Ways I Make My Self Care Accessible

Relaxation and reframing productivity As I get older I find I need more time to myself to unwind and relax, otherwise I feel like I'm figuratively climbing the walls. There is a lot of societal pressure be productive, even though it's unable to keep up with the standards set by society without reaching burn out at some point. But as disabled folx we can't keep up and yet we feel we have to meet these expectations or exceed them to over compensate due to the belief we have to "make up for" the fact we're disabled. However this is internalised ableism talking, we don't have to make up for anything we enough as we are, and our worth isn't dependent on how stereotypically productive we are. Besides, productivity looks different for everyone - and in my opinion if you're looking after yourself, this is a form of productivity which is worthy of acknowledgement and self praise just as much as the additional stuff. So if you want to watch netflix to unwind, it's just as productive as unwinding with some yoga or taking a walk if the results are as effective, but we have to do what our energy levels dictate as opposed to what we perceive is expected of us.

Needing a carer from a sick person’s perspective | ME Association

Hello, my name’s Lori- AKA ‘Bud to Bloom’, a UK based disability, and mental health blogger living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, ME, and a host of other comorbidities.  My journey with chronic illness started at age 13, and like many spoonie warriors it appeared to come from nowhere.  However after a few years I was [...]

A Chronic Perspective of Relationships

"How have your disabilities affected your relationships?" To understand how my relationships have been affected as a result of my disabilities, it's important to understand that my conditions have caused a shift in my relationship with myself. Chronic pain is difficult - the constant struggle to get through the days, some easier to navigate than [...]

Gene me up Scotty

Hello Blooms, Firstly, I wish to take a moment to thank the individuals who reached out and said such positive things about my last blog post, Journaling and Riding the Depression Wave (w/ exercises). Secondly, you'll be pleased to know storm Doris has come to an end and it goes without saying I am beyond [...]