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This is how I explain my Invisible Illness

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This is how I explain my Invisible Illness

This post was updated on 27/07/18

Invisible disability, or hidden disability, is defined as disabilities that are not immediately apparent. Although the disability creates a challenge for the person who has it, the reality of the disability can be difficult for others to recognise or acknowledge. Others may not understand the cause of the problem, if they cannot see evidence of it in a visible way. This can make it tricky for those of us who live with a chronic illness.

My symptoms vary in severity from week to week, day to day or even per hour sometimes. I find that really frustrating when I don’t know how much I can do in a day etc, however I am very aware that someone might look at me, think I look healthy and not understand why I say I can’t drive, make an arrangement or have to leave early. Knowledge is power as they say, so I thought it would be useful to write about how I explain my invisible illness.

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Self-Development/Books for the Brain

The Self-Love Affair by Katie Phillips

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The Self-Love Affair
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Published: 2015-06-10
To feel happy and connected is your right. Feeling worthy of a life full of love, peace and deep satisfaction is not the Holy Grail. Worry, anger, guilt and a lack of self worth are NOT your truth. The truth of you is free, empowered, abundant and joyful. You shine from the inside out. You are quite something to behold! If you are ready to make the decision to become the best version of you,…

I mentioned The Self-Love Affair book in my Wellbeing Plan for June blog post, that was published last week. I always set myself the goal of reading a self-development book each month. However, I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I am or will be reading this book, but I haven’t got through it. I had a realisation as to why.

This book and some others like it, is more than sitting and reading one page after another. There are exercises to complete through the chapters to help reinforce your learning. You need to have your notebook and pen with you all the time and be prepared to do a combination of reading and writing within the time.

Since re-setting my thinking on this, I've got two thirds through the book! It just goes to show doesn't it, what you can achieve with a change of mind-set.

To Feel Happy and Connected is Your Right.

There are some really interesting exercises about getting to know who you are and what is important to you. The most important aspect for me is you work on self-limiting beliefs. You are worthy of living a full and wonderful life. To some this might sound obvious. To many others who have self-esteem issues, who might be feeling low or that something is not quite right; this book may be just what you need.

As well Katie's first hand experience and the activities, there are other tools to help. Each chapter has a combination of meditations, affirmations and also a song or songs to help reinforce the teachings of that chapter.

This book is a great start for a self-development journey. It is written in every day language, which really helps to explain certain concepts, such as the difference between thoughts, feelings and emotions. I've been clearer on this than I have been for years.

I encourage you to buy the book and start your guide to a daring and mighty life!

I also did a little update on the book on my Facebook Page, here Retrain Brain and Simply Shine Facebook Page 

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Modern Day/Project GTF (MInd, Body and Soul)

Project Get Tina Fit-The Approach for Success

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Project Get Tina Fit-The Approach for Success

I don’t know how many times I’ve started a weight-loss plan, some with more success than others. However here I am, needing to lose weight again! Losing weight is hard. Losing weight when you have are chronically ill? Hmmm. I’ve gone round and round in circles and seem to fall off the bandwagon when I have a symptom flare. I need an approach for success, that will work for me all the time; symptom-free and flare ups.

So what’s my approach?

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Modern Day/Wellbeing Wednesday

How I’ve planned my wellbeing to bring joy in June!

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How I’ve planned my wellbeing to bring joy in June!

Today is my Wellbeing Wednesday! The first Wednesday of the month where I share how I’ve planned my wellbeing for the month ahead.  To read a previous post in this series, click here. and here. I am so excited for this month. I have friends visiting this weekend, then seeing other close friends the week after. Then later in the month, husband and I are going away to Cyprus for a week. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this. We don’t go abroad very often-together. My husband travels a lot for business and it is thanks to that we get to go into the First Class Lounge at the airport and are travelling business class! A glass of Champagne? Ah if I must…

We also have a UK weekend break at the end of June with my husband’s kids. More travelling, exploring and time together. So as I’ll be away from home for nearly two weeks, it is important that the goals;

  • are manageable (realistic in the time-frame) and I am not trying to take on too much. It is important to enjoy my time away too!
  • are goals that I can work on from anywhere

So read on to find out what goals I’ve set myself for the month of June.

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Health/Modern Day/Tips and Tricks

Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

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Tips for Travelling with a Chronic Illness

This post was updated on 29/06/18

We’re at that time of year when you are likely to be thinking about your summer holiday. I am lucky enough that I have three trips that i am looking forward to in the next few months. So I am starting to think about what I can put in place to travel with a chronic illness: manage my symptoms and ensure I have a wonderfully relaxing time. I am sure many others would benefit from this too, so decided to blog about it. I wanted to keep this post quite general, so will apply to more people. So I’ve had a little help from others with a chronic illness. Where they are a fellow blogger, I have included a link to their blog or social media.  

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