Your Life Lived Well

Using behavioral science to live better with chronic illness.

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December 02, 2021 00:48:36
Words have Power

Words have Power

This episode digs into the words surrounding health, illness, and disability. We look at how words shape our thoughts, the surprising meanings of some common medical words, and how words can both tear us down and lift us up. Your words matter and this is why. ...

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July 21, 2021 00:46:23
Stigma, Acceptance & Mental Illness

Stigma, Acceptance & Mental Illness

Why do we have such a difficult time accepting the reality of mental illness? In this episode, we’ll talk about the reasons why many are uncomfortable with mental illness, and we’ll suggest some better ways to think about what mental illnesses are are. We’ll also introduce some steps we can all take to improve our support and acceptance of mental health conditions. ...

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July 14, 2021 00:45:01
Relax!!!

Relax!!!

Everyone thinks they should relax more, but we can’t make ourselves relax. It doesn’t work that way. Here’s why relaxation is important, what’s getting in our way, and how we can really get to it. ...

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July 07, 2021 00:50:58
"You Don't Look Sick"

"You Don't Look Sick"

96% of us with lasting health conditions are largely or completely “invisible.” We don’t have any external signals that remind others of the battles we are fighting inside. That’s confusing to others and they don’t understand. Here’s why we’re confusing, what’s really happening, and how we can help one another appreciate what invisible illness does to our lives. Listen to this one with someone in your life who needs to understand. ...

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June 17, 2021 00:54:24
Pain isn't What You Think

Pain isn't What You Think

Pain is sending you a message, but we tend to misinterpret what it’s trying to tell us. Our pain systems also get confused and overwrought. Chronic pain also easily becomes “noise,” and not a meaningful signal. In this episode, we’ll dive into the weird world of chronic pain and discuss some research-backed strategies you can implement to improve your life. ...

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June 02, 2021 00:51:57
Stress isn't What You Think

Stress isn't What You Think

Stress is a part of life. Sometimes, it’s even a good part of life. It’s always there, so we must learn better strategies to cope. In this episode, we’ll discover what stress really is, distinguish between its helpful and harmful forms, and learn so better ways for dealing with it. ...

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