4 Tips for Dealing with Unsolicited Health Advice

Despite our attempts to be honest with family and friends about not wanting advice, some may continue to give it. This calls for self-protection in the form of self-compassion.

Which Buddhist Teachings Might Be Most Helpful?

Examine the teachings in light of your understanding of what is harmful and leads to suffering, and what is beneficial and leads to peace and well-being.

Denial Only Makes Chronic Pain and Illness Worse

It’s better to live within the limits of what I can reasonably do than to pretend things are as I wish they would be.

Give Your Mind a Rest: Practice Not-Thinking

Discursive thinking—the constant stream of one thought following another—is a deeply ingrained habit. It’s so ingrained that we often start thinking just to occupy our minds.

14 Tips from 14 Years Sick

#14: When all else fails, go to bed.

You Can't Fix Everything

I’m much more at peace since I stopped trying to fix everyone’s life, including my own.

How to Cope with Side-Effects of Medications

Many of us who suffer from chronic pain and illness are on medications with side-effects that, in some cases, can be as difficult to cope with as our initial health problems.

Four Years Out: My Favorite “Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces

My personal favorites cover a broad range of subjects and are spread evenly across the four years. I invite you to browse through the list and read those that spark your interest.

Adoption Diary Pt. 3: My Daughter in Her Own Words

Before I became a mother, I had thought of my life as having begun when I was adopted.

8 Pet Peeves about Doctors

I’ve had some excellent medical care but the following have happened to me and others multiple times, so I think it’s fair to call them Pet Peeves.

How to Talk to Yourself

When the going gets rough, I often speak to myself silently or softly in a soothing and compassionate voice.

Caught Off-Guard by Breast Cancer: First Impressions

Except for what I’ve been told by people who’ve written to me about their experiences with cancer, this was a new medical arena for me.

Mental Contrasting: A Smart Alternative to Positive Thinking

Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it.

A Before and After Snapshot of Chronic Illness, Part 2

Since posting a "before" and "after" piece on life with chronic pain and illness, I’ve added sufficiently to the list that I thought I’d create Part 2. Here it is!

Christmas Traditions You May (or May Not) Wish to Celebrate

If you’re feeling ho hum about the same old Christmas traditions, check out these Christmas celebrations.

Surviving the Holidays when You’re Chronically Ill

For the chronically ill—which includes those who suffer from chronic pain—the holidays can feel like a no-win situation.

What to Do When Gratitude Is in Short Supply

If gratitude is hard to find at the moment, see if you can find just a thing or two that might help you feel good about the life you have. In other words, think small.

I’m Sick But What Is Wrong with Me?

I've been sick and in pain since May of 2001. Recently I’ve found myself saying: “Enough is enough. What’s wrong with me? Why do I feel as if I have the flu all the time?”

Let Autumn Lift Your Spirits

That first crisp fall morning when I need to put on a sweater before going outside is one of my favorite moments of the year. It feels like a new beginning.

How Distorted Thinking Increases Stress and Anxiety

"Personalization" is a trigger for self-blame. It occurs when you erroneously see yourself as the cause of an external negative event, even though you weren’t responsible for it.

Anything Can Happen at Any Time

“Anything can happen at any time” was a comment made at a Buddhist retreat by one of my favorite teachers —Joseph Goldstein.

20 Quotations on Generosity—a Profound Act of Kindness

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” —Simone Weil

Puppy Pitfalls: Are Pets and Chronic Illness a Good Match?

In early June, my husband and I brought 12 week-old puppy into our house to join us and our 9 1/2 year-old hound dog, Rusty.

When Chronic Illness Makes You World Weary: A Guest Post

In August of 2009, Theresa Johnson was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjögren's Syndrome, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Top 10 Song Titles that Capture Chronic Pain and Illness

Thank you David Letterman for coming up with the Top Ten List. To bad "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

What It’s Like to Take a Vacation While Chronically Ill

Am I sorry I went? No. I freely agreed to go. I’m writing this piece to share what it can be like for a sick person to travel.

Surprisingly Modern Wisdom From Ancient Greeks and Romans

These ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and statesmen used few words to express pearls of wisdom that stand up today as guidelines for living wisely and compassionately.

13 Tips From 13 Years Sick

When I began to write for Psychology Today over 3 years ago, one of the first articles I posted was called “10 Tips from 10 Years Sick.” It’s three years later and I’m still sick.

7 Myths About Mindfulness

I’ve been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years.I think there are several misconceptions floating around about it. This piece covers seven myths about mindfulness.

How to Help Your Caregiver

This piece covers several ways in which you can ease your caregiver’s burden. It focuses on caregivers who are partners but these suggestions can be used to help other caregivers

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