Toni Bernhard

4 Essential Limitations To Set When You’re Chronically Ill

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By Tony Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today? For many years after I became chronically ill, I was in denial about the need to set limitations in order to keep my symptoms as manageable as possible. I refused to believe that I might not recover my health. I thought: “You get sick; you get better. It’s as […]

How To Stop Taking Everything Personally

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    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today.   In September of 2014, I wrote an article titled “How Distorted Thinking Increases Stress and Anxiety.” It covered the ten most common cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are errors in thinking. Although they’re easy to define and often easy to recognize in ourselves, they can be hard to overcome. They’re […]

5 Mistaken Assumptions About The Chronically Ill

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  By  Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today.   The chronically ill carry the extra burden of frequently being misunderstood. I hope the day will come when chronic illness (which includes chronic pain) is recognized as a normal—and inevitable—part of the human life cycle. I also hope the day will come when people understand that chronic illness can […]

17 Tips From 17 Years Sick

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  By Toni Bernhard J.D.in Psychology Today.   When I began to write for Psychology Today over seven years ago, one of the first articles I posted was called “10 Tips from 10 Years Sick.” It’s seven years later. A lot has happened in my life, but there’s been one constant: chronic illness, including chronic pain. Since 10 + […]

Are You Chronically Ill ? Don’t Make Things Worse !

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  By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today.   I became chronically ill in 2001. For several years afterward, I was a master at making a difficult situation worse for myself. The list is long, but I’ll limit myself to six ways in which I did this: I hated my body for not recovering from what had […]

The Burdens Posed By Invisible Physical And Mental Illnesses

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    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in .   I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression. The similarity is that both of our conditions are invisible to others. Despite the different source of our illnesses, our […]

When Our Chronically Ill Bodies Say “Rest,” Why Don’t We ?

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By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today   Most people who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) benefit from scheduling at least one rest period into their day because it helps keep symptoms from flaring. I’ve learned from experience and from the thousands of people who’ve written to me that taking a “time out” by pausing to rest […]

Pacing: The Chronically Ill Person’s Best Friend

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    By Toni Bernhard J. D. in Psychology Today.   Pacing refers to spacing out your activities during the day so that you’re able to stay within the limits of what your body can handle without exacerbating your symptoms. Another way to think of it is that pacing is a way to keep you inside […]

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still A Mystery?

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      By Toni Bernhard J.D.   Millions of people worldwide suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—also known as ME/CFS or M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Although Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a misleading label for this debilitating illness, I’ll be using that designation in this piece because it’s the name that most readers recognize. I’ve lived […]

Pacing: The Chronically Ill Person’s Best Friend

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  By Toni Bernhard J.D.  In Psychology Today.        Pacing refers to spacing out your activities during the day so that you’re able to stay within the limits of what your body can handle without exacerbating your symptoms. Another way to think of it is that pacing is a way to keep you inside your […]

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