Waiting for disability: what to do with yourself between application and decision
Taking care of yourself | Getting Government assistance

Waiting for disability: what to do with yourself between application and decision

There is a lot of information out there about what you can’t do – working after you have applied for disability is risky.  Furthering your education is also a dicey proposition.  During those months to years of waiting for a decision to be reached, what can you do?  What should you do?  Do you really…

Sleep hygiene for insomnia: Getting a better night’s sleep
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Sleep hygiene for insomnia: Getting a better night’s sleep

So, getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our lives and health.  And most disabling conditions cause or exacerbate sleeping issues.  It’s a frustrating situation, and one that requires some consideration – and some planning to resolve!  Today, let’s talk about what good sleep hygiene is(and isn’t), and what you can(and can’t) realistically do…

Mindful self-compassion
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Mindful self-compassion

Most people have regrets over choices made(or not made), and many people wish their lives were in some way different.  Mindful self-compassion is the practice of being self-aware in the moment and practicing kindness and empathy to yourself while you are there. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ability to live in the moment –…

Disability and Sleep disorders: why we need a good night’s rest
Overcoming Obstacles | Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Disability and Sleep disorders: why we need a good night’s rest

Nearly 20% of the global population has a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can be debilitating themselves, and sleep disorders make other conditions worse.  With our daily patterns and routines disrupted, the only thing that would be surprising would be if our sleep cycles weren’t affected by our disabilities! Why is sleep so important? When you are asleep, your…

I need structure in my life, and you do too!
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

I need structure in my life, and you do too!

 Most people spend much of their lives living within societal structure.  By this, I mean that most people went to school as children, had scheduled work hours as an adult, and otherwise had discrete blocks of time set aside for specific activities.  One of the social problems with a disabling condition is that those of…

I have to pee all the time!  Urinary urgency and incontinence
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I have to pee all the time! Urinary urgency and incontinence

Roughly one in three women will experience urgency(that desperate feeling of needing to pee right now) or incontinence(not being able to keep the pee in until reaching the toilet) at some point in her life.   It is more frequent later in life or shortly after childbirth, but it can hit any woman at any…

Self-care with FND: 8 ways you can help yourself #letstalkfnd
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Self-care with FND: 8 ways you can help yourself #letstalkfnd

Today, in celebration of FND Awareness Day, I want to focus on my fellow FNDers.  For anybody wanting more details on what FND is and how it works, here is my guest-post about FND to promote awareness.  In a nutshell, Functional Neurological Disorder is a neurological condition where stress(especially emotional stress) is expressed in very…