Remembering to give time for me and finding the balance again

As you know during the time I have written this blog, if you have been a long time follower here, I have learnt and practised giving myself self-care.

I have learnt as an introvert that I must have ‘me time,’ so I can feel recharged, without feeling guilty for that. But the additional practice of self-care I would talk about here, was an additional learning curve. Things I do are either what I have come up with, or what I have thought, ‘oh that’s a good idea,’ when reading other people’s blogs on self-care.

Before the issues with mum’s mental health decline, I learnt about finding the balance for me, as part of self-care.
A little slip up didn’t hurt. But if I totally neglected myself, then the way I would feel and possibly behave, would be that reflection of not looking after me.

Last year, I had given only a little time for me, but I let it slide more, because of worrying about mum and looking after her.
Eventually, when mum decided to start pushing away part of a care team, that did not go down well with me. Tensions showing. I certainly made it known to mum, that living with me one day, when originally we were going to do this, that throwing away her care team, was definitely not part of the deal. She needed to still work with them, because although they were there for her, I felt supported too, because I knew I could approach them if need be.

It was soon after this, when further changes with mum’s mental health for the worst, that I was starting to not have the energy, or motivation for me, let alone anyone else and my mental health declining as well. Then as you know, I had to have a temporary break. Mum’s support team being made aware of this and so keeping an extra eye on her, while I concentrated on me.
I wasn’t long being in a place I thought I would never be and that was being suicidal myself.
I got my own private support due to the counselling provider on the NHS failing me, yet again. (Same as before: disability access issues.) I will always use this private counsellor from now on, whenever I need her.

The temporary break, turned into a longer break and without pressure, after being contacted by her Social Worker this year, I got involved a little, because the choices being made for mum, in her life, were very important decisions.
With mum not expressing her feelings in those decisions due to her mental health decline, then it was better if someone who knew her better than them, to make those important decisions, if possible. Those important decisions being preferences/her wishes if she had any, regarding care homes.

Now, as you know, I am in the process of filling in necessary forms for Court of Protection, with the help of a solicitor, to look after her financial affairs. A new learning curve in my life, that I never thought I would have to do.
I know I don’t have to do it, but there is no way the council are going to be in charge of looking after her finances, due to being no one ekse.
Mum always trusted me with her money, when need be. So I feel I have the duty to, because I know this is what mum would have wanted.

There are then changes at my evening job and they keep changing still. I have not got a clue anymore as in what I should be doing, because of my memory.
Let’s not forget recently  when I posted about communication issues there.
So this area is stressful in my life too.
We still have too much to do and with changes happening again, it’s not just me that doesn’t have a clue and getting stressed. Regardless boss saying to us, do what you can with an ever growing area in front of you, it still doesn’t help. Especially when we are in a time as we are where cleaning should not be neglected and I feel it is, because of what we can’t do. That’s not my way of working at all.
I actually can’t wait to be on annual leave, from this job at the moment, with how I feel.

Due to new responsibilities coming my way and as I have shared recently, I have created an extra system in what I do to help with possible future queries, issues, as well as when I fill in forms as part of my deputy duties, when that time comes.

I have slowly slipped in the last few weeks for me, because of focusing on this system and the other things I have had to do in between. Not forgetting also mum’s missing items.
It’s a reminder to me how easily it can happen and a reminder to focus on me and make sure I take time, for me.
So I am making sure I find and practice finding my balance again, on my self-care.


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My miracle handcream

O'Keefs Working Hands hand cream

Those that follow my blog for some time now, will know I can get problem hands. I have had contact dermatitis before, which I experienced more in my old job, than I do now. But as for hands still getting sore and cracked come winter, they can flare back up.

In the past, I have had a couple of hand creams I have liked and recommended, but now, the above cream pictured, is my go to. This hand cream has become my miracle cream.

O’Keeffes Working Hands hand cream, I have been using 2 weeks today. I started using this cream when I could not stop my hands from getting sorer and sorer with my usual hand cream. My left hand was worser than my right. My left hand being the sore hand.

From just a few days in, I could see the difference and before the week was out, my right hand was better and all clear. My left hand was getting better but not fully right at this point, with it being my worst hand, but after a week it had.

Now my hands are back to being healed and healthy, I still plan to use this cream, in between my other I have left. But I won’t be buying anymore of my previous hand cream for regular use. This will be my hand cream now.

The only hand cream I will use in between will be when I use my hand cream at home that I find a relaxing smell, which was the Boots Live + Be. When I need that relaxing smell. Youcan find that in this post, Some relaxing products I have been trying.

I have known about O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream for some time and I have read really good reviews about it. But it was the price that put me off and I did wonder if the cream was good as it claimed. But now I have used it and seen for myself how good it is, I totally recommend it.

You only need a small amount as the package says, because your hands apparently will feel sticky if you put too much on. Although to start with, you may need a little more, which I did. But I only needed a little more than the recommended for 3 days. After that, I put on just a small amount. The cream is not greasy and my hands feel great.

The amount I use is less than what I would use with my previous cream, so this cream is going to last me and I can see it not being expensive for me in the long run as I previously thought.

 

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Blog post re-share: Are You a Good Friend to Yourself? — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

A good post by Dr. Eric Perry, PhD, “Are you a good friend to yourself?” Do click on the link at the end of this post to take you to it.

In the course of writing this blog, I have been keeping check on being kind to myself. Most of my adult life, I have spoken to myself horribly, putting myself down. I don’t think I have spoken to myself horrid before being an adult, but with things I have blocked/or forgotten, I don’t really know.

The last five years I have been much kinder to myself, to the years before, but the odd moments still creep in. If they do creep in, the nasty talk can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. It used to be longer than before, until putting into check.

The way I have spoken to myself, I wouldn’t speak to a friend like that.

If you are like that, then this post below will help you.

Written by Dr. Eric Perry, PhD Image Credit: Pixabay “A friend is a gift you give yourself.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson What kind of friend are you? Are you attentive, kind and compassionate or, are you neglectful, uncaring and critical? Scrolling through quotes on the internet, I was reminded of the immense value we place on […]

via Are You a Good Friend to Yourself? — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

Setting myself a challenge

As I was reading this week in ‘Healthy’ magazine, you don’t need to be religious to give something up for lent. So for 40 days before Easter, I have decided I am going to set myself a challenge. I need a kick up the backside in the area I am focusing on and I think doing it around this time, is just what I need to get myself started.

My issue is that I have been eating a lot of sweet stuff, since from around last October I think, when I started doing it.

I have eaten sweets I normally would not touch, which is the sugar coated kind, regardless I find it too sweet and sickly.

Biscuits, I am eating more of than usual and the packs are not lasting like they normally would.
When it has come to eating the biscuits, I have ate more than I normally would in a sitting and I have ate them just for the sake of it.
I say to myself I won’t buy another pack so soon. But I do and they are gone before the week is out as well.

It’s obvious to me and my counsellor why I am doing this and I know I don’t need to explain it here, as most of you will know. (For new readers, just read some of last years posts of events that affected me.)

I need to sort this and only I can do it. I thought I had it under control. But I haven’t, because I am having a lot of moments eating sweet stuff unnecessarily. So I think doing the above I mention will be a good kick start for me.
Cutting back and eating like I used to before, rather than how it currently will benefit me obviously health-wise. But also the certain things my body experiences after excess sugar will help to reduce that too, which will not help anxiety.
Writing it here, I am sharing it with you and verbally putting it to show that this is what I am going to do for the 40 days before Easter.

So here is what I am not having for the 40 days before Easter:

  • No cake
  • No biscuits
  • No sugar-coated sweets, or any other sweets with exception of Jakemans sweets. But I will only have some of these if I come down with a cold, or sore throat.
  • No dairy-free chocolate (even though I hardly have it)
  • No apple pie, or equivalent.
  • No dairy-free ice-cream

So there it is. It’s not going to be easy, but I am aiming to do this.

 

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Some relaxing products I have been trying

For some months, I have been trying some different products that smell nice and that are relaxing:

  • Radox Sleep Aromatherapy Body Wash
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist
  • Tisserand Sleep Better candle (not puctured)
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pulse Roller Ball
  • Boots Live + Be Hand Cream (not pictured)
  • Boots Live + Be Body Mist (not pictured)
  • Boots Live + Be Whipped Body Cream
  • Boots Live + Be Hand Wash

Radox Sleep Aromatherapy body wash, Tisserand Aromatherapy sleep better pillow spray and pulse point roller ball

Boots Live + Be body cream and hand wash

When I bought the ‘Tisserand Sleep Better’ range before Christmas, as my Christmas treat, I bought the gift set. It contained the candle, pillow mist and rollerball altogether.
Using them altogether, I slept solidly all through the night. I just have my pillow mist and roller ball left and although I class ‘Tisserand’ as expensive to start with, I don’t now with still having plenty left. Although some nights, I have not used it.

I would probably not buy as a gift set again, unless I treat myself. But I would consider the pillow mist and roller ball again, either together, or individually.

The ‘Radox Sleep Aromatherapy body wash,’ when showering in the evening, I would use this in conjunction with the ‘Tisserand Sleep Better’ products. I bought this to try after seeing it on a reduced offer. I loved the relaxing smell, while showering.

The ‘Boots Live + Be range’ is what I call budget range as they are in my preferred and affordable price range. But none of these products feel budgety.

I absolutely love this range and I have been going back for more.

I started off at first with just the hand cream in, ‘Captivating Pause’ and ‘Beautiful Connection.’ I had both of these on the coffee table, applying them to my hands in the day, when I needed to relax.
I bought these when I was at my worst depressive and suicidal state.
I liked both of these scents, but I found I was drawn more to the ‘Beautiful Connection one,’ as this ran out first.
Since then, I have bought the body mist spray, body cream, shower cream and more of the handcream in this scent. But I also going to try some of their other fragrances too, in this range.
So as you can see, I am hooked with theirs.
If I use their range at night before bed, then I don’t use the Tisserand. But mostly, at the moment, I use the Boots range in the day. This will probably change though, when my Tisserand has gone.

I hope Boots keep this range going, because I am hooked. I absolutely love the smell.

 

(The reviews of products in this post are my own personal reviews that I have shared myself. I have not been asked to create these reviews.)

 

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It’s the weekend

I don’t do many of these type of weekend posts and not something plan to. But here’s one today. Past weekend posts can be found at the end of the post.

So last weekend, on a Sunday, I pampered my hair, in which I shared the review of that product here, in this post, Review: Garnier Ultimate Blends Smoothing Hair Food Coconut and Macadamia. But I also pampered my feet. Something I have neglected on last year. By taking time out to pamper my feet and feel the positive effects of it, as well as my feet feeling really good, I shall be doing this again tomorrow. So tomorrow, after my shower and giving my hair that deep treatment, my feet will go in my foot spa for 20 minutes. During that time, I will exfoliate my feet using my pumice stone, then I will moisturise my feet. Massaging them while I do this.

Today, my plan was to walk around the nature reserve after calling at the shop for a few things, but it was one of those mornings where I felt fatigued. Not something I have felt for a while. So it felt a slow start this morning. So after I had my mug of tea and breakfast, which I had a boiled egg sandwhich, I called at the shop, judging whether after I been home with my items, whether I would go back out for this walk.
The weather felt as though there was dampness in the air, so I did not fancy that walk around the nature reserve with dampness and the cold. It felt like it was getting in my knees in the short time I was out there. So I did not fancy that. So when I was back at home, I opened my living room window a little more wider to get my fresh air and I had a second large mug of tea, mindfully drinking it in the quiet. Well, as quiet as it can be with a washer on. Mindfully tasting my tea, the warmth of the drink and the cosy feeling it gave me while feeling the warmth on my hands, holding the mug. Occasionally looking out if my window, from where I was sat at the dining table. I then painted my nails. So I have light purple nail varnish on my nails today.

After this post airs, I am having a simple meal I picked up today. I am having a tin of vegetarian ravioli. I plan to have with it a wholemeal roll, with dairy-free spread on it. I will also be having another large mug of tea.

I shall then this afternoon drop off dvd’s a neighbour lent me and more likely come back with more. So if that’s the case, you will know what
I will be doing next. Some more dvd’s to watch. 😊

Enjoy your weekend. What’s your plans?

Past, weekend type posts:

 

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My Vision Board and Gratitude Wall

I still use my organiser as I shared in this post, Organiser and journal combined. But for 2020, I have created a Vision Board and Gratitude Wall, by buying a large whiteboard and getting things on there. Half the board is my Vision Board and the other half my Gratitude Wall.

My whiteboard which has my vision board and Gratitude on it

This will hang on my bedroom door, so I will see it morning and night, as well as any other time I am in my room. I have also added either a quote, or affirmation on my board since taking a photo of this.

The Vision Board has long term and short term goals.
The short term being my day trips I would like to go on that are near, or far, so I have something to look forward to this year.
The long term which I am basing on over the course of the next 2 to 3 years, is saving as much as I can. At the end of the 2 or 3 years, I want to see if I have saved the amount I would like to save to possibly help towards buying a house. Realistically though, it may be 3 years I more likely do it in. So if that’s the case, then another year extra I will aim for. But if I don’t manage to do this, or I choose not to continue down this route by that time, then I will look at moving privately in a 2 bed house.
Until then, I look at the houses online for sale and any that interest me, I walk to that street literally to view from the outside, so I see if my impressions change and also see if the area itself I would be happy to live in.
I have also looked at what is going for rent as well and done the same.
But if I am lucky to get a council flat in this time, that I bid on, then I will obviously take it.
The Gratitude Wall I expect to fill up, as the year progresses. I have already added further since I took a photo of this.

I hope by creating this board, that it helps to keep me motivated each day, feel a little hope and serve as a reminder of some things I plan to do, that I will be looking forward to, when things get difficult.

I hope to do this each year.

Do you use a vision board, or a gratitude board like this, or something similar?

Do you have any goals for this year?

 

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Have you completely cut out refined sugar?

I can’t see me ever cutting out refined sugar completely, because I like my cake and sometimes some chocolate. But I need to reduce it, like I have done before.
With the difficulties I have had this year and especially how I felt these last few months, I have been eating a lot of the wrong thing. No surprise is it as I am sure you reading this now, will acknowledge how easy it can be to have something of the wrong thing that we find comforting.
Last month, at times I ate really high sugar content. This was surprising I managed that, without feeling sick, because when I changed the way I ate a few years ago for the better, meant my tastebuds changed and I could no longer tolerate sweet food. Yet, just last month I ate two bags of sugar-coated sweets, without grimacing. I did not eat these two bags in one go, but I did eat them the same day. Not like me at all. But thankfully, I have not gone out to buy another bag of those sweets and I have no intention.

Refined sugar we all know is not essential for our health. We also know it’s not good for our health:

  • Obesity
  • Cavities in teeth
  • Type 2 diabetes

These are just a few. But I have also been reading how it can affect out mental health. It apparently does not help us if we have depresdion and anxiety. Some things I have read for this, a lot of them I have experienced.

I admire those that can really cut out the refined sugar, because sugar appears in food you would not think of, like white bread for example. But there are other foods too, which I won’t list, because it is too many to list and if you want to read up on it further, you only have to Google it.

As I have said, I can’t see me cutting it out completely. But, I can reduce it.

Out of curiosity, have any of my readers cut out refined sugar completely from their diet?

If so, maybe you have suggestions, or tips for me and other readers, should we decide to cut it out.
But even if not cutting out, reducing is better than nothing.

 

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Organiser and journal combined

My last journal was the one I shared in this post, back in June: My own vitality wheel and wellness journal.
I mentioned in a later post somewhere how I would use an ring bound organiser in future, so it could be flexible with me. I don’t do bullet journaling in a way I once did and so the idea of using an organiser, I could combine everything I wanted in there. That last bullet journal I shared in that above post link was a more simpler version that I liked. But now that has come to an end after it was all filled up, I then used my new ring bound organiser, combined journal. I have been using this a few months now.

Grey marble leather effect organiser

A peak inside.

I still do a year in pixels. I tried to transfer this years from my filled up journal to this ring binder, but failed, as I ripped the page completly trying to get it out. So I did not finish off this years.
For next year, I have found a free printable I like, that I have got ready, colour coding it for different moods – putting stickers on it and writing a quote. I have this in my wellness section.

My year in pixels ready for 2020

The wellness section also contains other small bits of info as reminders I could do for my self-care.
In this section I have included a section labelled experiences, where I have a list of things I would like to do that I have not done before.
I also have a colourful double-page section for plans for this year, which are mostly ticked off now and I have next years drawn up ready.
I have a double-page of some favourite quotes and I have also my personal achievements for the year listed in this section.

The divider cards that came with the organiser, I have used them all. One divider I changed to ‘wellness’ section. I can’t remember now what it was previously. But I did not need it.

The diary section had dividers for each month of the year. I did not use the blank diary sheets that came with it and instead printed my own monthly ones I like to use and that I get on better with.

I have a to do section. So I can list anything here for the day if required and I can tick it off.

And at the back, I have the notes section which just has lined paper. I write anything here, that doesn’t fit anywhere else. I have a few handy notes written here, should I need to refer and my Christmas plans that I am doing for me, I have this here too.

As you can see from the photos, I have personalised it to suit me. I like using this, as it’s very flexible for me. I can take things out, or add to suit, without ruining the whole thing.

 

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Chit-Chat early October

Soap hair bars

I have read posts in the past from other bloggers who have tried shampoo and conditioner bars, as an alternative to  bottles, to help reduce plastic.
A lot of these bloggers have tried these bars from Lush and they have given good reviews about them.
Like these bloggers, I have been a slow tryer of shampoo and conditioner bars.
Also, I associate Lush as expensive and so I have never been in Lush, or these similar type shops, until now.
Reading from other blog posts how long these bars have last them, compared to bottles, I expect my bars to last that long, or longer. (I am expecting longer.) So when I have used mine up, I will review in a separate post, next year.

An app to help me with my medication

I am only on asthma and hayfever medications. Both are important, but after this year with my asthma, I need to make sure I never forget to take my preventer inhaler.
When I started doing morning work, because of being up very early in a morning, it is best for me to take my preventer after my shift. This is so my doses are not close together; e.g. late in the evening and very early in a morning, when I can keep my usual late evening and mid morning doses instead.
The trouble was, I was sometimes forgetting my morning dose, after finishing work. I used a bright yellow sticky note as a reminder, sticking it on my coffee table, so that when I would sit in my usual place after work for a cuppa, I was hoping this would remind me. It didn’t work very well, because either I still forget, or I could not remember if I had took it, or not.
After speaking to a friend about this, he recommended ‘MyTherapy’ app. I have been using this app on my phone for over a month now and it has done the job. It is a good reminder if I forget, as I have my preventer inhaler listed in my app, with set times I want to be alerted.
I don’t have any doubts now whether I took it or not, because at the time of taking my medication, when it reminds me, I confirm that I have taken it.

MyTherapy app is free and it is available on the Apple app and Google play store. Click on the link below to find out more about it.

https://www.mytherapyapp.com/

It is very easy to use and I recommend it too, if you need reminding about your medication.

My mum

As I mentioned in Chit-chat extra September, my mum had been sectioned. I seen my mum’s consultant (doctor) where she currently is, so she could ask me some questions about my mum; what she was like when her mental health was good and bad, back from the early days, to present. So they get a better picture of my mum.

When I met up with my mum’s doctor, the chat was done in a private room off the ward, as I requested.
My mum’s doctor also told me at the start that this meeting was not to judge me, or expect me to be any part of her care, when the time comes one day she is discharged, or where my mum currently is.
I said to the doctor how a few people have judged me directly, or indirectly after I announced I was having a temporary break from my mum because I cannot cope anymore. The doctor said this was wrong of them and said it’s a lot to cope with in just a day, let alone do it as I have been doing. The doctor also said like other medical professionals have said that’s it’s time to look after me and when it’s time, carers in mum’s home, or assisted living has to be accepted by my mum, if she is to avoid a care home type setting.
The doctor mentioned how more care is required to ensure there is no repeat of how mum has gone, making sure she takes her meds in which ever form they may be (injection or tablets) and, that she takes care of herself, while I remain just being the daughter and not the carer.

Mum is not being discharged anytime soon. My mum’s mental health is worser than the time she had a breakdown when I was 11 and is having injections at the moment because of how bad her mental health is.
Mum has lost a little bit more weight since she was last there in the mental health unit.
As well as the usual negative voices I am aware of that she has, mum is also hearing voices telling her not to eat.
Her doctor believes at some point that mum stopped taking her medication again, hence her deteriation. So it is possible, as I discussed with the doctor and when I mentioned it here on my blog, that when my mum behaved the way she did towards me, that triggered my childhood, when I talked about how her behaviour was the same as when I was in my teens when she stopped taking her meds then, but I believed this time round that she was still taking them, that it was possible that mum did not.

The doctor said that my mum’s mental health is that bad, that she is not at the stage to listen to anyone and accept what is normal, or not. So it couldn’t be avoided, what has now happened.
For the type of mental health my mum has, when you get older it gets either more mellow, or worse. Unfortunately, it seems mum has got worse. But hopefully, once stable, they can get her back on some kind of a healthy level. 

The doctor also mentioned to me when we chatted, that they could do the contacting where required to help me, when it comes to informing the council, pension etc.. so that I don’t have to do it. All I need to do is give them necessary information of who they need to contact. I am to do this when ready and not to rush.
I have the necessary information on me after checking, but I shall still call at my mum’s place, as I want to check her home is ok and move her mail away from her door, so it looks lived in. I also need to dispose of food past it’s date in the fridge, like milk for example.

After this, I shall make sure rest of the day is mine.

 

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