Haramaki: the Japanese secret to health & wellbeing

What is a Haramaki anyway? The word ‘Haramaki’ literally means ‘bellywrap’ in Japanese.  The word originally referred to a type of metal armour worn by samurai under their armour to protect their stomach and kidneys, and dates back to the sixteenth century.  Haramaki have been used for centuries in Japan, gradually evolving from armour into… Continue reading Haramaki: the Japanese secret to health & wellbeing


Note to Self – the Lessons I learnt in 2017

As the New Year started I spent some time in January reflecting on what I had learnt in 2017 about managing my chronic health problem.  Here are the main things that I found had the biggest positive impact on my life last year – helping me live better despite a chronic ill-health.   Seek friendship… Continue reading Note to Self – the Lessons I learnt in 2017


Goal-setting with chronic illness

One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2017 was to set-up a blog so I could talk about the challenges of chronic illness. I wanted to do this because I felt like having a regular writing habit and an outlet where I could reflect on the challenges I was experiencing would help me find better ways of coping. Plus I am a creative person and like to find ways of expressing myself.