Health and wellbeing are a major focus for us here at The Patch, because quite frankly they need to be. Between us, TJ and I have 5 different chronic health diagnoses, and our medicine cupboard sometimes feels like it could stock a pharmacy!
But as much as we are thankful for the medications that help us cope with our most challenging symptoms, we also believe in a holistic approach to health that covers everything from the day-to-day activities that can specifically affect our health (diet, exercise, reduction of stress) to more general practices such as mindfulness and yoga.
It is this approach that has helped us to deal with some truly challenging times over the past few years, and it is also in sharing our journey through chronic illness, getting diagnoses, and developing coping strategies that we have found positive ways forward. Some of my most popular posts both here on the blog and across social media have been those where I have honestly opened up about our difficulties and how we are dealing with them, something I have recently come to term “my healing journey”. And so I will continue to share our experiences openly for as long as they help us and others.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the health and wellbeing posts here at The Patch, you can find all of them here. I’ve also listed some of my favourite posts below.
This post was perhaps my most honest post ever about just how hard it is to accept your limits and simply rest when life gets really tough!
This post was written following an appointment with the gastroenterologist who pointed out that my digestive system might benefit from changes to the way I eat.
I loved writing this post, as it was a real revelation to me! Affirmations work, not because they change your circumstances, but because they change the way you perceive the things that happen in your life.