Tag Archives: mental health

Hidradenitis Suppurativa – A Mindful Approach

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Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa Today, I’m going to talk about mindfulness. Now, I’m not a zen Buddhist, or a mindfulness master, far from it! However, I am learning the benefits of being mindful. Have you ever drove somewhere on auto pilot and arrived at a destination with no idea or memory of how the journey […]

Managing HS and Your Mental Health while working from home

There may be advantages to working from home, but it can take a toll on your mental health. We know stress can be a trigger for Hidradenitis Suppurativa flare-ups. So, it’s fair to say when your mind is stressed, so is your body. So, how can we manage our mental health and flare-ups in the […]

Give Yourself a Break – The Mental Toll HS Brings (For men)

You’re already dealing with the physical pain of hidradenitis suppurativa; take it easy on yourself. So what if you fall back on plans to hang with friends or go out because you can barely walk due to a flare-up. You have to understand it isn’t your fault; you did nothing wrong, you’re not dirty and […]

Managing Your Mental Health With HS

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is more than a skin disease. I don’t need to tell you the ways it can affect your body. But it can be equally devastating on your mental health. You may learn to treat your physical symptoms. But, it’s equally important to learn how to manage your emotional wellbeing too. Mind and […]

9 Ways to Make Life Easier With HS

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Last week we talked about things that can make HS worse and how to deal with them. But HS can affect us in many ways and not all of them are to do with flare-ups. There are strategies we can use to manage our condition better overall. So, it should come as no surprise when […]

Feel in Control of Your Life with Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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A lot is going on all around you. Between work, kids (maybe) and home, friends and events, it can be difficult. Throw in chronic illness, and it feels like the world never stops spinning. You are not alone in this. Life with hidradenitis suppurativa can be good! Research has shown that there is a link […]

Why We Say “I’m Fine”, Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Wellbeing

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I used to volunteer in a mental health organisation. Most people were very honest about their feelings. And if you asked somebody how they were, you would get a real answer. I was used to it, but when someone new would visit, they were often taken aback at the openness. This brings up an interesting […]

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Peer Support

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There are many different definitions of what peer support is. So, for the purpose of this blog, its someone who has lived experience of the same condition.  And they are willing to use that experience to help others. When I first got diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa, peer support was critical. I was in a bit […]

5 Healthy Ways to Deal with HS and Anger

Last year I posted a picture on Instagram that said it was okay to be angry. Someone left a comment asking if anger can be controlled? Firstly, the answer is yes, you can control your anger. But it made me think that our immediate response to anger is fear of losing control. Whether it’s in […]

Let’s Talk About Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) With Elise Axon

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We all know that living with HS can knock you down. It can certainly make life difficult sometimes and it can be hard to stay motivated. But life can be good, despite HS. We contacted some fellow HS warriors to talk about HS and share some advice with us. Elise Talks about Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Elise is […]

Advice to my teen self dealing with hidradenitis suppurativa

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Body image concerns affect almost all teenagers. It is estimated at about 72% of teens in Ireland worry about their body shape. I was no different. Throw in strange unidentified boils, and you certainly have a recipe for self-esteem disaster. This is what I wish I knew when I was a teen and dealing with […]