Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May) the focus is on Stress and how we can cope with stress better to improve our mental health. While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems. – Mental Health Foundation The Mental Health Foundation have released a research report Read more about Mental Health Awareness Week[…]

Chair Yoga: Mindful Moves for the Not So Fit

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you all know of some chair yoga classes that are coming up. Yoga and mindfulness go hand in hand and both are so good for both our physical and mental health. The classes are ran by Sally Roach, who lived with ME/CFS in her 20’s and has a vast experience of working with people living with chronic illnesses, pain and fatigue. Sally has been teaching for 18 years and Read more about Chair Yoga: Mindful Moves for the Not So Fit[…]

Free yoga session – 13-01-18

Hi gang, I’ve been contacted by a yoga teacher named Alison (good name eh!) who has advised me she also has Fibromyalgia. She’s running a free taster session tomorrow (13th Jan) 10am – 12pm. Alison says: the beauty of Iyengar Yoga is its use of props to help people with difficulties achieve the poses safely and with precision. The free session is a general taster but I run a fogey yoga class that focuses especially Read more about Free yoga session – 13-01-18[…]

Resources page updates

You may or may not have noticed some changes to the website recently but we’ve been updating our information and design (many thanks again to FMAUK trustee Simon Stones for all his help!) I’m in the process of updating the Resources page to include helpful information and links to useful websites. Some things on there so far include sleep and chronic pain, sex and chronic pain, pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, Mindfulness, Benefits help and more. I Read more about Resources page updates[…]

Wishing all our members a happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Sending all of our members wishes for a wonderful 2018! I hope you’re all able to take some time to reflect on 2017, the good, the bad, and everything in between! You’ve made it through 100% of your bad days, and I’m so proud of you all. Whatever you are doing tonight, remember you are loved, you are valid, and you are worthy. This can be a really hard time of year Read more about Wishing all our members a happy New Year![…]

Christmas Day Twitter chat

On Christmas Day at 6pm Natasha Lipman (@natashalipman on Twitter) will be hosting a Twitter chat for people living with chronic illnesses who may be finding the holidays hard to get through. I wanted to let you all know in case you wanted to join in. All you need to do is use the hashtag #spooniechristmaspjparty and you’ll be able to connect with lots of people across twitter who understand how much Christmas takes out Read more about Christmas Day Twitter chat[…]

Chronic illness Christmas prep!

Living with a chronic illness (or multiple chronic illnesses as is common with Fibromyalgia!) it’s hard to cope with extra stress and commitments added in to your daily routine. So whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it can be hard to cope with. I’ve said before that living with chronic illnesses has a lot of admin involved, so for me it’s a lot of planning and lists and at Christmas time that doesn’t Read more about Chronic illness Christmas prep![…]

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

It’s Chrissstttmmmmaaaassss!   Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us at Newcastle Fibromyalgia Support Group! Whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it can also be extremely hard and isolating, especially when living with multiple chronic illnesses. Please remember to go easy on yourselves, rest in between family/friends gatherings and know that if you need to sneak off for a nap no one will mind. Read more about Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year![…]

Christmassy craft session 11-12-17

Yesterday we had our last craft session of 2017! The weather outside was most certainly frightful, but we still had a lovely group turn up to take a few hours out of everyday life to do some Christmassy crafts and be around people also living with chronic illnesses. Christmas can be an extremely hard and exhausting time when you have a chronic illness, so this little break away from all the planning/shopping/wrapping was a lovely Read more about Christmassy craft session 11-12-17[…]

Artists who create awareness for mental health illnesses and promote self care

Hi gang! I thought I would do a little post on artists who use their platform to discuss topics like mental health and self care. Self care is so, so important. It’s not selfish to put yourself first and concentrate on what your body and mind need from you. It’s also important to remember that self-care isn’t all bubble baths and chocolates (although it can be!), self-care can be things like opening bills/letters that are Read more about Artists who create awareness for mental health illnesses and promote self care[…]