Maintaining Wellbeing over Winter

If you are having trouble dealing with worries about the coming months, you are not alone. Winter can be a challenging time, with darker and colder days, and this year we are approaching it with an added challenge of COVID-19 and the uncertainty around what this will bring. It is helpful to remember that feelings…

Challenges of Coming Out of Lockdown

As lockdown starts to ease people may be experiencing some mixed feelings – there may be relief and excitement about getting back to activities and seeing friends and family again, but there may also be some apprehension and anxiety surrounding this. Anxiety about this is completely understandable. Just as we had to readjust at the…

‘The Ripple Effect’ Series: Future Plans and Goals

This blog series is looking at the effect that chronic pain can have on someone’s life, using the metaphor of a ‘ripple effect’ displaying a pebble across water. When the pebble breaks the surface we can think of the ripples as the impact this has on an individual’s life, spreading wider and wider. This blog…

Coping with Chronic Pain in Lockdown

This blog will explore how we might cope with the changes caused by COVID-19, particularly if you have chronic pain and are experiencing higher distress levels than is typically normal for you. While it is primarily for people who have chronic pain, the tips below are also relevant for everybody who is staying at home…

‘The Ripple Effect’ Series: Physical Wellbeing

In this third instalment of our ‘Ripple Effect’ series, we will focus on how physical wellbeing can be impacted by chronic pain. In our previous blog we looked at emotional wellbeing, which is closely linked to our physical wellbeing. The difference being that physical wellbeing is more about how we function physically on a daily…

‘The Ripple Effect’ Series: Emotional Wellbeing

For this blog we will focus on the emotional impact of chronic pain, as part of ‘The Ripple Effect’ series of blogs. All of the blogs in the series are linked and cover a wide range of areas that chronic pain impacts on. Wellbeing means different things to different people. We can think of ‘well-being’…

‘The Ripple Effect’ Series: Relationships

The metaphor of ‘the ripple effect’ can be applied to various situations. For the purpose of the next series of blogs, we are asking you to imagine chronic pain as a pebble and the still water as someone’s life. When the pebble breaks the surface we can think of the ripples as the impact this…

Self-compassion: because we’re worth it?

Earlier this year, Liverpool ranked top in a survey of UK cities most likely to offer a random act of kindness, with over half (55%) of people surveyed performing an act of kindness every day, such as holding the door for stranger, offering someone a seat on public transport and being allowed to jump ahead…

Struggling to get shut eye? Some tips to help with sleep

Sleep seems to be the hot topic in the news at the moment. We frequently see articles advertising the latest sleep tracker, discussing the impact of lack of sleep on our health and providing advice on how to get a good night’s sleep. But how do we know what will work for us? Everyone is…

Chronic Pain In The Spotlight

Chronic pain; it wouldn’t happen to the successful, rich or famous. This is not true. There are lots of reasons why chronic pain starts and we know that from the wide range of people with it that persistent pain does not discriminate.  Given the recent increase in press coverage about chronic pain, we decided to…