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Stress often increases levels of pain, so staying on track with top-level projects will help manage both your stress and pain levels. Not only will this help you become more focused and productive, but it will also prevent long-term pain. 4. Take exercise breaks.

This is a very important part of dealing with pain at work. 1. Take regular breaks and stay hydrated. Living with chronic pain at work can be taxing, and taking regular breaks ensures that the body stays in motion while giving muscles. Take breaks.

Use regular breaks as a way to bring your pain management practices into the workplace. If getting up and stretching helps your chronic pain, be sure to. 5. Keep your workspace clear and clean. A cluttered desk is a symptom of a cluttered mind, and clearing both will keep you organized, decrease your stress levels and help you finish your work more efficiently. As mentioned above, lower stress levels often correlate with lower pain levels, so this is crucial if you have chronic pain.

The best thing you can do when it comes to managing chronic pain in the workplace is to be realistic about your expectations and steadfast with your self care plan. A comprehensive self care plan includes managing your physical pain. To celebrate the release of my new book, How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide, I’ve made a list of 20 tips to help with the health challenges all us. 25 Chronic Pain Management Tips (In More Detail) 1.Get A Good Nights Sleep. The results of a study conducted in late 2017 by the Pain Research and Treatment Journal, showed that about a quarter of chronic pain.

As pain psychologist Ted Jones, PhD, points out in The 5 Coping Skills Every Chronic Pain Patient Needs, how patients think about their pain is critical to success. “Catastrophizing”—telling yourself that your pain is the worst pain. Talk with your co-workers about your pain so they can understand and possibly assist you in your efforts to manage your pain on the job. Time your medications. Try adjusting the timing of your medications to increase the level of pain relief at certain times of your work day, or to avoid experiencing unwanted side effects (e.g. sleepiness) at work. Living with chronic pain is challenging. It can interfere with your ability to do everyday activities such as going to work, taking a walk, or playing with your children.

Incorporating lifestyle changes can help ease your daily pain level. See our 5 tips for helping to manage your chronic pain.

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Ask the client to set a comfort-function goal by selecting a pain level on the selfreport tool that will allow performance of desired or necessary activities of daily living with relative ease (e.g., ambulation, self-care) or achieve acceptable quality of life.

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  • Hi Brian, great video and tips again. Thanks a lot for this.

    I’m already working over 10 years from home, with very remote teams and wanted to add some comments on this one.

    Super important to me are: routines, workspace, regular work connections, and family agreements

    Not only morning routing is important but all-day routine. My work routines have changed over the years

    build in breaks and leisure routines. Sometimes also not predicted. Add them in your agenda.

    super important is a designated space

    And an agreement with the rest of the family/friend, when they can disturb and when certainly not, and how.

    My 2 cents

  • Thank you so much. Everything you said was just about spot on to the struggle I live with. I have had chronic pain for most of my adult life. I have been diagnosed over and over with depression when the reality is the pain is paralyzing and the depression is a symptom NOT the cause.

  • Something that I’ve found helps me with the to-do lists is to include more mundane things that you have to do/ would do normally anyway like taking your meds, eating, bathing, etc. so that way you can check things off of your list and feel like you’re making progress without having JUST the big responsibilities and commitments or chores on your list where then you don’t know where to start. Sometimes I’ll even put something on my list and check it off retroactively (like I’ll mark that I need to wash my hair after I’ve already done it) so that way I don’t put too much pressure on myself to do it if I’m not sure if I’ll have the energy to, but I still feel accomplished when/if I do.

  • I really loved this and appreciated it so much. Thank you for making this! I am saving it so I can have it as a reminder whenever I forget some of the things you mentioned:)

  • Just saw this video mentioned on Emily XR Pan’s IG account. I’ve had migraines since I was 16, but in October 2016 (my mom died) my migraines went chronic and neck pain came along for the ride. It’s super hard to write when you can’t brain. I take a ton of different supplements b/c the preventative meds always just make me feel crappy. It’s also hard b/c most people really don’t understand. <3

  • I felt this sooooo deeply. This is super great advice. As someone with similar issues, I’m going to take your advice to heart. Sometimes I find it hard to be kind to myself and take it easy on bad pain days and it just makes me frustrated and angry so I end up pushing through and suffering worse for it later, but you’re right. We’ve got to be realistic about what we’re truly capable of when dealing with chronic pain.

  • Thanks for this video. I suffer from generalised anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. My doctor is also referring me to a neurologist as she also thinks I have chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. With 2 kids to look after and a job to go to, I really needed these tips! I have been off work for the past month due to a flare up of my symptoms and am finding it so hard to get anything done. I find going for a walk by myself and yoga to be helpful!

  • I can completely relate to ALL of this.
    Fibromyalgia…. I describe it to people as “Being tortured day in and day out, for the rest of your life”

    I get told CONSTANTLY I need to just exercise more. It’s all my weight.
    But that’s not what’s going on. Yea I know my weight adds to the pain because its more strain on my body. But that’s not WHY.
    I was a SUPER active kid. I did all kinds of sports. Biking, Rollerblading, Skate boarding, Climbing trees, buildings, fences, practically parkour like activity I did so much crazy shit.
    And I was still experiencing all these things. (Though at the time it had just started popping up so it was at a milder level then it is now)
    The weight is more of a result of the pain + limited ability to do things as I got older.
    My first huge flare/down fall in health, occured when I was being really active and even happy (As I also have depression/anxiety).
    I was working at a petstore, training to be a dog trainer (Big life time dream of mine), was active training dogs and going on walks/bike rides with the dog for excercise almost daily. My job at the pet store included physical activity all day. So It’s not like I was being lazy when things PLUMMETED down hill.

    I am lucky enough to have an amazing spouse, who has been there for me through all the flares and down hill steps in my health.
    To the point where I havn’t had a legitimate job for 4 years. They’ve been supporting me. I do art here and there for some income help but otherwise they are now supporting me and allowing me to really limit/control how much strain I put on my body now.
    Which I couldn’t before. I HAD to do things and it was destroying me.
    Ever since i’ve been out of work and the spouse has been supporting me, I have improved. Not in the since that the pain has gone away. Its still completely there.
    But I have WAYYY less flares. The fog has subsided tremendously in its quantity. When im able to do more I do more, and when I can’t I don’t have to.
    It does make me feel a lot of guilt for not being able to contribute more to the relationship and the financial stability of things.
    But at the same time im incredibly greatful and appreciative that I Have a spouse who is ok with the fact that I can’t. Because it really has helped me a lot.
    I was getting to a point before where I didn’t want to continue living through the pain. But now I am living and enjoying life and happy with my spouse and have figured out, mostly, how to work around my pain and limitations.
    I can take a shower and take a nap after if I need to, because its an exhausting task. Or I can do a chore or two, what im able to manage, and then not do anything else the rest of the day because that was my limit. Or I can choose not to do anything all day, because I know I want to cook dinner for the spouse and if I do anything else before then I wont have the energy to cook.

    All in all. I loved being able to hear all this. I seriously relate to it. Thank you. <3

  • I’m struggling right now because I really want to pursue theatre but I cannot do classes in person and being blind adds an even larger hurdle to that. Not to mention the cost is impossible to handle when on a fixed income. And the organization that was allowing me to go to school without having to worry about student debt is an organization that helps people with vision problems go back to school or help them get jobs. Which is great when not really having to worry about other physical problems but they prefer and want their clients to do in person classes and it has been proven that I cannot physically and mentally handle doing so. Sorry, this was not supposed to be a rant comment. Would just love to pursue theater but it’s not a thing that is really able to be done online, not to mention the cost:-(

  • 1.getting up at same time every morning
    2.getting dressed as it leaves a psychological effect on your mind
    3.establish a certain place where you are supposed to work for a particular office time period while working from home
    4.take proper breaks eg.follow pomodoro technique (50-10 principle)
    5.oops i forgot

  • Thank you for this. I’m a single (for ten years) working parent of three children working as a teacher, so the amount of work I do outside of the hours I get paid for is considerable. I’m also studying my bachelors of education from home part-time. I suffer from ongoing anxiety and panic attacks, as does my youngest child (worse than me these days). I also have IBS. My youngest and eldest children both have sensory processing disorder, which presents itself in very different but significant ways for each of them. My eldest has a speech delay and learning difficulties due to his SPD mainly being auditory. My youngest throws up a fair bit (when he was little it was three or four times a day) and struggles around food smells due to his SPD mostly being olfactory.

    I have a job roster on the fridge for the children. They each have one designated kitchen job and room of the house to tidy each night so, for example, one child might have the job of unloading the dishwasher and making sure the back entrance is tidy on their day. The jobs only take them ten minutes at most, but it keeps the house presentable and ensures I have a clean kitchen to cook in when I get home from work.

  • Hey, Izzy nice video. You did a good job explaining some great tips for balancing out activities so you don’t overdo it. By, the way I’m a new subscriber…I’m viewer of Hannah channel and I just finished watching your collaboration video with Hannah. I have two dogs and when I’m stressed out I spend time talking, petting and playing with them…it makes me feel a lot better. It’s good you have your two beautiful cats to comfort you. What is your cats name and are they boy or girl cats? Izzy, I take short naps doing the afternoon hours this help me get my second energy. Some of my family members don’t understand why I take naps but, I need my rest when I feel the need to (or) I’m extremely tired and I can’t push myself anymore. Thanks for the tips I will be using a few of them to help me cope with life better. Take care and have a great day!!! ☺☺

  • Thanks for the tips, this was something I really struggled with the last couple days. I have some very important deadlines that I need to meet so I really gotta get out of this. I am going to give myself a little bit of a break today since I had to do a gastric emptying study, but tomorrow I am going to start trying some of these things. I tend to procrastinate a lot especially when I don’t feel well. So thanks for the tips.

  • Once again, perfect timing Sarah:) me and my boys are unwell, house is a mess and there it is your good advices, right on time… Thank you so much, lots of love from Poland (where it’s freezing by the way).

  • This was So good Sarah!! I loved how you touched on all types of “illness” and I love all your tips for still managing a household in the midst of such things…I think that when people are dealing with illness and feel they can’t keep the house going, it just makes you feel all the worse for it, so being able to deal with illness and have a system so you maintain your home is so great! I LOVE that you used Minimalism as one of you best tips! It is SO true!!! Its one of my many reasons for being a minimalist!
    I don’t have a chronic illness but I do have a debilitating spinal disorder that causes me almost daily pain, sometimes its mild others I am on the couch for days. Eventually I will need surgery to correct the many issues. Looking at me you would never know anything was wrong, but look at my xrays and they tell a diff story. It causes extra fatigue at times as well. So being minimal has helped me deal with my stuff now, and manage what I bring in for the future for when I can’t physically sort and deal with it all. I have even had to stay on top of a zone cleaning routine to help so I don’t cause myself extra pain by trying to do the whole house in one day, BUT minimalism and not having SO much stuff to dust or wipe around, makes those cleaning jobs so easy!!
    Thanks for sharing this! Another great video as always!!

  • My top tip is to meal prep in the morning, I am too tired in the evening and it creates many kitchen accidents. I meal prepped today for the next three days just in case I don’t feel well. I pre plan all my meals ahead.if time.

  • A day should start off with the productive routine. That makes you productive all day long and you want to accomplish a little more through out the day.
    Everyone has a daily routine to follow but it depends that the routine you follow how effective it is. Is it productive or non productive.

  • I’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. I’m working through what the best diet would be for me considering possible food triggers. Is your condition the primary reason you eat the way you do or are there other considerations? Thanks for sharing this video! I’m mostly decluttered but still have areas to work on. God bless ��

  • I have always had OCD when it comes to making a list or organizing things or events. If I make a to-do list, I typically get those things done within a day or a few days. If I do not make a list, then I do not get things done. When dealing with my chronic pain, I will do a task/chore, then sit for a bit. Get up and do another task/chore, then take another break.

  • Loved this! Thankyou so much Sarah! So helpful. You are a sweetheart. I really love your simple meals, they too have been helpful during this time where I need to simplify because of illness. Funny how you mention the convenience items. The kids have been using baby wipes for cleaning haa just for the convenience but i should have a look at what would be more economical to use. Lots of hugs from your neighbours in Brisbane Aus ���� P.s prayers of healing for you my dear.

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  • Great tips. I have m.s so I definitely understand. I’ve been binge watching your videos getting inspired for my move. I saw one with veggie sausage, stir fry. It looks good but I can’t tell what the jar of sauce be is. Could you tell me what it is?

  • This video helped so much because I am constantly trying to be semi useful to my parents but my body says no. Also hello from St. Louis!

  • Izzy you are so young. For a minute imagine having 2 kids (one of which is Autistic) and so much responsibility with mortgages and bills, so Izzy take my advice… Do all of your education now because life gets crazy later. I’ve been unable to work for the past 6 years and
    My brain fog it’s so bad that I can’t even tackle my sons needs let alone additional education for a new career.
    ��Get at your Education for me please!

  • A lot of these techniques are fairly clever. It really is impressive how maintain such a strict schedule while experiencing your illnesses. Do you ever completely fail at maintaining your schedule? What happens if you fall asleep midday and your sleep schedule is out of sorts? Usually that results in a long term negative spiral for me.

  • Thank you for sharing these tips. I’m coming off of about a month and a half of a nerve pain flare up, it hurt even when I was just sitting still. My bare minimum for the kitchen is the same as yours and even that wasn’t happening. The dishes would get washed (and mostly only because my husband does the dishes after dinner for me) but not dried and put away, so we would have to rummage through the sink to find clean dishes. I was able to keep up with washing laundry every day more or less but it wasn’t getting folded so we had to rummage through the clean laundry to find anything. We were eating out several times a week, the problem is that all the processed eat out food was making the nerve pain worse, and it became a miserable cycle.

    The tip about freezing meals is great and if I can manage it I might be able to lessen the next flare up since we wouldn’t have to eat out as much.

  • I really appreciate this great personality and have been following some of his great ideas that inspired me.
    Even I tried my small effort here.
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  • 8:30 i feel you thats my life the last year, i work as a pixel artist and i really feel bad when i have to stop every danm 30min to 1h

  • I appreciate this video and I am sorry about your chronic illness struggles. I also struggle with a chronic illness that has impaired my day to day life with worsening through the years. Minimalism and downsizing the size of our home has helped me and my family! Just having a smaller place to clean, a shorter walk to get things, put away things, and etc really saves energy. I hope to minimize and downsize more! Your channel keeps me inspired!

  • Im irritated because I have hEDS AND aspergers so I feel like my productivity is just pure garbage. I desperately want to amount to something and I feel so defeated. How do you stay positive when you feel blah ��?

  • Going to be a nannan and grandad daughter been sick all the time though been pregnant gone back into hospital tonight hope your ok? Have to get careers in and hubby has to do a lot it’s hard been ill xxx

  • I am productive with your tips of producitivy during my work-from-home, but I like to accomplish my wishlists to be fulfilled during my work-from-me. What would you suggest? Many Thanks!

  • All the greats put in a lot of hard work and then their results show. Kobe and his early morning workouts before the team practice even started. ��

  • Great tips Sarah! I know for me when I’m not feeling well, I have to remind myself (a perfectionist) that it’s okay to slow down. You basically encompassed that in all your tips. Embrace the slow down! #4 Minimalism, of course!!!������

  • yesssssssss productivity is such a point of contention within ourselves for those of us with chronic illnesses/pain. I had to really work through the overwhelming thoughts of “If I can’t clean the whole kitchen then I’m worthless”, or even “I am lazy for not picking up more shifts and being like all the other nurses who work full time.” Half the battle of finding our own productivity is in the mind! haha. But with the chronic pain centre in my city, I learned about pacing. I would recommend people to look it up (it’s hard to explain in one go). It’s difficult at first, but once you get to know your body more and to get past the mental roadblocks, it does get easier!

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  • I was grinding out my biology when waiting for my doctor today at the clinic now I’m watching this as a reward for finally finishing!

  • Awesome tips! I just finished editing a video for my own channel on this topic! Excited to see the community rally around these types of videos!

  • I need to try this!! I’ve been overwhelmed with taking care of the house and yard but I think if I set small goals I’ll feel better!!

  • Hey I have a question! How did you (or still do) manage it when people don’t believe you when this or this symptom shows up the most? Idk if you get what I mean… I was diagnosed with G-HSD a few weeks ago and I’m waiting for a test in genetics (EDS). People are still not believing me or telling me it’s just anxiety… It’s so frustrating ����‍♀️

  • Literally today I feel asleep during a lecture in the auditorium because I got to rest finally after walking around all day. My teacher saw that I was asleep and she let my stay asleep because she has Pots too. I’m so glad to have a teacher that understands I don’t stay up all night and that I’m not lazy when I can barely get out of my chair.

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  • Definitely the morning routine. I was feeling a bit down having to WFH but getting ready for work really helped me regain the focus & energy for work

  • What about the kids? We cant work at home with kids. It is Impossible whith small children. We cant let them Alone and ignore them.it s easy to send people work at home but they forget that we have another work that is kids, and meals, etc.

  • I think morning routine is the most important.
    My morning routine is about 1hour and 45minutes long, i sleep 6hours everynight and wake up at 4.30 every morning.
    My parents dont like this tho, but I really dont know how much sleep is the right amount for me. I have tried different things, but atleast for now, I stick with my 6hours.

    Gimme more advice please!:D
    What to do in those times, when you gotta write something, but ur head is empty, and u just stare at the thing u are doing?
    I think this is called brain fog…

  • I think it’s great that you’re back in school. Your knee seems to be looking a lot better. I hope the PT is helping you. Do you attend a college in the city or are you taking the course on line? My son just took the GREs so I’m familiar with all the studying that’s involved with that. Good luck with it. I’m rooting for you.

  • 11:25 The hard part is finding such a video.
    12:01 I thought the way to say that was, “I graduated with honors.” However, you’re the native speaker, so…

  • Okay but can we pls talk about how cool that flipping pages effect was???

    Also you asked a long time ago which background was my favorite and I think the second shot of you in your room with the setting alarm was my favorite

  • owning less, not listen to people with no ilnesses. and listen to your body and mind. i have celiac diseases, fibromyalgia, astma and bipolaire disorder and so one. for me is it the same what you saying but it can be month’s of years that one of the time step up or together. If you can’t doing it don’t. i say it easy but it is not. The smaller house is helping me big times. Not two staires in the house. Mine kitchen is three times smaller. no garage anymore, less rooms. And the very big garden i want. i do that with mine husband. i see the garden every day with mine chickens. Keep on doing what you love what you can do. i have must giving so much op. But the thing what i can do. Do it with proud and do it with fun. step by step. don’t comparing wth anyone and think progress and not perfection. from a perfectionist is it hard. But i am learning not to be a perfectionis anymore. ots of love Ellen

  • Loved this ❤️
    When I’m not able to help for months on end sometimes with my husband and the kids because of illness, I will know next time what to do. Its not easy thanks for your insight. Xx

  • Being a caregiver, even for an adult child with severe mental health disorder can be debilitating. The number one tip I would say, has nothing to do with cleaning or organizing. It’s do at least one thing for yourself. Even if it’s laying in bed at the end of a long day, and taking 5 deep, focused breaths or two minutes of meditation after you park your car, but before you open the door. I know that you have a busy household, but as mothers we never give ourselves permission to have toothpaste in the sink, or sticky finger marks on a wall. Clear benches may help you feel calm in a visual sense, but it’s not the same as taking time out to focus on yourself. I agree with your other points, but wish you had given this more importance.

  • Working on your normal work hours seems to be a great idea. I have seen that I tend to either work for too long or too less, which then affects the rest of the day…having a routine and sticking to it is the best way to be productive when working from home. Thanks for these tips!

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  • Do your cats alert you to your POTS? My cat will snuggle me when I am starting to have a pain elevation and it really helps me and reminds me to take my medications. Or when my heart rate goes up or down. He will nudge me and walk on me.

  • This was a wonderful video with good positivity. I have chronic pain and chronic fatigue and it can be difficult to avoid berating myself. As far as keeping track of symptoms, I occasionally use the phone app Flaredown. I’ve figured out a daily pattern for myself (for the most part). Since some of my pain is tied to photosensitivity I started waking up when it’s still dark. I get most of my writing for the day accomplished before 11am-then the brain fog gets me. I know it’s coming so I can handle it though.

    Anyway, I love your videos! Keep up the good work! ♥

  • Thanks Izzy, this is super helpful since I just started college a few weeks ago!! P.S. Loving that lab uniform haha, as a fellow science student I’ve been sporting the same look most days ����

  • my english teacher this year is actually nice and will let me go to the nurse and sleep if i’m having a hard time (they let me do it cause of my fatigue due to GHSD). it’s really nice but focusing can be so hard �� also please do a video on tips for sleeping with chronic pain! it’s really hard for me (on top of bad night anxiety)

  • I Really needed this video. In the midst of the Rheumatoid flair just can from an iv infusion. YOU are such an inspiring person. God Bless you and your family. Keep well

  • All the actors are consistent with liberal fascism people who didn’t get indoctrinated by university in the last 20 years also work from home.

  • Thank you so much for these tips Brian, all the tips are useful but the one I like the most is having a morning routine to start the day well and also to stay healthy.

  • Oh this is what you call perfect timing! I’ve been procrastinating from doing my homework all day long because it’s been a really hard day with POTS and hEDS, but this just motivated me to stand my lazy ass up and start doing some work!

  • All points are valid. I felt connecting with collegues keep the working environment live feeling………

    And we are missing Brian Tracys own voice which motivates us a lot…..

  • Wow! Your awesome timing! My family and I are all sick right now. I greatly enjoyed listening to your video. Thank you the great tips!

  • This is why I can’t use this system. The example you gave of only going to the gym for 5 minutes and most days you spend more than 5 minutes. My brain knows it is a trick and resents it. I know I will do whatever the thing is for longer then I set out to do it and then cause a flare-up.

    Anybody who talks about this method says this. They say things like just put on your workout clothes. That’s all you have to do. You don’t have to go to the gym if you don’t want to. And before you know it once you put on your clothes you will be going to the gym.

    Just clean your room for 15 minutes. Anybody can do anything for 15 minutes they say. And before you know it you will be spending 3 hours. They say that like that is a positive thing.

    My brain knows it is just getting tricked so it refuses to even start.

  • Dear Brian, what is your opinion on working during weekend? Is that good idea? I like my work, and work also on Saturday and Sunday a bit, but a lot of people told me, that that’s not a good idea. I would rather rest myself.

  • Great tips. I’ve been sick for 2 weeks now, as I have an autoimmune condition it takes me ages to get over a simple virus. I’m a single mum with no family help. I always try to push on and do it all but lately I’ve been trying hard to listen to my body and rest when I need to. I didn’t keep up with the bare minimum though this time and need to do a big clean now that I’m feeling better. Yep, totally did the easy lunchboxes too.

  • hey! ive recently been diagnosed with hypemobility eds and its weird because i was watching a video and an ad from ur channel came up. it was like something along the lines of hypermobile and eds and i was like fbi stop listening to me lol but now i think its a sign that i should do more research about my illness. all my pain and symptoms now all add up that i have eds. the day i was diagnosed around 1 or 2 months ago that night i looked up stuff related to eds and im like wait i have that. like something said something about eye floaties and i always get them and my trichotillomania makes me pick it out. the eds effects most of my main joins and puts me in pain. in school when i sit for long my hips, knee, neck, back, etc all need to pop and only my hips hurt when it does that. i also have possible pots. a lot of chronic illnesses and autoimmune issues run in my family. im glad i found ur channel and can learn more about my illness. sorry if this made no sense but im glad that i saw an ad of one of ur videos on eds. stay strong girlfriend!! <3 okay sorry for writing all this lol.

  • I’ve been working remotely for the last 3 years, so this pandemic came and the only thing it changed is nothing. But I do go straight from bed to the inbox, and go straight from the work to the bed. Working remote makes me work more.

  • If only I could train our cats to do household chores! I can just imagine them dusting, riding the vacuum cleaner and even preparing lunch! hehe!.. Cat Chef!! Take care everyone!��������

  • Medical Medium has been healing people with POTS and chronic illness… not sure if he works for everyone but its worth to leave no unturned. Mostly raw low fat veganism has healed my POTS by about 75%.

  • As a full time college student i don’t know how I get everything done but yes batching stuff together helps! I do this with my class schedule as much as I can as well. Also self care is sooooo important!

  • I spend most of my life these days lying down on the sofa because sitting upright is so exhausting and just males me more in pain. I am a bit OCD or as OCD as EDS will allow these days but I have my daily cleaning routine which is exhausting but it also keeps me going, its mostly only if I have a massive bad headache that I wont do it but there have been a few times Ive just forced myself when I shouldn’t. I just do what I can or what I remember I need to do.

    Its so frustrating though cause I managed quite a normal(ish) life before the shhh hit the fan and Ive always done everything for myself, worked, brought up my daughter, fixed washing machines, wallpapered and painted, laid carpets, fixed things that were broken and now I barely have the energy to do the basics, in my head I know what I cn do but when it comes to physically I just cant. I push and try but I cant cause my body just cant. Changing a lightbulb is almost impossible cause of my left arm and shoulder and now my right one chiming in toom then it was more of the hips and legs etc but I plan on trying to make soap this weekend which I am very excited about. I do cook more now and better too so I guess there are some advantages to being home most of the time + I can go just lie down anytime I need to. One of my biggest fears is being outside and not being able to stand up or walk cause am on the verge of it happening indoors a lot recently, anyway sorry for the rant, really like your videos!!:)

  • Discipline is the ultimate form of SELF LOVE. You love yourself TOO MUCH to ALLOW yourself to not hammer on that project and miss out. You LOVE yourself TOO MUCH to just sit on the couch all day and not go to the gym and feel better Quote by Will Smith. Self-love builds character and confidence. I workout first thing in the morning so that I have the extra energy I need to make my youtube videos. Even though I’m just starting and my videos go practically unseen I stay at it because without discipline there is no success. Who do you want to be? ����

  • Oof this hits home. These days when someone asks how I am, I find myself saying “I wasn’t as productive as I wanted” which I realize I need to reframe.

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  • Thank you for sharing this! I’ve always been very goal-oriented & favored my planners and to-do lists, even more so since I started struggling with Chronic Illnesses in my adult life. I’ve made attempts to do something similar to this on my own before, but the way you’ve broken it down is super helpful & I’m going to try again! I’m so grateful I’ve found your channel ❤

  • Two questions. (Feel free to skip one or both depending on whether it might take too much effort to answer I wont be offended.)

    First, I was wondering if you have any advice on how to talk to a doctor about something you think you might be dealing with. I think I’ve been dealing with chronic fatigue and have been for some time. I thought it was because of depression, but I still feel fatigued even when not depressed. How do I go about talking to a doctor about this. I’m worried that they might just write it off as me being lazy. (Worth noting that I live in canada and seeing the doctor is free)

    Second I was wondering how one becomes a novelist. Do you write a novel or novels in your spare time while working until eventually you become published and you have the income to start writing full time? Writing is something that interests me, but I can’t really figure out how I would ever have enough time to devote to it. Do I just spend 4 years writing an hour here or there until I get somewhere? I was wondering what input you may have. (Worth noting here that I am not in the financial position to write full time, and I’m in school so I have a lot of assignments. Also I do want to include lots of queer characters in my writing and I don’t know how that might effect the financial viability of writing.)

  • Oh my goodness. I have never been more greatful to find a channel. I have various chronic conditions too and I’ve tried to get advice from ‘normal’ youtubers but of course they don’t know what it’s like for us. I’m definitely giving this a try.

  • Yes! This is SO good Sarah. I would give the exact same list of tips. I have done these things for the last few years and have been living with two different chronic illnesses for the past ten years. These tips have helped my family so much. Like you said these tips have really helped us thrive not just survive. Great list. Jerusha

  • For me setting little goals to what I need to get done, is what helps. If i look at it as whole i can’t get 1 thing done. I am going to look more into this minimum baseline. I guess mine is to shower, putting my face on and not missing work. Everything else usually can wait. Come watch my journey on my channel.

  • Lol can we be friends? Seeing your videos is so good for me, I’m just so thankful! Can’t explain how important it is to have someone like you sharing all of this.

  • Totally going to try it. I just read that swimming is a great excercise for POTS. Being in 4ft deep water is like wearing 90 mmgh compression stockings!

  • sir i am the big fan of yours and your sales techniques,can you please help me out how to open presentation over the phone call & attract the consumer attraction..please because if i dialled number and start my presentation most of the customer hang up or says call me back i am busy,dont call me

  • Thanks so much for this! I would say to someone aiming to be more productive; don’t be afraid to start small. Really, long term goals are good, but focus on the small, doable things first.

  • I can’t believe all these tricks that I’ve never even thought of! I’ve also decided to go back to school a bit longer, so this will all be so helpful. Thank you Izzy!

  • I think “Establish a morning routine” is the most important one. Because when you achieve even a little thing early morning, it will inspire you to do more difficult task. ������

  • Great tips! I embraced minimalism in 2014 when I was pregnant with my seventh baby. I am a few weeks away from having my tenth baby and all my minimalism habits have remained. Being more minimal and intentional has helped all of us. We live a simple and peaceful life. I will say that I resisted click and collect for YEARS but we tried it last week and it really saved my husband so much time as he needs to do Woolworths and Aldi as I am not currently allowed to drive. My husband did suggest to me to make lists and schedules whilst I am stuck in bed/on the couch but i am struggling with head space. I keep telling myself these things are only for a season.

  • In order to be productive you need to be disciplined. Self Discipline plays a vital role in your life. Take breaks during work so that it may fresh your mind and you can concentrate harder.

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  • Idk why I’ve just now seen this video lol. I like the timer idea! It’s easy for me to not feel well and then slip into a whole afternoon of zero productivity, when I would have felt okay enough to work in 30 minutes or so. Great tips!