Chronic illness is a bitch. I know this first hand. As someone who has had anxiety and depression on and off for most of my adult life and Fibromyalgia for at least the last five, I know what it’s like to have chronic illness and chronic pain creep into your life, permeate your existence and literally change everything from the shoes you wear to how often you see other humans. But there are things you can do that will really make a difference...
If you’re going to kick some serious goals, you need the energy to do it. If you’re already working, and you’re already a Mum or Dad then you’ve got enough on your plate as it is. In order to do additional stuff, that energy and focus and motivation and clarity needs to come and you need your health to be in a vibrant state. You don’t just need to not be sick… you need vitality.
I can’t tell you how much having structure and routine makes me thrive. I love what I do, I love being able to help people and I especially love creating content that helps people to create a better life for themselves. Which is largely why I’m jumping straight into the deep end; coming back with a bang.
It really doesn't take long for chronic pain to put you in a dark hole. Prone to depression or not, you can get there quickly when chronic pain is a factor. When your whole body hurts, even things you are meant to enjoy get invaded by the pain. It's pervasive, it's relentless and it doesn't care what mood you're in or how hard you are trying not to feel pain or how hard you are trying to not be afraid of being in pain.
The truth is, this week, I am struggling. It’s not a morbid, depressed and anxious type of struggle it’s more of a seeking, a searching for something I can’t seem to put my finger on. I don’t know exactly how to put that into words, and it’s possible that this is something that happens almost every time I have some time off.
One of the biggest challenges in creating a great life, especially if you come from a traumatic background, is learning how to create a safe space for yourself.When you grow up surrounded by drama and people with drama fuelled lives it's easy to believe that that is normal. Violence, rage, manipulation and edginess can easily become what you are used to and especially when you yourself are part of that cycle it is super hard to get out of.
Delia turned her back on conventional talking therapy, after completing her Masters in Psychology. Since then she's immersed herself in the fascinating world of nutrition and the brain and offers a focused and insightful approach - based on solid science - into how specific foods can improve your mood, concentration, memory and learning ability as well as help you stay calm and happy in our busy, stressful world, regardless of your age!
I know sometimes it’s hard. Sh*t happens. When it rains it pours, when one thing goes wrong it can very easily snowball into everything turning to crap. You can lose your mojo. You can feel stuck, powerless and miserable. You can literally hate your life. I’m not here to judge you for that. I know what it’s like. I’m here to tell you how you can turn it around, and how by doing so you can actually begin to create one that makes you feel inspired, empowered and that not only lights you up, but lights up those around you.