Book review: 101 ways To Live Well

“101 Ways To Live Well,” by Lonely Planet, is an easy to read book that you can read right from the beginning, or dip in and out of where it interests you. (www.lonelyplanet.com)
This book helps you to discover secret wellness hacks that you can incorporate into your regular routine. It can be just 5 minutes, or 10 minutes, to help you feel calmer, more productive, healthier and without sacrificing your hours. These tips for your body and for your mind, can help at home, work, play, relationships and travel.
Some tips are familiar to me, but there are lots of new ones too. A nice handbag size book to read on the go.

I already started reading this book before I went on my recent holiday and I was reading it in the hotel, or on the coach at times. A nice book that will stay on my bookshelf for future use.

Doodle and Mindfulness

I have bought four books recently, from Amazon. Two of them are doodling books and the other two are mindfulness books, although doodling books fall under mindfulness too. (My opinion.)

My doodle books.

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My mindfulness books.

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I am going to be in doodle heaven, but although they are not meant to be, I may find a challenge at times. But all good to get me inspired and my brain in a different mental gear.

The mindfulness books in the last photo will be a challenge too, as one gets me thinking and the other a motivation to try what is in the book. The book, “Start where you are,” from flicking through, will give me some self-awareness, maybe help with self-esteem, because of this book being a self-reflection type book.

The coming months ahead, as I dip in and out of these books will be interesting.

A year ago, on 5th February…

I don’t know if you have realised, but I have only realised how my blog was one year old, on 5th February. It all started with my first post, Hello world.
When I first started writing this blog back then, I did not realise how long I would write this for. I did not have any long-term goals for it, other than this blog be therapeutic for me.
I have met some lovely supportive people via WordPress and who are mostly bloggers themselves. You have shown me what a supportive, lovely bunch you can all be, to say you have not met me personally and only know me through my blog. (Although there are friends who read this too and have met me, or know me personally in some way. Some are even from when I wrote my deaf blog.) Although I have said thank you before for following my blog, I thank you again.

I have expressed some triggering contents in my posts. A lot of them was at the beginning of my blog journey and for those who have read this blog from the beginning, will know certain things I had to do, to help me on my healing journey after counselling had finished. I also revealed bullying and the effects. (As if I did not have enough already in my childhood.)

This year, I revealed for the first time publicly, how one time I was raped some years ago. I shared this after #ITSNOTOK campaign. I felt such relief by sharing this, than I personally expected and weight off my shoulders. I suppose because I felt shame underneath, which I know I should not. It goes to show rape can happen anywhere and #ITSNOTOK.

I have learnt from feedback received, that this blog is a positive inspiration for you in lots of ways. I am happy to hear this and while I feel the need to write, I will continue. This blog covers a wide variety of things as I grow. It will still cover depression etc… whether I share my bad days, or news I learn from elsewhere, but also it will still cover my wellbeing at times and learning I do. There is also my garden that has caught interest with some readers last year. I do plan to share further this year, than I have already. So if you want to continue following the garden progress, then do keep reading.

My reasons for eating healthy

For my healthy eating motivation, I have inside my cupboard a, ‘benefits list.’ This has been in my cupboard for over two years since I started eating healthier. But after my admittance of how my eating has gone to pot a lot the last month, (Emotional eating) when it came to sweet stuff, I thought I would share my benefits list here.
I have re-wrote my list, as the other one I had is looking a little faded and tired. My benefits list has not changed and stays the same, as below.

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Emotional eating

Although I have eaten healthy dinners and not missed out on those, my vice of all last month has been sweet stuff. January has been a pig out for me at home, sometimes pigging out more than twice a day and exceeding my original three allowances a week for myself. I know all this is down to emotional eating and I know it is understandable for what I have been through. But, I now need to kick this in the bud.
There were plenty of reasons for me eating healthily. The main one was keeping my blood pressure healthy. Added bonus, in being in a size 12 coat, which has recently ripped on the sleeve. I gained a stone I originally lost, when I weighed myself end of January. (I know this is a little less now.) My red coat, although wearable until recent events, I had noticed for sometime it getting tight in places. So although to anyone else visually I may not be putting weight back on, I have felt the difference and seen that little difference. (But mainly felt.)

To say I have been eating a lot of sweet stuff, I have not gained a sweet tooth and things I find sweet are still sweet when my taste buds changed originally, when I cut down and only allowing myself those three sweet treats a week if I wanted them.

There has been times my willpower has been good for so long, but I am around temptation, even though I have said no thanks with proudness, then willpower gives up and I take that offering. So please, when I say no thanks, please leave it to that. If you want it, you eat it. I don’t mind you eating it in front of me. Just don’t offer anything further, or pressure me to take something sweet home, when I have said no thanks. Some cake I was given recently, I threw away when I arrived home.

All my sweet stuff has gone in the kitchen cupboard and as always, I need to stop buying anymore, because if it is in the cupboard, I tend to go for it. But if it isn’t, I don’t tend to think about it, or if I do, I mostly don’t go out for it.

I also need to get a bit more activity in, like getting back on my exercise bike. There is no excuse for not getting on my exercise bike these last couple of months, because it is in the living room. The plan was while watching tv, cycle on it for 30 minutes a day, three or four times a week. I did very well committing to this, till it stopped. So I do need to motivate myself and get back on it, as well as the above.

Some related posts:

A year today, being off my blood pressure medication.

My taste buds changing

 

Invisible illnesses do not make invisible people

Something I came across Facebook and I wanted to share here. There are many illnesses that are invisible, but because they are invisible, it does not mean our invisible illness are not easy. It does not make them any less.

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Just some examples of invisible illnesses are:

  • mental illness
  • dyslexia
  • hearing loss
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia

As I have mentioned, this is just a short list and there are many other invisible illnesses.

 

 

Book review: “Mindfulness for everyday living,” by Christopher Titmuss.

This is a guide as the title says, mindfulness for everyday living. By focusing on the present, we can teach ourselves to appreciate what is going on around us. To become happier and calmer, without the constant anxiety caused by worrying about the past or the future. By practising the Buddhist art of mindfulness, we can experience life on a different level.
This book brings an introduction to the basic principles of mindfulness and the benefits it can bring. There are exercises to try throughout the book, that can be used in your daily life and helpful advice on dealing with emotional issues, arguments and relationships.

The first time you read this book I suggest you read it all, then go back to where you feel it is useful for you. It is certainly a book that you can refer back to, because mindfulness is something that has to be worked on. It is not something that you can easily pick up on in a week.
Now I have read the book throughout, I will certainly go back and read parts of it that are helpful for me.

Contents of this book:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Mindfulness of Energy
  • Mindfulness of Activities
  • Mindfulness of Inner Life
  • Mindfulness of Five Precepts, Seven Ways for Inner Change
  • Mindfulness of Spiritual Experiences

For those that already have some experience of mindfulness in some way, you will be familiar with some of the things it talks about in the book, like relaxation breathing exercises. There is still something to learn though, from this book and I learnt a lot. It is a book that will remain on my bookshelf, to keep referring back to.

Beating the rash

Since talking about my rash in a few posts last year, I have finally won the battle on it, but I have had to rule quiet a few things out. Surprisingly, the rash I was battling with wasn’t a heat/sweat rash after all. For those that have not followed this blog for long, to cut it short I suffer with contact dermatitis on my hands, but the rash started spreading up my arms and then I was getting it around my neck.
Contact dermatitis will never completely go, as I will always possibly have the odd flare up, but it should be manageable for me and easy to control. But this rash that was appearing and spreading up my arms, I could not understand what was going on, but when my neck started playing up, I put it down to heat rash, which coincidently used to flare up sometimes when I was hot. But when it started to flare up when I wasn’t hot, I was starting to get extremely baffled. I also started to get self-conscious, because of it going up my arms and was worrying how bad it was possibly going to get. I followed the doctor’s advice to use my moisturising cream that he prescribed me for my hands. It wasn’t getting any better.

I started looking into alternative things to ease my sore rash and at times, I used my alternative moisturiser I used before. It was going. I went back on to the moisturising cream my doctor prescribed me and it came back. But at this point, it did not register to me that it could be this moisturising cream.

One night, I decided to put the moisturising cream on my arms. I went up slightly higher on one arm, than the other. I woke up in the early hours finding myself scratching my arms and discovered they were all covered in rash. One arm, (the arm I went slightly further with the cream,) was covered in rash to how far I went up with the cream originally. It then registered with me that it was the cream, remembering how the rash varied to whether my arms just had the residue of the cream off my hands, or whether I applied directly. Same with the odd occasion when I applied the cream to my already sore neck. It took a few weeks, but my arms have now fully recovered, since I stopped using the cream my doctor gave me and I now use the one I used before. I was so shocked to discover it was this cream and to find it wasn’t suiting me as I thought it was.

As for my neck, I still had a rash flaring up there and it was itchy and sore. The only last thing I could rule out for this was the shampoo. The shampoo I had not used before and after running out of options of what could be the cause of my rash, this was the only one thing that it could be. Failing that, then I would have to call in the pharmacy or my doctors. After stopping the suspected shampoo and going back to something I knew that was ok for me, my rash quickly calmed down and no longer itched. So it was the shampoo, but strange how my scalp was not affected as well. (No more using that particular shop brand.)

Now I have learnt that the irritation is to do with cream, I have started to try my sterling silver jewellery again, in case I wasn’t reacting to this because of using cream and shampoo at the time. I probably will find though that I will, but I want to see, or if not that, then just the chain catching my skin tags doing it. I shall carry on putting my current pendants on cord, or lace necklace if the case.