Adding to the Pile of Good Things: Electric Heater

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” – Doctor Who In the last couple of weeks the weather’s done that thing … Continue reading Adding to the Pile of Good Things: Electric Heater

Aboard the Ship Self-Help 3: Coping Stones

Well, the self-help journey has lasted for three blog posts, which can’t be said for some of my previous endeavours! First I’ll take a quick look back at my last post and what I assigned myself as homework: “What I want to do next is to have a serious think about what I’m going to … Continue reading Aboard the Ship Self-Help 3: Coping Stones

Adding to the Pile of Good Things: the Brain Frog

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” – Doctor Who Well, it’s been rather over a week since I wrote about … Continue reading Adding to the Pile of Good Things: the Brain Frog

Chronic Illness vs the Environment

Content warning: Ableism This post is proving surprisingly painful to write. I’ve cared a lot about the environment and made a lot of progress in doing things in a more environmentally friendly way in the past. It’s been very hard to reconcile that with my drastically altered needs as a chronically ill person, and the … Continue reading Chronic Illness vs the Environment

Aboard the Ship Self-Help 2: But won’t being vulnerable make me really vulnerable…?

I’ve just finished reading the introductions and first chapter of Rising Strong, and listening to the corresponding episode of the podcast Big Strong Yes. It’s really an introduction to the whole concept of what Brené Brown calls ‘rising strong’. What she’s talking about is how you get up again after a fall. Even a really … Continue reading Aboard the Ship Self-Help 2: But won’t being vulnerable make me really vulnerable…?

Welcome to my Voyage on the Good Ship Self-Help

Greetings, dear reader. Why yes, now that you mention it I am feeling rather chipper and I’m making the most of it. I’ve just finished listening to an excessively hilarious podcast, I’m about to start listening to the commentary on the Doctor Who story Enemy of the World (ermagaahhhd so good), and I’ve been chatting … Continue reading Welcome to my Voyage on the Good Ship Self-Help

Adding to the Pile of Good Things

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” – Doctor Who I often shy away from positivity, not because I prefer being … Continue reading Adding to the Pile of Good Things

I Hate Having Carers: A Rant

It’s been a bad week. On Tuesday I had to bring up issues with two of my carers, something which inevitably produces fun anxiety symptoms like tummy problems, pins and needles in my hands, constant rocking in an attempt to self-soothe, and an inability to rest. It’s so frustrating. These are not big issues, yet … Continue reading I Hate Having Carers: A Rant

What are These Boundary Things and How do I get One?

DO you read self-help books? HAVE you been in therapy? ARE you on social media? IN FACT are you a person who is alive in the world (well, the rich white western world, anyway)? If so then you, like me, probably know all too well that you CANNOT have a good relationship or, like, life, … Continue reading What are These Boundary Things and How do I get One?

Why Can’t I Just Ask For Stuff?

It should be easy but it's not. I’ve got other things to write about but this has been bugging me. Why can’t I just ask for stuff? On the face of it it’s simple, but really it isn’t. It’s so complicated that often it just becomes impossible. It’s been a problem with me for, like, … Continue reading Why Can’t I Just Ask For Stuff?