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Mental Mondays: Our 11 top tips for mental strength

17 Feb 14
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Thank you to everyone who commented on my post Being Mentally Strong with Chronic Illness. From your comments I have managed to create a list of tips from the chronically ill for mental strength.

Here are our 11 Top Tips for Mental Strength:

  1. Focus on the positives in any situation.

  2. Listen to your body.

  3. Handle the bumps in the road with poise.

  4. Explore new boundaries. Do whatever it takes.

  5. Find Balance.

  6. Be Passionate.

  7. Allow yourself to fail.

  8. Be The Reed and not The Oak.

  9. Pace!

  10. Find joy.

  11. Just breathe through it.

I’ve turned these tips into an infographic which you can see, along with a longer description of each, on the new page:

11 Top Tips for Mental Strength from the Chronically Ill

Please head over and take a look.

What do you think of our top 11 Tips?

Would you add anything else?

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  1. Helen Ross February 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Megan. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue in 1998. I won’t go into my story here, suffice to say, that my whole body was literally ‘falling apart’. I couldn’t even walk up and down the back stairs to feed my dog without feeling exhausted. After visiting many doctors, and receiving some wonderful advice, the best advice I can give you (apart from your wonderful 11 tips for Mental Strength) is that food plays a big part in recovery from Chronic fatigue. I know you probably know this. I am not sure what changes you have made, but research has shown that gluten and dairy (especially gluten) should be avoided. Sorry, if I am stating something you prob already are aware of. My gluten levels were very high (that of a coeliac). Once I became my own guinea pig and experimented with certain foods, I was on the road’ to recovery, alongside some physiotherapy, meditation, and taking things a step at a time, etc. All your tips are fantastic – just managing what you can do, without being too hard on yourself. Sleeping your life away, as a couple of my friends have done upon being diagnosed with CFS, is a big no no. Just doing a little bit, and pacing yourself is a step in the right direction. It is wonderful that you have the right mental attitude. Never give up – you will get that vitality back. I did – I still avoid gluten products like the plague, though some soy milks do have barley, and gluten derivatives, and with that I still get a ‘fuzzy’ head at times. All the best. xHelen

    • Megan S February 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing Helen. I definitely am gluten and dairy free and have been for over a year (before I actually crashed) but I do agree that diet plays a big part in our overall health. 🙂

  2. anxiousgeek February 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Love Number 8!

    • Megan S February 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks 🙂 That was contributed by BranchingMama from

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