How to Fall Asleep When You Can’t

How to fall asleep when you can't

Hey, friends! Can’t sleep? Lately, neither can I. It’s starting to drive me a bit nuts. I’m sure you can relate if you’ve also laid awake every night staring at your ceiling, waiting for a restful night’s sleep to find you. Maybe you’re dealing with anxiety, or maybe chronic pain…

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How To Stop Yourself From Fainting: 11 Maneuvers

How to stop yourself from fainting

Ever stand up too fast and feel like a blackout or fainting episode is imminent? As someone with POTS, I get this all the time. Although, I consider myself lucky that I don’t faint (usually!). But for others with POTS, vasovagal syncope, or other forms of orthostatic intolerance, fainting happens…

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9 Tips For Building a Strong Immune System

Building a Strong Immune System

Building a strong immune system is always a concern of mine as someone with chronic illness. Anytime I get sick with the flu, a cold, or another virus, it can be more intense because any sickness causes a POTS flare for me. So, it’s really important for me–and all chronic…

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What’s POTS? Why Your Heart Races When Standing

why does my heart race when I stand?

I talk so much about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) on this blog, but I haven’t yet dedicated a post to explaining what this syndrome is. Maybe you’ve just received a diagnosis, or maybe you’re asking yourself why your heart races when standing all of a sudden. Or perhaps you…

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How to Raise Iron Levels and Treat Deficiency

how to raise iron levels when you're deficient

Iron is one of the 16 essential minerals the body needs to function properly. Without enough iron in your body, you can become deficient and potentially develop iron-deficiency anemia. When either scenario happens, it’s important to eat foods high in iron and take an iron supplement your body tolerates to…

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3 Fruit Smoothies To Fuel Your Day

This week, I’m back with not just one, but three new healthy fruit smoothies full of protein and nutritious ingredients to fuel your day.  These fruit smoothies are all really simple to make. You don’t need to go and buy 5 different bags of frozen fruit to make these delicious…

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How to Stop Negative Self-Talk With Chronic Illness

As someone with a chronic illness, I know how difficult it can be to maintain a good quality of life with such conditions. Whether we’re dealing with symptoms daily, balancing home life, relationships, and work with our health, or visiting doctor’s offices day in and day out, after a while,…

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12 Ways to Manage Pain With Chronic Illness

Pain is an unfortunate and often devastating symptom many must face when chronically ill. At its worst, it can leave you on the sidelines instead of living your life to the fullest. Coming up with a plan to manage this pain with chronic illness can be a frustrating task, especially…

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9 Tips For Monitoring Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate at home

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate is an important factor in monitoring multiple aspects of your health. It’s even more important if you have a chronic illness that affects either of these values or if you already have high or low blood pressure. Even training athletes can benefit from self-monitoring…

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Getting Through Bad Days When Chronically Ill

Bad days are bound to happen with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and other chronic illnesses, no matter where you are in treatment. It’s hard to accept bad days when you’re amid a slew of them. It’s even harder, in my experience, to get through bad days after a long…

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