My childhood struggles

Writing about my childhood is important. It is important I write about the emotional struggles I experienced as a child; they seem completely relevant now.

I’ve talked about negative self-talk and how that can impact our lives. Growing up, I found it difficult to shift bad thoughts. I didn’t understand why. I didn’t know how to move my thinking and as many times …

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29 Oct, 2010

All about our subconscious

The subconscious is a powerful tool. It’s not something we are consciously aware of, but it’s there and we need to continue to make ourselves aware. It’s the tool that runs our life behind the scenes.

Sadly, it’s not equipped to distinguish between truth and non-truths. It accepts what it’s told and directs those thoughts and reasons accordingly. Those are then worked “into the fabric of our lives allowing …

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28 Oct, 2010

Understanding the past

We know that current behaviour emulates what we have learned from our past, which is why it is even more difficult to make changes in the present.

Having an open mind and looking at the bigger picture on some of our experiences will help us to understand those experiences better. It’s also important to take note of how the past shapes us, what we …

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27 Oct, 2010

Working through the past

In my previous blog, I wrote about taking responsibility for our past so that we can move on and look to our future, but like many things in life, in reality it’s never that simple or easy to do.

These are my thoughts about the past and how we can change learned unhelpful bad patterns. Remember this is on an unconscious level. I have had to work on this myself: I am coming from a place of …

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26 Oct, 2010

Seratonin & sleep

Something inspirational:

How many of us have problems maintaining a good quality sleep, along with good sleep patterns? That could be a problem relating to stress, but could also be because our serotonin levels are lower than they should be.

In times of stress the body needs to produce more of it. We need to increase foods that contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which boosts serotonin levels, reduce anxiety and bring about calm …

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25 Oct, 2010

Taking responsibility

When it comes to responsibility, we can apportion our baggage and discontentment to the events of our past where family is concerned, but that doesn’t help, because we still have to function in the present. Instead, we must take responsibility for ourselves.

By the time we’re adults, we’ve already stacked up a list of issues assigning blame, but not taking responsibility for dealing with our issues and trying to move forward with our lives. Having always been a …

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24 Oct, 2010

The uncertainties of illness

In the last couple of days I have been ill. I tend to go through phases where I stay well for a few weeks, but then go through illness blindly, because I have no idea what I deal with and how bad it will be.

Usually when I think I’m home and dry, I find I’m back again in the throws of illness again. Where other people recover in two days, it will take me four. I never really know what’s around the corner, which is …

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23 Oct, 2010

The ties that bind

Blogging on my website The CP Diary, has allowed me to document my experiences with cerebral palsy, after finding out that is what I’d been struggling with up to the age of forty-six, when I received my diagnosis.

I also talk about the fact that it wasn’t a freak of nature that caused me to have cerebral palsy, but a mistake by the consultant and nursing staff, leaving my mother for too long in the delivery room …

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22 Oct, 2010

Pre-order my new book

Many thanks
Ilana x