Bullet Journal Flip Through November 2017

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? As always leave me a comment below and let me know how your week has been! 

So. I’ve been Bullet Journalling for almost 2 years now and I absolutely love it! I’m quite and artistic person and love the fact of designing your own journal (if I could do this for a living I totally would!) 

Ryder Carroll was the main Bullet Journal creator and he came up with the idea and you can watch his video explaining how the Bullet Journal works on his YouTube video The Bullet Journal (how it works). Obviously you don’t have to follow his every step, it’s your journal! You create it how you want it! I find loads of inspiration on Pinterest and also a YouTube called Boho Berry has amazing videos and creative ideas. 

I started my Bullet Journal to help me manage my MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and plan things out so I would find life easier — I suffer with brain fog at times so having the journal to make sure I know what I’m doing is great! I also use it to track symptoms, write things down in which I’m grateful for and to also write down what in achieving with MS. Especially if I’m going through a relapse. 

The main thing I love is literally all the pens and stationary you can get (I’m obsessed as you’ll see in a minute!) But I literally have all of the colours of the rainbow and possible more! I just love colouring in 😊

My Bullet Journals have helped me so much to be more organised and to not stress out and if you are similar to me and like being creative.. then I’d highly recommend starting a Bullet Journal 😊 

Here are some pics of my latest Journal and throughout the month of November what I’ve been doing in it.. I hope you enjoy it 😊

I absolutely love my Bullet Journal and I hope you’ve liked it too 😊 let me know if you’d like to see more blog posts like this 😊 

Love Hannah xx

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Relaxing Night Routine

Hey Everyone! How are you all doing? Leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply 😊

In today’s blog post I’m going to be talking (writing) you through my relaxing evening routine to help with sleep. Now this is working very well for me and I hope it can help at least one of you to hopefully get a better nights sleep.

For my MS fatigue I was given Amantadine and I found a couple of side effects quite disruptive. The first one was crazy weird dreams at night, not nightmares just very strange that would cause me to wake up a few times in the night. Another side effect was insomnia, where I couldn’t actually sleep. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to sleep for a couple of hours, consequently making the fatigue worse during the day.

My MS nurse told me that it will pass over a few days and my doctor gave me Amitriptyline to take at night to hopefully help me to sleep and calm my anxiety… However, since doing this routine I’ve not needed to take the amitriptyline AND I’ve been sleeping through the whole night 😊

1) When I can I put my phone away on silent and on charge at 7:30pm, I don’t look through Twitter, Instagram or messages after 7:30pm. I also put my iPad on charge at 7:30pm and try not to look at that either, I don’t watch YouTube videos after this time or anything stimulating. I’ve found this to really help me to wind down before going to bed because being off work at the moment I’m on my phone and iPad a reasonable about during the day and having a technology detox at night after 7:30pm really helps me to relax.

2) Sometimes I like to have a nice relaxing bath to help me wind down and relax. Now I don’t do this every night, mainly on the nights where I’ve felt particularly uptight, stressed or anxious or if I’m having a pamper night. Normally I do other things to help wind down but also to keep me entertained too. I do find that having a nice relaxing bath really does help me, I always have a nice cold glass of water to sip and this is when I do watch YouTube on my iPad (yes I know if said I put it in charge but I don’t do this every night) when I do watch YouTube at night then it’s relaxing, restful videos like night routines etc.

3) Herbal tea. I only try and have one cup of coffee a day and then I try and stay away from caffeine as much as possible and after 5:30pm I don’t have any caffeine at all and stick to water, decaf tea or herbal tea. My favourite herbal teas are: Lemon & Ginger, Peppermint and Camomile – I always make a cup of this every night and have it in bed.

4) Before I get changed into my pyjamas, brush my teeth,go to the toilet etc I like to do my exercises. These are the exercises that my physio gave me to do and some nice gentle yoga stretches. I find this a really nice way to relax the body and just loosen up before bed. I don’t bring my yoga mat upstairs purely because i don’t need it on the landing 😊

5) Once I’ve done my stretches I get changed into some nice cosy pyjamas, wash my face with my amazing Liz Earle cleanse and Polish with warm water, brush my teeth and then climb into bed 😊 this is when I’ll either write in my Bullet Journal, colour in an adult colouring book or on this occasion, paint my nails 😊 and whilst waiting for my nails to dry I just sip of my herbal tea of choice 😊

6) Once my nails have completely dried I then read my book of choice. At the moment I’m reading a book called “A cat called Alfie” it’s a lovely light hearted book and reminds me so much of my cat Arthur! (Any cat lovers out there, I’d recommend this!) I find that reading really helps me to relax in the evenings and during the day too if I want to read. I always make sure it’s a nice light hearted book and not a thriller or mind stimulating and I really do find that reading makes me sleepier, I always read one chapter a night (this book has fairly short chapters which I like!

7) Once the chapter is finshed and I’ve had my tea (I never manage to drink a full cup lol) I put my iPad on low light setting, low volume and out a film on that helps me to fall asleep. I’m one of those people who can’t go to sleep in silence, I don’t know about any of you guys, but I find that if I try to sleep in silence then my mind wanders and I end up not being able to sleep. So having a nice relaxing film on helps me to drift off, it’s been the best way for me 😊

And that is my relaxing night routine to help with sleep. I try and do this every night unless I’m away or out for the evening, but I find it has really made a difference with my sleep pattern and I feel a bit more refreshed when I wake up in the morning.

I normally fall asleep around 9pm and wake up at around 5:30am, sometimes I wish I could sleep for longer but I think this is my body clock at the moment which is fine cause I’m still getting 8.5 hours of un-disturbed sleep.

I really hope you’ve found this post useful and I really hope I helps just one of you 😊 the main thing I think that has helped me is not using my phone or iPad after a certain time in the evening.

Thank you for reading

Lots of Love

Hannah xx

Time to TOTALLY relax! (At home Spa)

Hello everyone, how have you all been? As always leave me a comment down below and I’ll be sure to reply πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. 

So… I’d say over the last couple of days I’ve fallen down those mean and evil negative holes. Beating myself up, putting myself down, making myself feel guilty and that I need to try harder.. you know these nasties… 

“Surely you’re better now? It’s been 4 weeks” 

“Come in you’re only tired, others have it much worse and they have to go to work still” 

“When are you going back to work then? How long are you off for?”

“Maybe you need to push yourself through this and just try harder”

“People at work are getting annoyed with you now, it’s not fair on them”

“Just try harder and get better quickly, you need to both financially and physically, just do it”

Yep… Those thoughts.. let’s call them “little devils”. Even when writing them out for you all to read its like hearing them again… BUT NOT ANYMORE! 

I’m now trying to stop being so hard on myself and forcing myself to get better so quickly when all its been doing is I believe knocking me backwards slightly. Learning to relax more and just *chill* lol. 

Looking back at how far I’ve come and all the things I have achieved.. I may do a new Bullet Journal page about that so I can see in front of me all that I’ve achieved so far. 

I need to remember that I will get better with time and that time is a healer too.. not doing 20 step ups and 15 squats a day until I’m totally knackered (yes I was desperate to get better quickly and thought doing all these exercises every single day would help me get there)… 

So now I’m going to do more things for the Mind as well as the Body.. just looking after me, not thinking about others for a change! So that’s where we get onto the topic of creating an At Home Spa. 

My lovely mum and step dad came over to decorate the bathroom at the weekend and I’m just so happy with the result, it looks so much brighter and calmer in there now, so why not create an At Home Spa? 

Just a little disclaimer — everyone’s thoughts and ideas are different and these are just mine, I’m not saying you need to do it this way πŸ™‚

Here was the before and after photos of the bathroom πŸ™‚ 

Before

After

I am beyond grateful for the work my mum and step dad put into the bathroom.. this room is where I like to relax my mine and body lol (I know that sounds a bit corny lol) but before the amazing transformation I’d never feel totally relaxed after a bath, no matter how many candles I lit etc.. however now.. is a totally different story! 

The Paint we used was Dulux Bathroom Apple White the ” Chatsworth tall boy” cabinet was from The Range UK the other things I already had.. and the candles are actually battery powered from Amazon.. overall I just think it’s amazing and I’m so happy with it πŸ™‚

For me creating an “At Home Spa” is all about the environment and setting.. I like to have the main lights out and with candles (battery ones are fab). I also love bubbles and at the moment I use some of the radox bubble baths and I also use Epsom  Salts too which are super relaxing. 

I then like to have a little pamper session.. this usually involves washing my hair, face mask you know.. the works πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Once I’m out of the bath (literally had THE best bath tonight) and I’m feeling much more relaxed, I then like to have a little treat.. on this occasion it was a delicious Vegan chocolate made by my mum (yes she is just amazing lol) some fruit and a nice cold drink.. tonight orange squash with orange slices. 

Then I just relax, put on a nice film (tonight was Mrs Doubtfire – a classic favourite) and just relax whilst my hair roughly dries — I find that I need to rest after I’ve had a bath and regain some energy so relaxing with a nice snack is perfect. 

Sometimes I write in my Bullet Journal and I love creating and seeing inspiring pages on Pinterest.. I’m working on a page at the moment about “Things I need to do more often” so I can look at it and choose to do at least one thing a day 😊 

And I also love painting my nails so I chose a colour from my selection and do this too, I find it very therapeutic lol. 

(Tonight it was this gorgeous purple colour from Barry M)

To completely relax me before bed, I put my phone into airplane mode and out of the way at about 8:30pm and make myself this delicious drink that the lovely Jen from Tripping Through Treacle got me into called “Golden Milk” she had a pic of it on Instagram and I was very interested so decided to give it a go:-

Almond milk, ginger & cinnamon (I use 1/4tsp), turmeric (1/2tsp), sweetner of some kind and a light dusting of pepper (to help the turmeric absorb) 

Then it’s lights out and time to settle down into sleep – the Golden Milk really helps me to drift off to sleep, it’s so relaxing AND an anti-inflammatory super drink 😊

And this is how I totally relax.. and I need to keep the “relaxing” up… No more beating myself up, no more obsessively pushing myself… Nope… Now it’s actually taking care of “ME” time! 

I’m sorry this post has been long, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the read and I hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Lots of Love

Hannah xx

November Link Up

Hello Everyone 😊

This is my second link up party which was created my the lovely Sheryl at www.achronicvoice.com. I think this is such a wonderful idea for bloggers with chronic illnesses to get together and also she positive experiences.. it definitely makes me feel better and more positive when I write about them.

So here are November’s prompts! I hope you all enjoy the read and I challenge you to go ahead and join in, let me know once you’ve written yours and I’ll check it out 😊 also check out Sheryl’s blog (linked above) to find out the rules for this. 

Okay so the prompts for this month are:-

β€’ Discovering

β€’ Rediscovering

β€’ Anticipating

 β€’Decluttering

β€’ Cherishing

Discovering

So this is the first prompt and the main thing that I’ve discovered is a new book. It’s called “The Cosy Tea Shop in The Castle” written by Caroline Roberts. My sister gave this to me I’d say a couple of weeks ago and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I read a chapter a day (so I don’t finish it too quickly lol) and I can happily say that it’s such a wonderful cheerful book and I know it will make you all smile 😊

Re-discovering
So I really like this prompt because over the last week whilst I’m recovering from this relapse I’ve started going out for daily walks around a little block near my house. It’s a lovely little walk through a greenery area and at this time of year the leaves look so beautiful on the floor. 

This walk has three parts. The first is a short 2 minute walk, the second is about 5 minutes and the third is a little longer. I’m able to do the second walk and I know I’ll manage the longer one as soon as I’m stronger again ☺️

Anticipating

Now this one is a little harder to think of, however I feel the one thing that I am anticipating is seeing my Neurologist on Tuesday. Being able to discuss this relapse, the MS fatigue and the possible attempt to retry MS treatment again. 

Since this relapse (third this year) I’m definitely reconsidering my options, all for the better however. I am no longer letting MS affect my life the way it has, adapting to it is different and learning to help myself everyway I can is definitely a positive. I feel strongly that ignoring MS isn’t always the best way. 

De-cluttering

This one made me smile a bit. Again I’d say since this relapse I’ve been very keen to keep my home neat and tidy (it’s always clean) and making sure there isn’t a lot of “stuff” just lying around. I do a little bit of house work everyday and that seems to keep everything in order. My main place that I like to be “clutter free” is my kitchen, it brings me calm and peace when I see a nice tidy kitchen 😊


Cherishing

I love this prompt too. I cherish every single moment that I’m breathing. I cherish all my loved ones who are ALWAYS there for me. I cherish my home and all the wonderful things in it. Basically everything! 

I think we all take things for granted in life. Instead being able to cherish things, yes even the little things allows us to remain positive and happy.. even if we are having a bad day! 

And these are my November Link Ups. I thoroughly enjoy writing them and I thank Sheryl from www.achronicvoice com for creating this. 

If anyone else reading this has written their November Link up, leave me a comment so I can read yours too 😊

I hope you’re all well (as well as can be). Sending you all lots of love

Hannah xx