Toni Bernhard's Twenty Tips For Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Cort

Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
Staff member
The first one is a doozie! We or rather I struggle with and get upset at my body sooo much.....

Here are the first three.

Toni's new book "How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide," is out! I look forward to reading it.
1. Your body is not the enemy.

Quite the opposite; it’s working hard to support you. There’s a chapter in the book titled “Appreciating the Wondrousness of the Human Body.” Your body is indeed wondrous. Even so, it’s also vulnerable to illness and injury, so it deserves your compassion not your anger.

2. It’s not your fault that you have health problems.

Everyone struggles with his or her health at some point in life. Don’t make things worse by adding self-blame to your list of challenges.
3. Accepting that life is uncertain, unpredictable, and doesn’t always conform to your wishes is the first step toward making peace with your circumstances.

In the book, I call this making peace with a life upside down.

You can find the rest of them here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201509/20-tips-living-well-chronic-pain-and-illness
 

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