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Hi all you UK people. The Rheumatology referral criteria has changed. If in doubt check out the NICE guidelines . Makes it much easier.

How Light Affects Bipolar Disorder Patients

How Light Affects Bipolar Disorder Patients

In some parts of the United States snow is already on the ground, in some places it has been for quite a while (hello, Alaska). I do not care for snow. I have lived places with blizzards and they can be fun for a bit but then the dirty slush is left behind and it just feels dirty everywhere. I now live in the South and prefer my winters. I did not see a single snow flake last year and that was perfectly fine with me.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D, is a mental… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Some places with extremely dark winters have found light therapy extremely important. In Sweden, there are cafes where you can have your latte while… read more

posted 2 months ago

10 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

10 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

Instead of the song lyric “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” holidays can be ‘the most stressful time of the year.’ With all there is to do (gifting, decorating, and baking), places to go (cocktail parties, family gatherings, and school recitals), and people to see (friends, family and colleagues), life can feel overwhelming. Here are ten ways to reduce the exhaustion:

Simplify. It is often the addition of things, people, and activities to an already busy life which turns… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Absorb. Nature tends to be the great equalizer in resetting emotions, thoughts, and senses. Take a few minutes every day to absorb the outdoors… read more

posted 2 months ago

20 Dependable Holiday Stress Busters

20 Dependable Holiday Stress Busters

I have a theory regarding holiday stress: In the month of December, high levels of Cortisol (stress hormone) turn 80 percent of the American population into fruitcakes — just like the stale one delivered to your house yesterday.

Because on top of adding 675 things to your to-do list, you’ve now got to deal with the strained relationship with your dad and two brothers. Bummer.

Here, then, are my tips to keep your stress down a notch, so that you don’t turn into a fruitcake or… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

11. Write about it
Recent research by Dr. James Pennebaker, chair of the psychology program at the University of Texas, has concluded that writing… read more

posted 2 months ago

How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the Holidays

How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the Holidays

Do the holidays stress you out? You’re not alone. It’s a hectic time of year for many people, maybe even most people.

Nothing about our usual daily life goes away. The holidays add a layer of activities and responsibilities, both real and imagined, that take up time, money and emotional energy. Even if we enjoy many aspects of the season, there may well be moments when we wish we could rewind the calendar to somewhere in the middle of August.

I can’t reverse the… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Stick to your budget. Forty-five percent of those polled in a recent survey done by Think Finance (a provider of payday loans) said that the financial… read more

posted 2 months ago

10 Things to Do If You’re Alone for the Holidays

10 Things to Do If You’re Alone for the Holidays

For a wide variety of reasons, many of us find ourselves alone for the holidays. With the emphasis on families and being with others, the holidays can be an especially lonely and trying time, even for those of us who are usually okay being on our own. But don’t worry, there are many things you can do to make the holidays a little less lonely when you’re alone.

De-mythologize and adjust expectations. There are so many categories of expectations about the season… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Get through the day. If you’re unable to do any of these things, Rodino tells her patients to just get through it. Read. Sleep. Rent a video. And… read more

posted 2 months ago

More Coping with Holiday Stress Tips

More Coping with Holiday Stress Tips

The holidays can be fun, but they also can be a source of great stress — and no wonder. The holidays are often depicted as a magical time when people reconcile and dreams come true.

How Can You Deal With Continuing Family Problems During The Holidays?

Being realistic is the first step. If you have bad feelings about someone, try and avoid him or her and not make an issue of it but don’t pretend that all is well. This will enable you to feel true to yourself and less stressed… read more

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

If, however, you are unable to shake what you think are “holiday blues” your feelings may not be about the holidays, but about other things in your… read more

posted 2 months ago
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