Speaker: Tami Stackelhouse

Episode 54: Program Your Mind For Your Best Fibro Life with Courtnajé

Make no mistake, fibromyalgia is a physical condition causing widespread body pain, unrelenting fatigue, brain fog, and poor sleep. There really are things going wrong in your body that need to be corrected.

At the same time, how we think about our bodies, our fibromyalgia, and how we approach life all affect our health and the quality of the life we live.

In this episode, Tami talks with mindset coach, Courtnajé, about practical ways you can cultivate a mindset that supports you living your best fibro life. Courtnajé also shares from her personal health journey, including how her mindset practice has helped her navigate life with chronic health conditions, including a scary new diagnosis.

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Episode 53: Your Best Year Ever

Many of us started off 2020 with goals to end the year healthier and happier…. only to have a global pandemic mess up all our plans!

For the last year, you may have had to set your own health aside to take care of kids who are now doing school at home. Or maybe you haven’t had access to the types of therapies that have helped you feel your best. Maybe the stress of it all made your fibromyalgia worse…. or maybe you learned some things in 2020 that you want to carry forward into 2021.

In this episode, Tami walks you through the process she uses to set her goals and intentions for the new year — and why she’s not a fan of New Year’s resolutions!

This is the perfect time to reset and make your plan to make 2021 the year that you take back control of your life and health.

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Episode 52: Your Year in Review

Have you arrived at the end of the year wondering, “What just happened?” Are you thinking, “Next year will be different!”…. but wondering exactly how you will make next year different?

Good news! In this episode, Tami will teach you how to implement a year-end review process. This review will help you capture what worked from the year that’s ending, including what you enjoyed, what worked, and what you want more of in the new year. You will also review what didn’t work, what you want less of in the new year, and what kind of help you’ll need to make those changes stick.

Grab your journal, your favorite pen, and a cup of tea and settle in for your year-end review. In our next episode, we will begin creating the plan for you to have your best year ever next year!

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Episode 51: Coping with Isolation with Jodi Taub

While 2020 has been a year of social isolation for everyone, many of us with fibromyalgia were already too familiar with isolation. Pain and fatigue often keeps us from enjoying social events and interferes with our relationships.

In this episode, Tami interviews Jodi Taub, a psychotherapist with multiple chronic illnesses of her own, about how we can protect our mental health and cope with social isolation and the loss of our holidays — whether it was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic or simply fibromyalgia.

In addition, Jodi provides practical advice on how to know if it’s just sadness vs. clinical depression and what steps to take to get the help you need. Jodi says, “We didn’t choose to have our diseases, but we can choose to make things easier.”

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Episode 50: Should I Take Medication For Fibromyalgia? Ask The Coach

In this Ask the Coach episode, Tami answers the question, “Should I take medication for fibromyalgia?”

The good news is that there are many ways of treating fibromyalgia. It’s not a choice between medication or nothing! Instead, you get to choose whether or not medication is the right choice for you AND if you want to try other treatment options.

Tami gives six key points to consider as you make your choice. As always, anyone wishing assistance in this decision-making process should consider scheduling a consultation for more personalized assistance.

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Episode 49: Understanding Your Capacity Using The Bucket Theory

You’re going along fine and then BOOM! Fibromyalgia flare! You try to figure out what pushed you over the edge this time and it all seems so minor.

But our mental, physical, and emotional capacity isn’t defined by one thing. Instead, our capacity is more like a bucket. All the little — and big! — things go in the bucket and add up. If you’re not careful, your bucket overflows and that’s when you trigger a flare.

The Bucket Theory is a way of understanding your capacity so that you can make better choices that lead to less pain, more energy, and fewer flare ups.

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Episode 48: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

There are things you know you don’t know, like rocket science, maybe. But there are also many things that you don’t know that you don’t know, like your unconscious habits or how your body will respond to a particular fibromyalgia treatment option you never knew existed.

In this special replay, Eva Minkoff, host of the Humancare podcast, interviews Tami to uncover the two lowest points in Tami’s fibromyalgia journey, the thing that turned it all around for her, and how she guides her clients into “knowing what you don’t know.”

Be warned! There is a lot of laughter and fun in this episode! In fact, Tami describes this interview as one of the most fun interviews she’s ever done! Enjoy!

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Episode 47: Write Your Body’s Owner’s Manual

Ever wish you had an owner’s manual for your body? Something you could reference to see exactly what to do to keep your body feeling its best?

Often, it seems like fibromyalgia symptoms create a guessing game of, “What did I do this time?” One minute you’re fine, the next you’ve crossed the line into a fibromyalgia flare. In this episode, you’ll learn how to write your very own owner’s manual for your body. Tami calls this your “Book of You”, a guide to managing your fibromyalgia symptoms and creating more predictable energy and pain levels. Included in this episode are prompts and examples to help you begin.

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Episode 46: Clearing Fibromyalgia Brain Fog

Brain fog can be one of the most difficult fibromyalgia symptoms to treat. Many doctors don’t know what to do with our brain fog and act as if it will take care of itself once our pain and fatigue is managed. However, there are many tips, tricks, and tools that you can use to set up your life so that brain fog has a smaller impact.

In this episode, Tami shares her top ten brain fog tips and the tools she uses every day to stay on top of her business and personal life. All ten of these tips you can implement right now, today. No prescription or doctor required!

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Episode 45: Fibromyalgia Stories of Hope and Healing

Four Clients Share Their Fibromyalgia Stories — Tami interviews four clients on the ways that they have found to improve their fibromyalgia symptoms over the last few months. You’ll hear how a mindset shift helped Joyce take ownership of her treatment plan. Julee shares how her 15-year chronic illness journey of 26 surgeries, bedrest, feeding tubes, sepsis, and more, taught her the importance of having fun and seeking joy. Trial and error, along with guidance from her coach and education on what options were available to her, helped Chantal get better sleep and lower her pain levels. Gisèle found clarity and solutions through putting pen to paper in class assignments.

You’ll also hear from our August 2020 commencement speaker, Sharon Waldrop, President of the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan, as she shares encouragement and wisdom with our new graduates. She says, “Life sometimes seems impossible, but there’s always a way. You just haven’t thought of it yet.”

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