Seven Ways to Improve your Sleep in the New Year

Seven Ways to Improve your Sleep in the New Year

Sleep is important for everyone, especially chronic pain and trauma survivors, who often suffer from insomnia. In this post, I talk about some helpful habits that surrounding sleep and bedtime, otherwise known as sleep hygiene. I often talk about sleep hygiene in therapy when I am helping someone with insomnia, and now it’s time for me to apply these tips myself.

Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Pain as a Recovering Perfectionist (AKA There is No Way I’m Sending Holiday Cards This Year, or Wait, Maybe I Am)

Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Pain as a Recovering Perfectionist (AKA There is No Way I’m Sending Holiday Cards This Year, or Wait, Maybe I Am)

Many of us fall into the classic holiday trap of trying to make everything perfect for our families — the right gifts, the right meals, the right decorations ... it gets exhausting. As a recovering perfectionist, I get it. The idea of a perfect holiday is alluring, but at what cost? Often, the cost is our health. So how do you stay healthy and sane during the holidays?