Blog Posts - Coping Skills



What is our goal in pain management?

One of the cool things about having worked in chronic pain management since the mid-1980’s is that I’ve seen a few things come and a few things go.  Some things remain, of course, and the things that seem most long-lived are debates abou...
by Healthskills on Jun 19, 2016

Why does “doing exercise” work?

Bless all the physiotherapists in the world, they keep us doing exercises. And exercises are good because they get us doing the things we want to do in our daily lives. But how does it work?  This is not an exposition on exercise physiology –...
by Healthskills on May 1, 2016

Self-managing chronic pain

I have long been a proponent of helping people who live with pain to take control of their situation and actively self-manage as much as possible. My rationale has been that people who feel they are in control of some parts of their life are more lik...
by Healthskills on Apr 24, 2016

Fibro fog or losing your marbles: the effect of chronic pain on everyday executive functioning

There are days when I think I’m losing the plot! When my memory fades, I get distracted by random thin—-ooh! is that a cat?! We all have brain fades, but people with chronic pain have more of them. Sometimes it’s due to the side eff...
by Healthskills on Dec 6, 2015

Acquiring New Coping Skills in Recovery

One of the ways that an addiction develops is the continued reliance upon drugs or alcohol as a way to feel better or avoid pain. Slowly, there’s an association that gets developed between a substance and positive feelings. For instance, whenever y...
by Recovery Advocates on Nov 23, 2015

Things don’t always go smoothly

You know, making changes in life is never one of those beautiful uprising graphs like this: It’s far more likely to be like this: There are days when life looks fantastic, then you hit a flat spot and it all goes pear-shaped. While overall you&...
by Healthskills on Mar 22, 2015

Patterns of pain after total knee joint replacement

My orthopaedic colleagues are concerned about how they choose patients who will benefit from surgery, rather than ending up with poor outcomes. It’s interesting to know that knee replacement surgery is revised mostly because of pain rather than...
by Healthskills on Feb 15, 2015

Goals? I loathe them: What to do instead

I dislike that acronym “SMART” goals. I can never decide whether it’s meant to mean “Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound” or “specific, manageable, active, realistic and timed” And if i...
by Healthskills on Dec 21, 2014

e-Therapy: online CBT programmes for people with chronic pain

There are many problems with helping people access timely and appropriate chronic pain management programmes. In the US, comprehensive multi or inter-disciplinary programmes have been decreasingly funded compared with single discipline approaches. In...
by Healthskills on Nov 16, 2014

e-Therapy: online CBT programmes for people with chronic pain

There are many problems with helping people access timely and appropriate chronic pain management programmes. In the US, comprehensive multi or inter-disciplinary programmes have been decreasingly funded compared with single discipline approaches. In...
by Healthskills on Nov 16, 2014

Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain?

I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something good about taking a break from my usual world to do things co...
by Healthskills on Nov 9, 2014

Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain?

I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something good about taking a break from my usual world to do things co...
by Healthskills on Nov 9, 2014

How to build Resiliency in Children and Youth

by: Dyan Eybergen BA,RN,ACPI While adulthood is often challenging and filled with responsibility, childhood has its fair share of ups and downs. Children and youth are often faced with having to navigate through difficult change:...
by Notes on Parenting on Jun 10, 2014

Smoking and pain

There is a link between having chronic pain and smoking. Although no-one is really certain of the nature of this relationship, after working for a long time in pain management, I know many of the people I saw smoked tobacco. There have been a number...
by Healthskills on May 18, 2014

Hole Prevention and Slithering Vipers.

My illness is doing push ups this week. Luckily, I have it under control. Ha! "Control" good one!Do you, we, or I ever really have it under control? It seems to me, that's when coping skills come into play. I've learned how to cope in a healthy manne...
by My Meddling Mind on Aug 8, 2013

Postpartum Support International’s 2013 Blog Hop – Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May is a special month for postpartum mood disorder (PPMD) survivors.  Why?  Because it is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month!  And I’m participating in the very first Postpartum Support International (PSI) blog hop!  The topic of the b...
by Ivy's PPD Blog on Apr 30, 2013

Protected: Postpartum Support International’s 2013 Blog Hop

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by Ivy's PPD Blog on Apr 26, 2013

10 Key To Success Life Coaching Lessons

Here are the topics of the Key To Success Life Coaching Lessons – 10 Best Ways to Get What You Want, 7 Simple Ways to Change the World, 4 Steps to Greatness, Embracing Change – What’s In It For You? … Continue reading →R...

Pointing fingers

My thoughts are consumed with the unimaginable and impenetrable grief that the parents of those 20 beautiful babies are going through right now and forevermore. Every time I let myself to go that place, I think of one more thing that those moms and d...
by Writing - It's My Thing on Dec 17, 2012

A visit to the land of nothingness and my safe return - Mental Illness a thief of simple pleasures

A couple of nights ago I experienced a real tough depressive episode. Today I am beginning to feel like myself again. The exhaustion of it all is lifting and I had a good nights rest last night. I haven't crashed quite like that in a long time. So...
by My Meddling Mind on Sep 13, 2012


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