Balance Roundup: 12 June 2013

Hi all.  I know that I told you last week that the roundup might be going bi-weekly, but there was so much good stuff in my reader this week that I had to share some of it with you.  The posts this week fall generally into two categories.  I have a bunch of stuff that touches on mindfulness and self-care, and another bunch that explores multiple health care issues.  I hope that you find something that speaks to you this week.  In that vein, today’s graphic is from the “Take What You Need” project–it’s a great fit for the balance roundup!


Mindfulness and Self-Care

Anna Guest-Jelley often writes things that catch my attention.  This week, she invites us to explore how often we ask ourselves the question, “What’s wrong with me?” and encourages us to rethink our assumptions.

In a culture where we are constantly encouraged to be negative about our bodies, I really appreciated this 100 Days of Lovingkindness post about flipping that on its head and flooding our bodies with gratitude.

One issue that I encourage my clients to consider is that not all of our thoughts are accurate reflections of reality.  Dr. Elisha Goldstein offers a four-step strategy for assessing thoughts before we buy into them.

Patient & Provider Voices

This post was a tough call because it really fits into both categories today.  Robert Pederse of T Minus Two invites us to explore the challenge of accepting our own “awesomeness,” and suggests that chronic illnesses create another layer of challenge.

Dr. Jessie Gruman takes on the question of whether the idea of “engaged patients” sets patients up for failure.  I agree with her conclusion, but I’d love to hear what you think.

This contribution is from Carolyn Thomas, who is a new find for my roundup.  She explores the ways that stigma can further increase suffering.  If you read my series on health stigma and healthy privilege, you know this is an important topic for me.

Blogger and health advocate the Afternoon Napper wrote a great post about artist and patient advocate Regina Holliday.  Regina is the creator of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare, and one of my personal heroes.

Lisa Bonchek Adams always cuts to the heart of some of the most painful experiences that we can face during life-threatening illness.  This post about worry is no exception.

That’s it for me this week.  As always, please feel free to share your own favorite resource in the comments.


  1. says

    Thanks Dr. Ann for including my post about stigma in this wonderful list.

    One of my ‘Heart Sisters’ blog readers wrote me recently about volunteering at a breast cancer fundraising event, where she asked other volunteers why women are not working just as hard to raise money for heart disease – which actually kills six times more women each year than breast cancer does? The response: “Well, unlike breast cancer patients, people with heart disease bring that on themselves!”

    Hard enough to manage a chronic and progressive disease every day without having to deal with its public stigma as well.

    Thank you for this.

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