Negative emotions are not all negative

Negative emotions are not all negative

Negative emotions, such a sadness, anger, guilt, shame and fear can be draining and can contribute to a reduced state of health and wellbeing. Such emotions can also contribute significantly to conditions of fatigue and pain. It goes without saying that when we experience negative emotions, we are not in a particularly happy place or feeling at…

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Is your illness all in the mind?

Is your illness all in the mind?

The Western view of illness and healing has been slow to embrace the significance of non-physical factors in contributing to sickness and health. This is at odds with Eastern thinking where physical problems are generally viewed as the body-mind-spirit being ill-at-ease, or in a state of dis-ease. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) regards that a state…

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Chronic Pain is more than Physical

Chronic Pain is more than Physical

People who experience chronic pain such as Fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), back pain and other chronic conditions, seek all kinds of treatments in the hope of finding relief for their physical symptoms. The primary focus is on treating the physical aspects of the condition in the hope of being free from pain and revitalised…

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Chronic illness: A mental disorder?

Chronic illness: A mental disorder?

Living with chronic illness such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia (CFS/FM) certainly has its trials! There are a myriad of symptoms which present challenges for people, but even worse than these, for many people, is the disbelief of others about the reality of their conditions. Despite the opinions of many, CFS/FM are genuine physical…

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The importance of attending to emotional issues-CFS/Fibromyalgia(3)

The importance of attending to emotional issues-CFS/Fibromyalgia(3)

Universally, people who experience the conditions of CFS, Fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses, have sought a multitude of treatments in an attempt to alleviate their physical symptoms and to improve their quality of life. With debilitation and chronic pain there is a primary focus on the

Balancing a positive attitude with realism: CFS/Fibromyalgia (2)

Balancing a positive attitude with realism: CFS/Fibromyalgia (2)

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. Walt Disney More than likely, most people living with CFS/FM would have been told somewhere along the way by well-meaning