Positivity, Recovery and Food

Hello everyone how are you all? I hope you’re having a good week. As always leave me a comment down below and we can have a good chat 🙂

Well if you haven’t seen my latest post I’m going through another MS Relapse. If you’d like to read that blog post entry and how it all came about then just click on the link here https://goo.gl/Tyg1AH

It’s almost been a week since having this relapse confirmed and I have felt very differently this time to last – emotionally I mean. I feel a lot more positive and determined to do whatever I can to help boost my recovery, the chronic fatigue is the worst of all my current symptoms but I don’t try to fight it, I just let it roll… If I want to have a sleep then guess what, I’ll have a sleep! (I actually had my first day time nap yesterday lol that felt good and yet slightly strange at the same time because I’ve never really slept during the day.  

No one knows how long the recovery of a relapse will take, I always say it will take as long as it does, however that does not mean that I’m not going to do everything in my power to help boost things a long and I’d like to share with you all what I’ve been doing over the last few days/week to keep my spirits up, my positive mindset thriving and my recovery boosting.  

(Imagine taken from an Instagram account surviving_multiplesclerosis)

This might sound funny to some people but I honestly feel that the food in which I’m fuelling my body is really having a positive effect on my mental health. When I think back to my 2nd relapse of this year in June I was very emotional, suffering from anxiety and severe stress – I feel a lot more relaxed with things in general. Obviously I have periods where anxiety creeps out but I feel so much stronger and in control of that now. 

Food 

Since changing my eating habits to a vegan/plant based lifestyle I’ve really felt a positive improvement. It’s unfortunate that a relapse has occurred and there have been a few times where I’ve doubted the vegan lifestyle wondering if that caused my relapse, however like my wonderful partner said ‘You can’t select one route for the cause of an MS relapse/flare up, no one yet knows how they’re caused’ which filled me with determination to continue and adamant to treat this relapse with delicious whole foods and fingers crossed my recovery speeds up.  

For breakfast at the moment I consume a delicious super green smoothie every morning. Since this relapse I have been having this every morning no matter what and the ingredients in which I use are:- 

1x medium banana 

2 handfuls spinach

1x Apple

1 handful mango (frozen)

1tbsp ginger (ground)

1tsp cinnamon

1tbsp coconut sugar

Water

Blend that up in my smoothie blender and apply to face.  

At around 10:30 ish I will have a snack… These can vary depending on the fatigue. Sometimes I’ll have half avocado on toast with tomato, or some Ryvitta crackers peanut butter and berries, some nuts or raw veggie sticks and hummus.  

Lunch – as you all know George and I Bach make these on a Sunday and Thursday so I’m very thankful that I don’t have to think about making those – If you’d like to see what I have in my sandwiches then check out my blog post about ‘Becoming Vegan’   https://goo.gl/JcxnUC 


Dinner has been challenging at the moment, mainly due to the chronic fatigue so I’ve been trying to keep is fairly simple and quick. The last could lead of nights I’ve made vegan Mac & Cheese (yes CHEESE!) haha… The recipe for the cheese sauce is:- 

1/5 cup of soaked cashew nuts (soak overnight or I sometimes use boiling water and leave for about ½ hour) 

2 jarred roasted red peppers

3 sun dried tomatoes

1 tbsp turmeric

2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (this gives it the cheesy flavour) 

Honestly this is absolutely delicious and I love it!!  

I think the main thing I’ve been doing so far throughout this recovery is… REST and lots of it! Even sleeping during the day if my body wants to. I’ve basically been listening to my body for once and just doing whatever it wants to do – also watching ALL of the Harry Potter movies on repeat! The first one is definitely my favourite, it’s just so magical!  

We’ve got a sofa bed at home and I can honestly say that it’s been an absolutely godsend. It’s allowed me to come downstairs during the day because let’s face it when I’m in bed (upstairs) I generally feel worse! But when I’m downstairs on the sofa bed I’m able to sleep when I need to but also get up and move about too 🙂

I’ve had some lovely comments on my previous post so I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has written to me, I love all of your comments 🙂

Love to you all

Hannah xx

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Back at Work – Week 8

Hello everyone how are you all doing? I hope you’ve all had a good week and looking forward to a lovely relaxing weekend? 

Well week 8!! These weeks seem to be flying by.. I don’t know if I should now call them by a different title? Because technically I’m ‘Back at work’… Let me know if you have any ideas of what I can call this little edition to my blog 🙂

This week has definitely been slightly easier than last, of course there have been some hiccups and I have felt stressed out or just over whelmed with exhaustion, however I managed to talk about it and voice how I felt to the right people… Talking about how you’re feeling even if nothing’s doing about it can stil make YOU feel so much better and much more at ease with the situation… I won’t go into mine in too much detail.  

Even on 5.5 hours a week I’m still able to complete my morning meditation and yoga – I make sure I do this every morning, last week I went through a negative moment and decided to turn that around (with the help from family) and I wrote on my mirror ‘I can do this…I WILL do this’ and I’m able to look at the positive affirmation every morning.  

I’m still finding 5.5 hours a day 5 days a week tiring, especially if I’ve had a busy day at work and the bus is jam packed full of children.. However on the days where I’ve not felt well and just needed to get home, I treated myself to a taxi home.. Or I try and look at it like this… I’m working 2.5 hours then get a half hour break and then working 3 hours then home time.. That is definitely helping me cope with it. I also still feel at the moment that I don’t want to increase my hours any further.. I’m finding these are manageable for now I shall continue them until I feel ready to increase. I do sometimes feel a very slight pressure to go back to work full time, I just feel that I can’t do that at the moment and I want to be able to balance and manage work life, home life and living with a chronic illness… However when I have these thoughts I try and shut them off because I know that this is the negativity creeping back out and I need to stop thinking like that and just remain as I am and remember that I’m doing really well!  

I’ve also recently changed my diet to a Vegan/Plant based diet.. I’ve been back and fourth with this, I used to be a vegetarian and I had considered the Vegan diet, however at the time I wasn’t ready to transition. Recently I have been watching videos from a YouTuber called Healthy Crazy Cool – he’s food just inspired me and looked so delicious, he’s also a registered Nutritionist and gives some great advice and it’s just very honesty. I also watched the Documentary called ‘What The Health’ on NetFlix and this is just mind blowing… The different foods we’re eating that are actually harmful???!!! Definitely worth a watch if you’re interested – I’m going to start another blog thread and perhaps call it “What I Eat on a Vegan Lifestyle” what do you all think?  

I Also had my first Neuro- Physio appointment on Thursday.. it was very good, mainly just the assessment so they can understand how they can help me.. she knew instantly that it was my left side that was affected by this relapse which I thought was very good.. I’ve been set a little exercise to do until I see her next and that’s to concentrate on my walking.. just making sure my leg doesn’t turn outwards, so far it’s going okay 😊

I also had a lovely time with my dad 😊 we popped into town in the morning to have a look around and I got a fab new coat (one of those ones that looks like a sleeping bag and that’s REALLY light weight), a beautiful scarf and some new PJ’s.. we also had a cheeky McDonalds and went to see my sister (yes I had Vegan McDonald’s!!) All in all it was a wonderful day! 

So today is Sunday and it’s my cleaning day, I like to clean the house properly on a Sunday so that I don’t need to do much throughout the week (I like things to be clean and tidy but doing it every day is a no no lol) Will be meal Prepping later ready for the week too.  

I’m also setting up a new Instagram account @an_ordinary_girl_with_ms where I’ll be posting pics of Self-Care ideas, food, and general things that help me cope with MS and make me happy 😊 I’ve only just set it up but feel free to follow me 😊

Let me know how your week has been, leave me a comment as always and I will reply.. Would any of you be interested in my new thread?  

As always I hope you’re all okay and sending you lots of love 

Hannah xx 

Going Back To Work Week 7

Hello everyone, how are you all? I hope you’ve had a good week and you know the score leave me a comment down below and we can connect about our week.  

So this has been the BIG jump from 3 hours a day at work up to 5 hours a day at work (I’m actually doing 5 and half hours and having half an hour break midway through.  

How have I been finding it?! Hard, I’m not going to lie and say that it’s been a breeze or a walk in the park.. I’ve definitely struggled this week adjusting to new things, I’ve also had to cancel a few plans that I’ve had in order to regain some energy – fatigue sucks!! Today (Friday) I’ve definitely felt my worst and I even had a mini melt down with my assistant manager today (I feel embarrassed now but it is what it is) however since getting home and relaxing for a bit I’m feeling a little bit better, I think fatigue is one of those symptoms that we just have to deal with and kind of work through..  

Do any of you have any tips or advice for when you’re feeling really fatigued to help yourself?  

I’m going to have a lovely relaxing bath tonight and try to relax as much as possible – one thing though.. I haven’t given up my yoga!! I did feel at one point maybe iI should stop yoga and concentrate on having energy at work, but that’s exactly what happened before – I stopped doing things that I actually loved doing then wound up in the position I was… So I shall continue my yoga in the mornings and I’m not going to let this get to me (although sometimes we just need to have moments where we just feel like shit and just want to stop or slow down – that’s just life) 

Also what I have to remember is – I’ve got through the first week!! I’ve DONE it! I haven’t gone home any earlier because I haven’t been well, I’ve been and done my hours albeit it as tough I’m still super proud of what I’ve achieved.  

Tomorrow (Saturday) I’ve got my Aunt and Uncle coming to collect my uncles glasses and then later on we are going to go out for dinner, I’ve cancelled all of my other plans for this week and this is something that I don’t want to cancel… I want to go out and have a nice time, I feel a bit anxious about it because I worry in case I don’t feel great or if I’m yawning or just too tired.. But I WILL DO it! I’ll just take my time, take things slowly and relax.  

So yeah, tonight I’m currently relaxing on the sofa in my super cozy legging type bottoms (seriously I could wear these 24/7) watching ‘We’re The Millers’ having a nice cup of ginger tea.  

I’m also trying to change my diet slowly to a plant based diet – just trailing it and taking things slowly – I watched a documentary called ‘What The Health’ and it was so fascinating and informative and I had absolutely no idea that some of the things we put in our mouths is actually bad/possibly dangerous for us! What do you all think?  

Anyway, I’m going to go now  I shall be writing my Monthly Favourites blog post on Sunday about all the things that I’ve been loving throughout September so look out for that if you’re interested.  

As always sending you lots of love 

Hannah xx 

Going Back To Work Week 5

Hello everyone how’s your week going? Leave me a comment below and let me know how your week is going  
I can’t believe it’s week 5 already!! This time has just gone so quickly! Next Thursday I’ll be seeing my doctor and possibly increasing my hours.. Big big stuff, however I know that I need to still take things slowly so I’ll decide how I feel on the day.  

Right, this week has been big guys!! A lot of things have happened in my little life… Firstly this week has been my first week with using only one crutch to get about to and from work…YAY!! The feeling in my foot is still numb and I can’t feel my toes, but I’m just so happy that I don’t have to use both crutches . Secondly I went to the cinema this week… Yes… I went to the cinema! It’s been a while since I’d done something fun like that because my stupid anxiety would stop me, however I turned that anxiety away and told myself that I could go and have a lovely time – we went to see the remake of IT from the Stephen King novel and also tonight (Saturday night) I’m going to my first party in a loooooong time!! It’s a fancy dress party for a colleagues 50th me and another colleague are going as Pink Ladies from the movie Grease! I’m actually really looking forward to this and when I look back to a couple of months ago I would never have done anything like this!  

I was off yesterday (Friday) so relaxed for majority of the day, on Wednesday night I gave myself and my body a real pamper night (I may write another blog post about that if anyone is interested?) because I have rested and relaxed I feel a little more energised to go to this party.  

I also want to mention something I’ve been taking as a vitamin that I’ve found has really helped me and that’s Magnesium (everyone probably knows about it but I’m new lol) George’s father told me about it a few weeks ago because he’s been taking it and said it’s been helping with fatigue etc.. Since then I’ve been taking it for about 1 and half weeks and already feeling the difference.. I definitely feel like I have a little more energy, however I DO NOT over do it, I just appreciate what I have some sometimes I use it and other time I savour it   

Work has been good this week, busy but good. I even changed my day off this week because we were short staffed, I felt like I could help them out more seen as at the moment I’m working reduced hours but I won’t be able to help out when I go back to full time because having a Thursday off allows me to rest before finishing the week off.  

My colleagues are amazing as usual, I’ve even been invited to a meal out at the end of the month with them all, which I’m going to go to (let’s live on the wild side), since meditating and doing yoga I feel I’ve been able to manage my physical and emotional health a lot better – of course there are times where I get stressed and anxious in particular but I feel I’m able to bring them back and return my mental state to the present a lot easier.  

I’m going to be seeing my GP next Thursday to discuss my hours and possibly increasing them.. I think what we will do because I’m feeling good on three hours a day we will keep it at that for 2 more weeks and then increase my hours to 4 hours a day.. My Aunt gave me some great advice and told me that when I’m feeling good about working certain hours, stick to those for 2 more weeks and then increase them. Last time I felt like this and I just bolted up and up and then… Went back down again, so this time we all need to be sensible.. Me in particular lol! 

I just wanted to add, it’s Saturday night 10pm and I’ve just come home from my first party in I don’t know how long! Saturday nights have usually consisted of watching a couple of episodes of a TV programme and then going to bed at 9pm due to exhaustion. Tonight I was able to go out to my colleagues fancy dress party… No Anxiety.. and my MS was good too! I even managed to have a little dance (not proper dancing) with my crutch to The Spice Girls! (A zig a zig ahhh!) It was amazing and I loved every minute of it! Yes I’m knackered now and I know tomorrow and this coming week I will need rest.. but do you know what.. it was so damn worth it! Pics are below 😊😊 

How has your week been? Leave me a comment below and we will be able to interact. Also let me know what you think to my outfit hehe  

Take Care and Love to you always

Hannah xx 

5 ways to De-Stress and Self-Care

5 Ways to De-Stress and Self Care

Hello everyone how are you all? I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, please leave me a comment below and let me know what you’ve been up to? 

So I’ve been reading a lot recently about about ‘Ways to De-Stress’ and ‘Self – Care’ and I thought I’d write a little blog post about certain things I’ve been doing to help myself De-Stress and how I make sure I do some kind of ‘Self-Care’ every day – I hope you enjoy this blog post and let me know what you think  

1) Starting the Morning off right

It’s funny, before I never really paid attention to the morning… It just got to a point where the mornings would just form a kind of ‘blur’ I’d get up, get ready for work, go to work and have breakfast there. Whereas now I pay more attention to the mornings, here’s what I do:- 

6:30 – Normally when George’s alarm goes off as he gets up at this time, so whilst I’m recovering from this relapse I try to do the same (well I wake up lol) 

7:00 – I look at this beautiful picture my dad got me that’s hanging on my wall, it’s like a positive affirmation and I then go downstairs and make myself a hot beverage (decaf) and a cold glass of water – I then take this upstairs and complete my Bullet Journal for the day (this has been great because I haven’t forgotten anything yet lol)

I then relax for a few minutes and listen to the world go by outside and at 7:15am I meditate.

2) Meditation 

I know some of you must think ‘oh god not another person talking about meditation’ or ‘I can’t meditate, my mind is too busy’ because I used to think like this too, until I discovered an app called “Head space” it’s a 3 minute a day guided meditation programme for 10 days (these 10 days are free) so I decided to give this a go and honestly just doing 3 minutes a day helped me so much and I put things into different perspectives and I’m just a lot calmer, I’ve also found that I’m a lot less stressed too – Once my 10 days were over I decided to download the app called “Calm” and I’m now doing 10 minutes of meditation a day  currently on day 4. 

You don’t need anything fancy to wear or a fancy setting – I do it in my pyjamas in bed, sat up at 7:15am in the morning – I don’t have any candles on or fancy meditating clothes.. You don’t need any of that.. Just you and your mind.

3) Yoga 

Another lovely blogger and friend Natalie from http://www.survivinglifeshurdles.com told me how she started yoga.. At first I thought that I wouldn’t find the time to do it and I couldn’t do it, however when I got stronger through this relapse and working shorted hours at the moment I decided to give yoga a go and make an actual effort to try and build up my strength.  

I started off just doing about 5 mins in the morning and 5 mins in the evening following a YouTube video (I look at any types as long as they’re for beginners lol) and I absolutely love it! I have built up to do 20 minutes a day now… I’m finding so much more relaxed after I’ve done it and I do LOVE stretching lol so I think this is a perfect exercise regime for me  I’ve even started doing a proper exercise yoga routine not just a stretching one.. I’m only doing that once a week at the moment, but I’ll definitely build that up one step at a time  Arthur also loves joining in with my yoga too lol.

4) Taking time out for yourself 

This is something I would DEFINITELY recommend in order to just relax and let very day stresses just dissolve away, I know some people can’t do this every day so just starting off by doing something once a week is better than nothing. For example you could set yourself one night a week where you have a true pamper night – this doesn’t need to be a traditional pamper night (face mask, bath etc) whatever you think a pamper for yourself is just do it, for instance getting yourself a new set of pyjamas or comfy clothes, a nice film and just having a night by yourself to enjoy your film. I LOVE Wednesday nights when George goes out with his friends I also make this night a night for me where I choose a nice film to watch, have some tasty food, a bath and an at home facial, my super cosy grey blanket and a nice drink (usually tea lol)

5) Shutting off from Social Media 

I always say that I feel so privileged to have been born in the 90’s where computers, social media, mobile phones were literally hardly around.. When I was younger I’d be out on my bike, making dens with friends, going to the local Post Office and buy lots of sweets etc.. Whereas now everything is always phones, computers, computer games and Social Media… It’s very rare where we just shut off. That’s why every night especially I stop looking at my phone and IPad at 8:30pm most nights and listen to an audiobook to help me wind down – At the moment I’m listening to Harry Potter because I just love it! I find that turning off Social Media and not looking at my phone of watching YouTube videos after a certain time in the evenings really helps to me to relax and calm down ready to settle into sleep.. If any of you struggle to shut off at night I’d definitely recommend trying this.  

And that everyone is my ‘5 ways to De-Stress and Self-Care’ blog post, I hope you all enjoyed reading it and the pictures too.. My next blog post will be my usual ‘Going Back To Work Week 5’ which will be up on Friday. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and great start to the week, I’m sending you all lots of love and hugs   

Hannah xx

Going Back To Work – Week 2

Hello everyone… Me again!! I hope you’ve all had a good week or as good as it can be, please feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll be able to connect with you 🙂

So I’m going to talk to you all about my second week at work and how I’ve been coping with it, I hope you all like the read and let me know of your experiences too if you want… We can all help each other. 

I don’t really know how to start writing this so I’ll just start off like this… The beginning of the week was hard. I’ve been suffering with horrible back pain that went into both arms for a few days and Monday was one of the ‘pain’ days, I just wasn’t feeling great and I thought ‘when was this going to end? ‘ ‘When was I going to wake up and just feel okay?’ As I’m sure all of us with chronic illness all we want is to feel okay and as well as we can be right? 

I had done my 15 minute yoga routine for upper back pain (not purposely aimed at MS) and some days it helps and other days it doesn’t, George usually massages my back at night as well to hopefully help me throughout the night. 

Getting through work this week has just been a mission really – I’ve found that I’ve been getting up and getting ready okay and then coming home and resting. I’ve been a little bit ‘incognito’ shall we say. Whilst being at work has been good because I’ve been around co-workers, interacting etc however I do feel ready after my three hours to come home. 

Doing my actually job has been fine sometimes I can sit down and do things so that makes it a little easier, although I do have that ‘guilt’ feeling that other people think that I need to do more – I know that’s just my brain trying to poison me with negativity. Like the last few days I’ve felt as though I should be doing more hours, I sometimes feel that other people think I have an ‘easy life’ that I come to work for three hours, get up leisurely and then go home and enjoy my afternoon doing whatever I like to do… If only they knew what it was really like…

I’m not going to lie and say that I’m really struggling working 3 hours a week because I’m not.. I’m managing yes and I know I can’t do more at the moment. I get up and do my morning yoga to help ease my back pains around 8am.. Once I’ve done that I go and make a smoothie for my breakfast because that’s the quickest and healthiest thing I can have.

I then go upstairs, have a short rest whilst drinking my smoothie and then I get ready… I like to take my time in getting ready and I like to also try and make an effort with my appearance because funnily enough I actually feel a bit better once I’m looking good.. How funny is that right? (Yes you do read sarcasm lol) 

I then leave the house around 10:10am making sure I have everything that I need and go to get the bus.

When I’m at work I like to be cheery and pleasant… I also like to join in and have a laugh with everyone because the last 2 months haven’t really been the best for socialising if you get me? So by the time my 3 hours are done I feel ready to go home again and … rest!

I sometimes get the feeling that some of my co-workers don’t feel that what I’m doing is ‘fair’, Or their jealous I don’t know really this is why I think it’s just my brain and head playing tricks on me… So.. What I’m doing is this…

Go into work… Be myself… Enjoy work and other peoples company… Try to push the negative thoughts out of my head.. If I feel that someone is being negative towards me.. I try to ignore it or don’t think too much into it.. I just carry on.. Once my 3 hours are up.. I come home.. sometimes I go into town and have a coffee before hand or have a look in a couple of the makeup shops.. but I need to stop feeling guilty about this!! I need to stop feeling guilty about leaving work early because I only get paid for those 3 hours.. I don’t get paid any extra.

Right.. I’m going to stop myself here because I feel myself going on  in an insane merry go round. This week has just been kind of tough is what I will say.. But I’ve got through it!! I’ve done it!! And tomorrow night I’m going to be spending time with my sister which will be lovely and I’m really looking forward to it.

I’m going to relax with George and Arthur tonight ready for one more day at work tomorrow.. I hope you all have enjoyed this blog post (kind of lol) I’m always honest and truthful in what I write and I don’t sugar coat this because this is real life! I’m just AN Ordinary Girl Living WIth MS and this is my journey.

Sending you all lots of love and hugs

Hannah xx

7 Positives Things since having MS

Hello everyone, how are you all? As always leave me a comment down below and we will be able to connect 🙂

So I know having a Chronic Illness simply sucks!! And I hate it when some people say to me ‘You just need to have a positive outlook’ sometimes I just want to be negative and sad.. I mean I can’t be happy and positive ALL the time!!

However, I’ve been thinking a lot about my Illness (Multiple Sclerosis) and I’ve decided to list 7 Positive things that have come from this diagnosis. I want to be able to look back on these things and hopefully they will help me when I’m feeling ‘down’ and I also hope they’ll be able to help others and hopefully allow or maybe list a few positive things that have come from their illness – I know it sounds silly me typing that believe me I know.. But I’ve been thinking about it for a while so here I am… Writing about it. 

1) I’ve found out who my ‘true friends’ are – Before I was diagnosed I had quite a few friends, we used to go out, have little parties round my house and generally have a good time – when I was diagnosed and had to slow down a little I soon got forgotten about by some of these friends, however a small handful of truly amazing, loyal friends appeared and I’m so grateful to have them in my life – you don’t need a big group of friends, it’s the small handful that are always there for you that truly matter. 

2) Being able to appreciate the little things in life – I have noticed this more since going through my recent relapse, I think this is because when it first happened I couldn’t do the simplest of things… Like.. Wash my hair or make a cup of tea or climb the stairs to go to the toilet… Now that I can do these things again I really appreciate them and I also take that little extra time doing them and I DO NOT RUSH!! Also when I was recovering at home I used to love going for walks. 

 

3) Discovering The Bullet Journal –  I started writing in my Bullet Journal in January 2016 thanks to a lovely friend who mentioned it to me and since then I’ve found it so wonderful and also useful! I document a lot in it from meal planning to just daily living tasks etc. It helps me to stay focuses and organised and for me it’s also a sense of control – like I mean we can’t control the MS so my bullet journal IS something I can have control of right? 

4) Having ‘coffee/tea’ breaks whilst out – This is a good one! When I used to go into town or out with family or friends, we would go out out solely for the purpose of what we set out to do, however since having MS and especially since having this relapse I’ve found it difficult to run little jobs around town and then come straight home. So  instead what I do now is have ‘coffee/tea’ breaks, whether that be in Starbucks or a little corner cafe I always have a little break in between doing what I’m doing and It just gives me a small moment to just sit back and take life in and recover ready for the next part of the journey – like I said before I never used to do this and now that I am… I rather enjoy it!

5) Discovering different foods that will benefit my health – so before I was diagnosed with MS I just used to eat whatever I wanted to really, I didn’t really know how to cook and I didn’t really think about the importance of food has on the .  When I was diagnosed I had a lot of people telling me to look into my diet and try to eat anti-inflammatory foods and also drinks too (Since cutting out caffeine I’ve noticed a big difference in my health) however, all this wonderful new food I was discovering also got me into a crazy ‘clean eating’ diet rut whereby I would spend ages in the kitchen cooking various meals for dinner, breakfast and lunch, which consequently was making me become exhausted! SO now what I do is stickto anti-inflammatory foods but also make things easier for myself… Like having a smoothie for breakfast in the mornings (very little effort) and making sandwiches for work on a Sunday night for the next three days – this has definitely helped me and reduced my stress levels dramatically – I was never a massive fan of kale anyway lol!!

6) Discovering new hobbies and revisiting old ones – I’ve already spoken about my Bullet Journal, which I absolutely LOVE however I’ve found other hobbies that I had just ‘forgotten ‘  that I could do and that is playing the piano!! I’ve been able to play the piano from an early age as my Aunt/Godmother is a music/piano teacher. I rediscovered this hobby during my recent relapse and since completing once piece that I’ve been learning for years I’m now working on a piece composed by Beethoven.  Also writing on my blog! I really love doing this too as I feel it’s a kind of release and it enables me to just ‘let it go’ (lol I couldn’t help that pun!!). 

7) Learning to relax and take time for me – Another thing that I didn’t really used to do before my diagnosis I’d normally be going out with friends and having fun, I’d have the occasional ‘pamper night’ but now I make sure I rest more, especially If I’m feeling tired or not quite right. I take the time to do yoga in the evenings or mornings. And I find this helps me so much not just to relaxes but also to it helps me build up strength. I find that learning to take time out for yourself so important and I feel a lot of people need to do this more often, I certainly will. 

And that is the end of this blog post! Make sure you check out Sundays post which is about “Going Back To Work – Week 2” 

I hope you all enjoyed this one and I hope it’s helped at least one person out there! 

Sending you all massive hugs and love

Hannah xx