Getting outside and into nature is one of the best activities we can do for ourselves. We all know that there are real healing properties in nature whether you are taking a walk, going on a hike, or just sitting on a bench admiring the beauty. Nature is always there for us and it is our best resource for total wellbeing. Nature can touch our souls, minds, and bodies; it can give energy and it can calm energy. But nature never takes anything away from us.
When I am deep in nature with no cars or buildings around, I have an overwhelming sense of being completely connected to, well, everything. And I love that feeling. This connection is what I bring back home with me so I can recall it whenever I have a stressful day or feel ill. (more…)
I am pleased to announce the new SjogrensLife website! It took me a bit longer than I expected to design, but a website (instead of blog-only) is necessary. I will now be able to offer some of the items that I am passionate about bringing to you. I had fun creating it and choosing bright colors to lift up our spirits.
Think of the new SjogrensLife as our “Autoimmune Disease Lifestyle” home. It’s not the lifestyle we wanted, but it’s the one we have! And I want us all to make the most of our lives! The tagline has stayed the same ” Navigating Life with an Autoimmune Disease” but the offering has expanded. With this new format, it will be easier to find product ideas, resources, lifestyle choices, and blog posts that address what you are seeking. And if something is NOT on the site, please do let me know what interests you.
Let me take you through some of the highlights of the site…I hope you like it! (more…)
We’ve all heard it… You don’t look sick! When you live with an autoimmune disease, this comment is common. How do you react and then respond?
There are times when I’m happy to hear this comment and times when I’m displeased. I do have a prepared response for this statement, but it doesn’t always fit my emotional or intellectual needs at the time. I hear the comment often enough (and I know you do as well) that I thought it a worthy topic to explore. My hope is that this article gives you ideas to help you craft your best response for any situation.
I believe there are a number of factors to consider when determining the best response to You Don’t Look Sick. Consider your:
- Disease activity level.
- Emotional status.
- Time since diagnosis.
- Relationship to the person.
Each time someone tells you that you don’t look sick, you need to examine your answers to all of these questions and ask yourself the ultimate question:
Why do you care?