Living Well with Long-Term Health Conditions, Pain and Fatigue

  • Do you experience chronic pain or chronic fatigue?
  • Have you been diagnosed with a long-term health condition that affects your quality of life?
  • Do you struggle with low mood or anxiety in response to that diagnosis?
  • Have you stopped doing the things you used to enjoy?
  • Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to do the necessary and routine things in your daily life?

Often, when we develop a long-term health condition, chronic pain, or chronic fatigue, our capacity to manage our lives changes; we are no longer able to do things in the same way that we used to do them. As a consequence, our behaviour and the way that we think about ourselves and the world around us changes too. Sometimes this change helps us adapt to our new circumstances. However, sometimes the changes we make are less positive, they may seem to help in the short-term, but in the long run leave us believing that we can’t cope or manage, or feeling depressed, anxious, or lonely. Bristol Wellbeing Therapies believe that by running this course with you we can help you to think about the changes you have made since you developed a long-term health condition, pain, or fatigue and identify the good changes, as well as the not so good ones and teach you ways to adapt to your life circumstances so that you are better able to cope with your health condition and the challenges life throws at you.

The course uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (an evidence-based talking therapy) to look at the connection between a condition, pain or fatigue, how we feel emotionally and what the impact of that is on our lives. It then introduces techniques that help you regain some control over the condition and your mood and allow you to improve your quality of life. Here is a list of some of the techniques that have helped other people in the past:

  • Planning change through SMART goals
  • Pacing
  • Acceptance and working towards your values
  • Mindfulness
  • Thought challenging

What will the course cover?

Session 1.
Expectations
CBT cycle
Stress
COM-B planning & SMART goals

Session 2.
Activity: part 1
Inactivity/overactivity cycles
Pacing
Benefits of pacing
Overcoming difficulties with pacing

Session 3.
Activity: part 2
Selection, optimisation, compensation
Values

Session 4.
Mood
Mindfulness

Session 5.
Thoughts

Session 6.
Sleep
Review and reflection
Managing set-backs