How to Create a Mental Health Reset Day After Bad Days With Chronic Illness

Mental health reset with Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and chronic illness

Chronic illness and mental health: Most people dealing with chronic illness need a mental health reset from time to time.

Even though I think I’m “on the other end” of real debilitation from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Lyme Disease, I still have days (or a handful of days) where I don’t feel so great.

On those days, the waves of physical symptoms hit me and emotions run rampant.

I begin to feel this deep sense of depression sink into me, but it’s a place I don’t want to go again – I can’t go again. I do everything I can to turn it around, while trusting God to guide me.

When emotions run rampant, I know I need to slow down and take some time to care for my body, mind, and soul. I need to think about the full picture, not just the tiny pixel I’m viewing in this moment.

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The Importance of Scheduling Rest When You Have a Chronic Illness

schedule rest with Lyme Disease and chronic illness

Chronic illness and the need for rest.

These two things seem to go hand in hand, don’t they?

As someone who has suffered from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, and a whole host of other chronic conditions, I understand how deeply those of us facing chronic illnesses NEED rest!

We need rest for healing, and we need rest just to get through our days.

But what happens when life is so overwhelming that we don’t seem to get the rest we need? What happens when we feel a little better so we stop prioritizing rest in our lives?

Well, sometimes when we stop planning for rest and start trying to take on all of the things we couldn’t do when we were as debilitatingly sick, we find ourselves backtracking in our health. At least this is what’s happened to me over and over again.

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Why it’s been quiet here…

Jonathan and Emily RyanHey there! If you’ve been a reader of the blog for some time, you may have noticed that things have been very quiet here lately. I haven’t posted in over six months. I’ve also (mostly) gone silent on social media. So what gives?

Well, the truth is I’m healing…or almost fully healed.

I found a program called the Dynamic Neural Retraining System. And God used it to heal my limbic system and put me on a (gradual) path toward better days of health. It’s been a long haul, but it’s been so worth it.

Now I live a mostly “normal” life. And I’m married!

A year ago, I wasn’t sure this was possible. God’s grace got us to where we are today…

You can read more about the journey of healing here.

Thanks for being here! If you are still walking a rough road with chronic illness, I want you to know that I do understand the pain and darkness that accompanies sickness. This blog is a place where a real hope is offered, even through life’s most difficult moments. I’m praying for you.

13 Christmas Gift Ideas for Someone With a Chronic Illness

Christmas Gift Chronic Illness

Buying a Christmas gift for someone with a chronic illness can be challenging. It’s hard to know what someone would want or use when they’re dealing with debilitating symptoms. Life with chronic illness can look a lot different than it does for someone who is healthy, so I created this guide to make finding the right gift for someone with chronic pain or illness easier!

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Here are some gift ideas for those with chronic pain or illness:

1. A gift card to their favorite local store or even a gift card to Amazon.com. Amazon gift cards come in handy when ordering supplements or other necessities. It’s also fun to have money to spend on a book, movie, or other hobby supplies.

Coloring book chronic illness

2. Coloring book and colored pencils – I love coloring books like this one that include scripture. They help ground me in the Word. Twist up colored pencils are my favorite because they’re much easier to use since they don’t require sharpening!

3. A luxurious, warm blanket! A lot of people with chronic illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid conditions, and Lyme Disease have temperature sensitivity. I’ve been eyeing this blanket for a while – I’m even thinking of putting it on my wedding registry because it looks incredibly warm and comforting!

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How DNRS is Helping Me Heal from Lyme Disease

Dynamic Neural Retraining System for Lyme Disease Healing

I’m really excited to tell you about a program that’s made a huge difference in my life as I’ve worked toward healing from chronic illness. Of all the forms of treatment I’ve tried, including both traditional and naturopathic medicine, this is the one thing that’s created the most significant shifts!

The treatment that’s helping me heal is called the Dynamic Neural Retraining System.

What is the Dynamic Neural Retraining System?

The Dynamic Neural Retraining System is a drug free, neuroplasticity-based healing approach to rewire chronic illness disease patterns in the brain as seen in Chemical Sensitivities, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and many other chronic illnesses. It was developed by Annie Hopper, a counselor and chronic illness suffer who rewired her own brain as the means to overcome chronic illness.

In the DVD program, Annie shares her neuroplasticity research and the entire program, which is full of tools to help those suffering from chronic illness regain their health.

Who Can DNRS Help?

According to the Dynamic Neural Retraining System’s website, it can provide relief from: Adrenal Fatigue, Allergies (pollen, food, perfume, chemical, environmental), Anxiety, Asthma, Centralized Sensitivity Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Cognitive Function – memory or brain fog, Depression, Dysautonomia, Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Food Sensitivities, Gulf War Syndrome, Headaches, Heavy Metal Toxicity, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Mold Toxicity, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks, Parkinson’s Disease, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Skin Conditions – eczema, rash, hives.

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A Day in the Life of a Lyme Disease Patient

A Day in the Life of a Lyme Disease Patient

Something I find fascinating about life with Lyme Disease is that it looks different for each person. Each person uses different treatment protocols. Our routines change regularly as we add or take away various forms of treatment.

Some of us Lyme Disease patients work outside the home while others are not able to work. I’ve experienced many forms of working while treating Lyme. At some points, I worked full time. Other times, I did work for a full time job from home when I wasn’t well enough to be in the office. During the worst months with Lyme, I was mostly bedridden,homebound, and unable to work. Now I work part time and also do some other work from home.

I decided to document a day of my life while treating Chronic Lyme Disease to give you a glimpse into my life.

This particular day was off to a later, slower start after being unable to get quality sleep during the night. This was one of the more productive days. In the past, before making more progress with my health, I wasn’t able to do much reading or work on the computer. Now, on the better days, I’m able to do a lot more. Each day is different. Some days I exercise. Other days I need more time in bed. Some days I’m alone all day. Other days, my fiancé, Jonathan comes over. This is an average day in my life as I treat Lyme Disease and work on writing/blogging projects.

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