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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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A Letter to Myself

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A letter I wrote to myself on the final week of the Mindfulness for Health course, which Jane posted back to us. It arrived this morning.

Dear Emma,

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is often difficult, lonely and filled with pain, but it is also so much more than that. Take the time to notice the good and enjoy the pleasant.

The most important message to take from the mindfulness course is to be kind, mostly to myself, but also to others. Accept your limitations, pace yourself, rest, breathe, smile. Remember not to be angry with yourself or feel guilty, it is not your fault. Give others the benefit of the doubt when they are flakey, seem distant or just don’t take your needs or feelings into account. No one can understand your condition or how their actions impact on your health.

Take the time for self-care, meditate, move/exercise, relax, enjoy. Don’t feel guilty for looking after you.

Commit to yourself and your health. It’s important, YOU are important.

Continue to spread awareness and be a positive voice for Fibromyalgia. You can make a difference to your life, and to others. Be strong, be bold, be awesome.

With Love

Emma xxx

Fibromyalgia and the Five Stages of Grief

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For a short while after my ‘diagnosis’ of Fibromyalgia, I felt relieved. I felt that finally the way I felt had a name and that meant I could start getting better. That feeling was short lived. A diagnosis of a chronic, life-long condition takes some getting your head around. You feel a range of emotions, but one of the strongest for me was loss. I was in the mid-30s and I was being told that from now onwards I would be constantly in pain, I would be fatigued more often than not and that this would continue for the rest of my life. What about all the things I planned to do? The hills I hadn’t had time to climb just yet, the games and fun I wanted to have with my daughter as she grew up, the career I wanted to pursue?

The loss of your former life, along with the loss of your future dreams and aspirations does bring with it the same feeling of loss you would experience when a loved one dies and so you do find yourself going through the five stages of grief, as identified by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

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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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Recipe: Golden Milk

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I have been searching for a warm bedtime drink that I could have before heading up to bed. As an avid tea drinker the obvious option was calming , caffeine-free tea, but I longed for that warm, milky drink of my childhood – Ovaltine.

The Hormone Diva recently came to my aid with a recipe for Golden Milk. A warm, milky mix of turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.

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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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