How to survive over-thinking — Courage Coaching

Over-thinking an issue or event is a very common coping mechanism for dealing with stress. When there are unresolved issues or stressful situations with more than one possible solution, this is usually what leads to never-ending ruminating. Unfortunately, over-thinking is usually linked to depression & anxiety. People that already suffer from a mental illness, are […]

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Allergies: nickel

I know I am allergic to nickel, because if I wear jewellery that contains it, it feels irritated, but it also feels like it is burning. So I always avoid jewellery that contains it and make sure family and friends know too about what jewellery I can only wear.

I have not worn a necklace for a while because of the heat/sweat rash I was experiencing, which I talked about it here and also here. Now everything is calm, I started wearing one of my favourite necklaces which is on a sterling silver chain. But after a couple of days it was irritating me and it felt like it was burning me last night. (I have found another sterling silver necklace as irritated me in the past and I had to change it to a cord one, but I put this down to the chain links catching on my skin tags.)
I have had this sterling silver necklace for a while, a replacement for the chain I broke before, but in between wearing sterling silver or 9 carat gold jewellery, I have worn 9 carat gold jewellery for longer.
I know after researching, that my chain is sterling silver, but what shocked me is, I should not be wearing it because sterling silver jewellery has also other mixed metals, which can include nickel. I was also shocked that I should not wear anything less than 18 carat gold jewellery! I must say 9 carat gold jewellery has been no issue for me at the moment, as I always wear 9 carat gold earings!

As well as 18 carat gold jewellery the minimum I should wear, I have also learnt that platinum, or surgical steel are other options for alternative jewellery, as well as other alternative jewellery like cord, ribbon, leather etc…

I have already put my pendant onto a silk cord, until my replacement cord jewellery comes for this pendant. I think I may look into making my own cord jewellery if I want anymore, as well as looking at the platinum range. (But it is expensive I have read.)


I first revealed here, in this post of learning crochet, by showing you a photo near the end of that post of a small piece I was practising on. Since then, that piece currently looks like this.


I have really taken to crochet and enjoy it, so I know this new hobby will be something of a regular one. This crochet piece, I shall turn into a small purse, as I did not want to undo my first piece of practise work. I will put a wooden button on the front, when done. I have learnt where I went wrong at the end, which was missing a stitch due to me being tight with the stitches at first and the stitches I have learnt so far the following stitches: slip knot, chain stitch, which is your base for stitches, double crochet, half treble and treble stitch. What a brain exerciser. The only problem I am going to have, is remembering the name to the stitch I know how to do.

Next week, I plan to start a new project. I want to do a striped blanket for my bed in colours that will go with what I already have in my bedroom. I already have some wool, but I may need more later, which is not a problem, as she always has this in. I shall be taking in my iPad to show the blanket I want to create in my chosen colours, as this was the kind of stripes I was looking for my blanket to go on my bed. Where I found the blanket was at Whimsy and Cosy, in this blog post.


I look forward to doing this project and when I have completed it, I will share in another blog post next year.

I don’t know what to make of Christmas, this year.

You will find I shall be quiet talking about Christmas, except for this post and another post sending you just Christmas wishes.

Over the years, I have become less excited about it, with exception the odd times where I kinda look forward to it last-minute. This year is very different though. Although I have been recently making plans with family and friends, the spark is not just there. Today, I have even put up the Christmas tree where I volunteer and it has not sparked me to put my own up. So whether it will go up in the end, I just don’t know.

Christmas is different this year and I am probably not having the spark because of what is happening to a relative. We are all finding it difficult in our own ways as we see the deterioration, of our loved one. Originally she was not expected to be with us long, but when she was moved into the nursing home, she picked right back up. But that deterioration is back again. Each day is getting more predictable, with the odd good day.

I wasn’t going to talk about Christmas, or this, because with my post being a negative post for Christmas, I did not want to spoil Christmas for anyone else. But if I did not post this, then I feel my honesty I write on this blog usually, I feel I would be holding back if I did not air this post. I know I won’t be the only one who is not looking forward to Christmas anyway and you could be one of them reading this post right now.