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New Year Inspirations 2017

I think everyone at some point in their life, creates a list of new year resolutions every January and at some point during February, the resolutions are out of the window. I am sometimes guilty of this too, but last year I managed to stick to all of my resolutions and this year I want to build on that success.

Obviously, my main goal in life at the moment is to feel better and I learned a long time ago that to be better when you have a condition such as Fibromyalgia, you have to approach it holistically and consistently. It’s not just about taking tablets or exercising for a bit. It’s about living a better way of life physically, mentally and spiritually … forever.

So here are my resolutions, or rather my inspirations for 2017.

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Mindfulness For Health – Week 1 Wild Horses

mindfulness-for-health-introduction-1These are my experiences of the Mindfulness for Health course I recently completed. This article is not a substitute for attending a course yourself and will only give you a small insight into the course and its effects on my journey. The book that supports this course is available to purchase here. For more information on attending a course in Sheffield, see here.

It’s very likely that if you suffer from chronic pain, you have turned your pain into some sort of evil demon that you try to avoid and that you fear. Week 1 of the Mindfulness for Health course was all about reconnecting and making contact with your own body once again. But why would I want to reconnect with the painful body I am trapped within? Why would I want to listen to the pain screaming and actually acknowledge it? Surely ignoring it and denying it was the right thing to do?

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Spoonie Survival Kits

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Earlier this year I stumbled upon an awesome project called Spoonie Survival Kits. The project aims to provide little bags of happiness for chronic illness sufferers, while also raising money for chronic illness charities.

The kits are made by volunteers with long-term health conditions and disabilities and then sold online, with 25% of sales money going back into the project and 75% going to chronic illness charities.

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Synergy Stone Heat Wave Massage Tools

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Earlier this year, my partner went on a business trip to Seattle and of course, while he was there, he took some time to do a little souvenir shopping. While in Pike Place Market, he stumbled upon a stall selling Synergy Stones and following a demo from the stallholder, he bought one for me [the Divine model].

Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation. Hot stones expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body and have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

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Mindfulness for Health 8 Week Course

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Back in September, I spotted a tweet about a Mindfulness for Health course that would be starting soon in Sheffield. I clicked on the link because Mindfulness is something I am really interested in, especially for pain management.

It turns out that the course was being run by 2 ladies [Jane and Debs] who were training to become Mindfulness course tutors with a company called Breathworks. It was to be held at Union Street, a fab co-working space in Sheffield city centre. The course on offer was a practice course so that Jane and Debs could complete their Mindfulness teacher training. It sounded just what I needed and so I signed up as soon as I sorted out the inevitable logistics when you work full-time and have a young child to sort out and bought the book that accompanied the course: Mindfulness for Health. A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing.

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​Magic Moments Of Mindfulness

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It can be easy to forget to stop sometimes; when I am up against a deadline at work, when I am trying to juggle my family and my chronic pain when a hundred and one thoughts are racing through my head and my anxiety kicks in.

A more mindful approach by paying more attention to the present moment, acknowledging my own thoughts and feelings and recognising the world around me, improves my mental well being and makes me more positive and productive.

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Surviving Bloodstock Music Festival with Fibromyalgia

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We’ve been going to Bloodstock for a good few years now, an annual pilgrimage that we look forward to every year. In 2014 though, I struggled. Having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the end of 2013, I wasn’t sure exactly what impact it would have on my BOA experience or what I would need to do to compensate for my reduced energy and ongoing pain, while also trying to enjoy the festival. After experiencing the festival without making any provisions or allowances, I knew that in 2015 some things needed to change if I was to continue attending.

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Buddybox – A Hug In A Box

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I recently came across the Blurt Foundation; an organisation that aims to increase the awareness and understanding of depression. They offer a number of resources and services, but the one that stood out for me was the Buddybox. Subscription boxes have gained popularity over the last few years, but they tend to focus on the beauty products which is something that doesn’t really interest me. The Buddybox is designed for people who need to practice self-care, packed full of thoughtful, mood-lifting treats to make you feel good: helping you de-stress, find calm, feel pampered, relax, get creative, or simply have fun. It sounded like something I needed in my life.

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Guided Meditation for Chronic Pain

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Relaxation techniques have often been advocated for Fibromyalgia treatment, due to the conditions association with stress and depression. Meditation has been shown to reduce symptom severity, reduce stress and sleep disturbances in Fibromyalgia patients and is certainly a technique that can help you to slow down, to rest and to relax. [Source: Natural Health Advisory]

I know that meditation is a powerful tool in assisting with relaxation, but I struggle to get into the right mindset without some form of assistance – or rather guidance. Guided meditation is my solution and although I still find it difficult to ‘get into’, once I allow the guidance to transport me, I find meditation incredibly helpful.

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For The Love of a Dog

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I spent my entire life with a dog in the house until 7 years ago. Due to various personal reasons, I ended up living in a rental property where I was not allowed a pet of any kind. As I discussed in my post Walking With Fibromyalgia, I started volunteering as a dog walker to help me get out and about again and improve my fitness, but what I also discovered was how much I missed having a dog in my life and how happy being with Sadie made me.

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