How Weight and Food Obsessions Disconnect Us and Why This Is so Harmful

How Weight and Food Obsessions Disconnect Us and Why This Is so Harmful

“We are hard-wired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it, there is suffering.” ~Brené Brown I was inducted into diet culture in my early teens and then into the health and fitness industry in my early thirties, when my “fitness journey” had finally really taken off, […]

The Difference Between Easy and Hard Self-Care and Why Both Matter

The Difference Between Easy and Hard Self-Care and Why Both Matter

“Sometimes you’ve got to look straight into the tired eyes of the woman staring back at you in the mirror and tell her that she deserves the best kind of love, the best kind of life, and devote yourself to giving it to her all over again.” ~S.C. Lourie Self-care. An important concept that has […]

Feeling Burnt Out? How to Slow Down and Reclaim Your Peace

Feeling Burnt Out? How to Slow Down and Reclaim Your Peace

“Burnout is a sign that something needs to change.” ~Sarah Forgrave Fifteen years ago, my doctor informed me I was in the early stages of adrenal exhaustion. In no uncertain terms, she warned that if I failed to address the stress I was under, my adrenals might not recover. This was hard to hear, but […]

Why It’s So Hard to Just Rest and Why We Need to Do It

Why It’s So Hard to Just Rest and Why We Need to Do It

“If you don’t give your mind and body a break, you’ll break. Stop pushing yourself through pain and exhaustion and take care of your needs.” ~Lori Deschene In November of 2021, my autoimmune issues flared up. My doctor and I are still unsure which of my conditions—rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia—was the culprit, or if they […]

What Is Stress-Induced Illness? How Trauma Can Cause Physical Pain

What Is Stress-Induced Illness? How Trauma Can Cause Physical Pain

“Wisdom is merely the movement from fighting life to embracing it.” ~Rasheed Ogunlaru Three years ago, I fell into the blind spot of medicine: America’s unknown epidemic. After numerous tests, scans, scopes, and too many doctors to count, modern medicine could not find anything seriously wrong with me. I also consented to have my gallbladder […]

How to Thrive in Life after Surviving Cancer

How to Thrive in Life after Surviving Cancer

“Have a little faith in your ability to handle whatever’s coming down the road. Believe that you have the strength and resourcefulness required to tackle whatever challenges come your way. And know that you always have the capacity to make the best of anything. Even if you didn’t want it or ask for it, even […]

5 Ways to Be Productive with Chronic Illness: How I Built a Business from Bed

5 Ways to Be Productive with Chronic Illness: How I Built a Business from Bed

“The master leads by weakening their ambition and toughening their resolve.” ~Tao Te Ching How much of productivity advice is ableist? Sure, there are lots of good ideas and concepts in there, but most of it is healthy body focused. Advice like: “Be sure to exercise in the morning.” “Get up early before anyone else.” […]

45 Work Self-Care Ideas for Your Physical, Emotional, and Mental Health

45 Work Self-Care Ideas for Your Physical, Emotional, and Mental Health

**This post contains a giveaway—details at the bottom of the post. If you’re reading this in your inbox, click here to participate on the site! “Self-care equals success. You’re going to be more successful if you take care of yourself and you’re healthy.” ~Beth Behrs Does your job ever seem to take over your life? […]

Why Fibromyalgia Is the Greatest Gift of My Life

Why Fibromyalgia Is the Greatest Gift of My Life

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~Rumi TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains discussions of difficult topics, including suicidal depression and a fatal car accident. I’ve always been an active, athletic person. In my twenties I was huge in tennis, squash, and swimming, and I began every morning with an intense workout […]