acceptance/happier living

How the permission to ‘choose again’ will change your life

If you don't yet know how much I love Gabby Bernstein, you're missing out. She's a little bit more on the woo-woo side, and if you don't vibe with that, that's cool. This blog post is sharing my experience of a really practical life tip that I learnt from her: Choose Again.  (more…)


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10 ways to help a friend newly diagnosed with chronic illness

Earlier this year, a good friend of mine came to me to ask how she could best support another mutual friend who's been unwell recently, and might be diagnosed with a chronic illness. I thought it might be helpful if I shared my advice here. (more…)


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The Pillow Fort Positivity Manifesto

Last week, someone linked to the Pillow Fighters Club in order to criticise the group based on the out of context quote ‘fed up of online wallowy chronic illness communities?’ I have to defend the ‘positivity only’ rule of the Pillow Fighters Club on a fairly regular basis. (more…)


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Guest Post: Meditation and Self Care: Where to Begin

This is a guest post by Holly Ashby. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. The importance of self care has really come to the forefront in recent years, and what self care as a concept means to people can be very personal. For some, the best thing they can do to keep themselves happy is the indulgence of a massive bar of chocolate, duvet and all their favourite films, while for others it’s diligently picking the right foods and getting out for some therapeutic exercise. Often it can be a combination of approaches, and being able to identify what’s best for you at that moment is one of the key principles involved in looking after yourself. (more…)


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5 things my first pain flare in over a year is telling me

I don't remember the exact date, I don't think you ever do with these things, but at some point in the last 4-6 months , I stopped considering myself to have fibromyalgia. (more…)


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Review: Chronically Badass: A Guide for the Young & Chronically Ill

This is the second review to come out of the newly created team of Official Reviewers for The Pillow Fort! Want you product reviewed? Click here! Chronically Badass: A Guide for the Young & Chronically Ill by Diane Murray (more…)


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Why I Do Yoga For Chronic Illness

This is a guest review by Kayla Kurin of Aroga Yoga. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. Check out last week's post too: Yoga for Chronic Illness by Aroga Yoga: A Review (more…)


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Q+As with 2 health coaches who’ve healed from chronic illness!

Last week we were joined on The Pillow Fort facebook fan page by Ashley Williams and Erin Lindstrom, 2 health coaches who've both healed from chronic illness for a little Q+A session. They've joined forces to create a unique coaching programme, Happy, Healthy + Healing, which tackles chronic health problems with both diet and mindset. Interested? Registration closes 23rd August 2014! If you miss that though, they're both fantastic health coaches in their own right, so check out what they currently offer: Ashley Williams and Erin Lindstrom. Onto the questions... (more…)


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Why don’t you just *know* how to help me?! + free printable!

"Why don't you just know how to help me?!" I used to lament this. I couldn't work out why someone couldn't automatically guess what I needed when I was in pain. Then I realised... I'd never told them. Enter, the table.... (more…)


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