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It’s All In Your Head

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It's All in Your Head
Published: 2016
A neurologist explores the very real world of psychosomatic illness. Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how dramatic our body's reactions to emotions can sometimes be.

I've been looking to finish this book for a while, I know if I promised a book review I'd have the motivation!

What I will say is don't let the title put you off. It is misleading and I know some people have taken it the wrong way. It's in your head because it's a neurological condition. As it's in your head, it doesn't mean its not true. Suzanne O'Sullivan saw patients in the clinic with physical symptoms that were struggling to understand the symptoms could have a neurological cause. When on a day to day basis we accept the mind and body connection more readily. If you get embarrassed you might blush, or if you feel worried you might feel sick. So why not accept the connect when it comes to more complex issues.

Keen followers of mine, might have seen that I've teased this book for a while. It has taken some time to read through. It can take a fair bit of concentration due to the medical language and my wanting to absorb so much of the information. The other reason is that some of the details in the case studies reminded me of my situation, so I had to be emotionally strong enough to read it.

Suzanne O'Sullivan has a plea at the end of the book for there to be a change in the way these illness are viewed. "Doctors should be less afraid of this diagnosis...and more compassionate to the sufferers. Medical schools should teach their students about this disorder, create better doctors. Medical professionals need to stop placing this unqualified diagnosis right at the bottom of their list."

There is so much information in this book, I'm definitely going to read it again. However I'm so pleased that I've finally finished it and it was worth the wait.

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Wellbeing/Wellbeing

Introducing: Self-Care Boosts for Spoonies

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Introducing: Self-Care Boosts for Spoonies

When I talk about self-care do you know what I mean?  It is something that is very often over-looked, but the impact of daily self-care can make a huge difference to our mental health and wellbeing. Some people get scared off when they hear self-care, thinking its going to time consuming and expensive. Self-care isn’t about a day at a spa, although they are wonderful every now and again. Self-care for me is daily self-care activities that benefit your mind body or soul. Its like putting a deposit in your energy bank. And we could all do with that.  So let’s explore this further.

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Tips and Tricks

Top Ten Tips for Managing FND

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Top Ten Tips for Managing FND

Having FND can be unnerving to say the least, scary even sometimes. I’ve been asked a couple of times recently if I have any tips for managing FND. This is exactly why I got into blogging about my FND journey so I’m thrilled. There’s so much more I’d like to do with this, but for now I’m able to bring you Top Ten Tips for Managing FND.

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Finding Your Way to Start the New Year

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Finding Your Way to Start the New Year

Do you feel under pressure to set new year’s resolutions or goals, similar to what you are seeing other people are setting? Does it make you feel overwhelmed or worried? Maybe it feels like everyone else has their plans figured out but you don’t. Finding your way to start the new year might help you to feel content and confident to go forward.

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Learning/What is FND/Chronic Illness?/Resources/Freebies/Shine in Self-Care Group/Useful Links/Lifestyle/Wellbeing

Exciting Changes Are Happening!

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Exciting Changes Are Happening!

I'm working hard behind the scenes to improve and develop Retrain Brain and Simply Shine. You can see from the menu what you will soon be enjoying.

If you would like to be the first to find out about the changes, you can subscribe to my mailing list, by clicking on the link below!

Retrain Brain and Simply Shine-Tina Russell

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

Four Weeks of Monitoring My Health-Helpful Experience?

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Four Weeks of Monitoring My Health-Helpful Experience?

Do you monitor the symptoms of your chronic illness? Can you predict when your health will be affected by external factors? I was intrigued to know if there was any sort of pattern to my energy levels but also what I might be able to do to improve them. I decided to monitor for the month of September. Here’s how I got on.

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

When you feel overwhelmed and need to calm down

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When you feel overwhelmed and need to calm down

This post was updated on 18/12/18

Do you feel overwhelmed? Maybe a feeling of not being in control? I know the feeling. It happens to me when there is lots to do, I may be out of my usual routine, I haven’t slept well and I just don’t know where to start, because priorities seem different. In fact that was me this morning. EVERYTHING was frustrating! I kept thinking that I have lots to do but couldn’t focus because I felt worried that I might not be working on the right thing. Ah and maybe I should just tidy the kitchen while I …..right stop!

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When I Need to Say No to the To-Do List (and Rest)

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When I Need to Say No to the To-Do List (and Rest)

In my latest post on Simply Shine, I said that I have been in danger of getting over-whelmed. Life has been busy recently and there is only so much juggling I can do!  I’m not there and have caught it in time through self-awareness and recognising how it manifests for me. However now is the time to take a step back, reassess and to do that I need to say no to the to do list.

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