability a good thing?

When is being defined by your disability a good thing? Is it a good thing to be defined by your disability? Or not? You may have a disability and think, ’Yes, I have a disability.’ But you may not consider yourself disabled. I’ve been discussing these questions...

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How to love your body with illness or injury

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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You can find an emotional balance after illness or injury

You can find an emotional balance after illness or injury

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...

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