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Weekend Recap Jan 27- Feb 1, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly recap for Jan 27 – Feb 1, 2019

Two Simple Ways to Use CBD Isolate

28 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Love Every Move and Stretch You Make

Love Yourself Enough to Schedule a Rest Day

The Disabled Diva’s Review of Earthley Elderberry Elixir

 

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

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28 Ways to Practice Self-Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s day may be just a day, but I liked to love myself all month long.  Whether you are burnt out from living with one or more chronic illnesses, a workaholic, or both, here is a list of 28 ways to make some time and to do something just for YOU!!! Pick a few or do them all!

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Drink plenty of water: I know this doesn’t sound like much of a “treat”, but it is for your body! Water helps maintain balance of your body fluids, energizes muscles, and makes your skin look good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Take a bubble bath: Fill your tub, light some candles, turn on some soothing music, and relax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Call a friend: Carve out time to have a phone date with a friend. Hearing my besties voice at least once a month makes up for us not being able to hang out in person. Whether your friend lives nearby or out of state, a phone date is an easy way to make time for each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Go stargazing: Go outside and watch the stars.  If you have the energy, get out of the city.  Go where the stars shine bright.  For fun, try to spot various constellations. Click here for a guide to help you find the constellations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate:  Want to know how I make my hot chocolate extra special?  I add 30mgs of CBD isolate to my cup and then I top if off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Spend some time in the sun:  I get that not everyone lives where it is nice enough to sit outside during the month of February, but there are still ways to soak up some sunshine.  If you can’t sit outside, try siting by a window that allows the sun to pour into your home.  Open your curtains, let light into your house. Not enough?  Click here to learn more about a heat lamp that helps to improve circulation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Start a journal: Journaling can be done in various ways.  You can use it as a way to share your life story with future generations, to release your fears or anger, to keep track of your daily wins, or to learn more about your body and behavior to possibly prevent some nasty flares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Take a nap: Yes, I know that those of you with chronic illnesses take a lot of naps.  But when was the last time you took one just because you wanted to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Warm your pajamas in the dryer for a few minutes before putting them on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Get dressed up for no reason: During the years that were spent in bed and even now with working from home, I don’t really have a reason to dress up.  Every once in a while I will put on a fancy dress just to feel good about myself, even though I have no plans to leave the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Spend the day in your pajamas for no reason:  If you are like I was before getting my chronic pain mostly under control, you probably spend most of your days in your pajamas.  However, have you done it because you wanted to?  I find there is a huge difference in how I feel about myself when I am being forced by my illnesses to do something rather than when I choose to do the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Donate items you no longer use:  I used to decorate my home with all kinds of knickknacks and trinkets.  But after chronic pain entered my life, I didn’t have the energy to keep up with dusting or cleaning all the items I had out.  Nor did I have the energy to sort through drawers or closets trying to find what I needed.  Purging my home of what I no longer used and decluttering my space simplified my life.  It takes less time and energy to clean and I no longer have to go hunting for the items I do use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Exercise:  Whether it be going for a run, walk, practicing yoga, or tai chi, do something good for your body.  There are many options for doing yoga while seated.  Click here to see if this form of exercise might work for you.  If chronic pain is preventing you from exercising or you are looking for an alternative to opioids, click her to check out a drug free pain relief option that took my pain management plan to a whole new level of awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Get a mani-pedi:  Make an appointment at your local salon/spa or do it yourself.  Having well manicured finger and toe nails always makes me feel better about myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Plan a spa day:  Book yourself a day or afternoon at a spa.  Schedule a facial, massage, or both.  Can’t afford a spa day?  Invite a friend over or have one by yourself at home.  Purchase face masks, soak your feet, sip champagne, and nibble on some fruits and cheese!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Read a book:  When is the last time that you made time to get lost in a book?  Re-read a favorite or dive into a new one.  Click here for my recommendation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Dance:  Turn up your favorite song and dance!!! I do this at least once a week.  It’s a great way to let go of physical stress, burn some calories, and an opportunity to just let myself go wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. Enjoy a smoothie:  It doesn’t matter if you make it yourself or pick one up from Juice it Up, treat your body and taste buds to a delicious smoothie.  Just make sure to take the time to savor and enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. Binge your favorite show:  Spend a day doing nothing but binge watching your favorite show.  I prefer binge watching over viewing a series once a week.  It’s like watching a long movie! Click here to get 2 weeks of Hulu FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. Make a memory jar:  Throughout the year, whenever I have a moment that makes me smile or jump with joy, I jot it down and place it in what I call my joy jar.  Then at the end of the year, I go through it and am once again reminded of the good in my life.  Click here to learn more about it and how to make your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. Write yourself a love letter:  It is easy to forget what we like about ourselves.  Take some time to write a letter reminding yourself of all the reasons you love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22. Watch a comedy:  When I need to escape, I like to get lost in a comedy.  Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.  Click here to see which comedy is my first choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23. Make time for a hobby or try a new one:  When is the last time you enjoyed your hobby?  Maybe you gave it up or were forced to because your body wouldn’t allow you to do it anymore.  Either way, make time to resume a hobby or try something new.  Who knows, it may provide a distraction from pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.  Tidy up one corner of a room:  Fully cleaning a room is typically too much for the chronically ill. Instead, try doing a corner of one room today, then another tomorrow, and so on.  In time you will have tackled every corner without killing yourself and you will go to bed each night with a sense of accomplishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25. Take a social media break:  Every once in a while I take mini social media breaks.  Sometimes it is just a day, but when I find that my social media feed is fueling my anxiety and depression I take two or more days off.  I don’t make a big deal about it, in fact I never announce it.  I just don’t open the app, post, or comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26. Create an uplifting playlist:  Fill your playlist with songs that make you smile, tap your toes, dance, and sing out loud!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27. Have a good cry:  Most people would never know this about me, but I love a good cry.  I love having the house to myself, watching a sappy movie, and just letting myself bawl like a baby.  Having an occasional cry is why I am able to be as happy as I am most days.  It is liberating to release the anger and sadness that chronic illness cause.  Can’t get time alone?  Grab a Bluetooth speaker, crank some tunes, take a long shower, and let those tears flow!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28. Unfollow toxic people on social media:  Stop following people who are always angry, picking fights, or are emotionally abusive.  You become what you are exposed to the most.  Instead, follow people who inspire and uplift you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Yourself Enough to Schedule a Rest Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When is the last time that you rested?

I am not talking about spending the day in bed because your chronic illness flared and made leaving it impossible.

What I am talking about is, when did you last choose a day to relax, give your body a break, allow yourself to chill out in front of the television for no reason other than you wanted to?

The problem with having multiple chronic illnesses, is that until I got my pain under control two years ago, all my downtime was dictated by chronic pain.  Between 2001 and 2017, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, endometriosis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia decided when I would be active or when I was able to leave the house or bed.

I felt like I had no control of the time in between.  I felt like all eyes were on me and that unless I was completely unable to leave my bed, I would be judged for not pushing myself to catch up on everything that I fell behind on while stuck in bed.

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The bad part about that way of thinking was that I wasn’t showing any love or consideration for myself.  My life became a fulltime punishment.  If I was in bed, I was being punished by my chronic illnesses.  If I was able to get out of bed, I was punished for the time when I couldn’t get out.  Over time I became bitter towards not only my family, but friends, acquaintances, and pretty much anybody who was alive.

My life completely changed in 2013. With my doctors unwilling to help me manage my chronic pain, I had to look elsewhere.  At the time I couldn’t see it, but it was actually a blessing in disguise as the route I chose was a natural and alternative one that really did change my life.  Click here to learn more about my pain management plan.  But the changes in my life were more than medicinal, I also began implementing many changes to how I lived and my attitude towards my body and chronic illnesses.  Discover what those changes were and how you can make them too in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One important change was to allow myself to take a day “off” from life. To do whatever I wanted, even if that meant doing nothing but binge shows on Netflix or Hulu all day.  I had to love myself enough to not feel like everything I did was a punishment.  A day of planned rest may not always rejuvenate me physically, but it sure does wonder for my mental state.  Rest days allow me to clear my head, to breathe, to remember that I will be of no use if I continue to run myself into the ground.

A funny thing happened after I began allowing myself to enjoy life, I fell in love with living again.  I will always be chronically ill.  Yes, my chronic pain has been well managed for the past two years and continues to be, but there are no guarantees that this will always be the case.  I don’t know what the future holds.  What I do know is that no matter what my diseases decide to throw my way, no matter what new illnesses or injuries I accrue, I will never punish myself or my body the way that I did before.

I love myself enough to schedule rest days.

Do you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Recap January 21-25 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life can be tough, but so are you!

CBD: Does the form you choose make a difference?

How to protect your immune system during flu season

Migraine Eclipse?

5 Benefits of Walking Indoors

The Disabled Diva’s Pain Management Plan

How to treat lower back pain at home and on the go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBD: Does the form you choose make a difference?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you tried CBD once and didn’t achieve the relief you expected…. Maybe you tried a different brand and still didn’t reach the level of relief that you hoped for…..  Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin.  While the effects can vary from one brand to another, the form you choose can also make a difference.

Before I share the forms and dosages I take for various symptoms, I want to disclose that CBD is just one part of my pain management plan.  I am successfully reducing chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions with a combination of natural and alternative treatments.  Click here to learn more.

With that said, CBD helps me with many symptoms.  Below are the various forms that CBD is available in, which of my symptoms they help the best with, and my dosage.  When choosing for yourself, keep in mind that there is no right dosage.  You will have to experiment to find yours as I did to discover mine.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. I am not a medical professional and am not issuing medical advice.  I am sharing my experience and results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vape

I prefer vaping CBD for anxiety.  One or two draws from my cartridge is all I need to return to my normal state when I feel anxious.  Normal is my goal, not sedated.  Vaping to relax muscles and reduce inflammation will put me to sleep.  Because I take CBD in other forms, I don’t have to use my vape pen every day to keep my anxiety and depression in line.  Vaping is convenient and affordable.

Medical marijuana dispensaries often carry CBD cartridges and battery pens for much less than what is available online. For those of you who don’t have access to dispensaries or would rather order online, there are many quality options.

CBD vape options

BioCBD+ “I am Peace”: CBD cartridge only or Combo kit which includes cartridge, battery, and carrying case.

Soothe puff CBD vaporizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topical oils, balms, salves, and lotions

I use CBD lotions and oils daily! They provide immediate relief for minor muscle aches, reduces pain from severe aches, spasms, nerve pain, and stops reactionary pain in its tracks.  The best part about using topicals is that they don’t make me sleepy. I apply CBD topicals as needed throughout my day.

BioCBD+ Muscle & Joint Relief Topical Oil

Soothe Nano Relief Lotion

CBDfx CBD Hemp Cream

Tincture

Even though tinctures are the most popular form of consuming CBD, I personally do not use them.  The reason I don’t isn’t because they don’t work, because they do, instead it is because I have had one too many allergic reactions to the oils used to make them.  I do not know of anyone else who has the issue that I have, in fact many of my friends and family members love them and have had no problems at all.  With that said, tinctures are great for daily dosing for pain relief, muscle spasms, depression, and anxiety.  Like vaping, using a tincture will give you immediate results, which is important when hit with a panic or anxiety attack.

To use a tincture, place a few drops under your tongue.  How many drops and how often you will need to do it will vary from person to person.  Just remember that larger doses will act as a sedative.

The following recommendations are what works best for my friends and family:

Honey Colony

Remedi CBD Essential Drops CBD Tincture

Blue Moon Hemp Tru Blu CBD Tincture – Peppermint Flavor

Isolate

Medicating with a CBD isolate has recently become one of my favorite forms.  I take 25-30mgs of CBD isolate most nights, approximately one hour before bedtime.  I double my dosage when suffering from severe muscle tension.  Within an hour my mind and body are relaxed and ready for bed.  I add the isolate to a bowl of ice cream, a glass of juice, or just place it under my tongue and let it dissolve.  It is flavorless and effective.

MTN CBD Premium Hemp CBD Isolate Powder

CBDistillery 99+% Pure CBD Isolate Powder from Hemp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capsules

Capsules are perfect for the person who doesn’t want to measure dosages, like the flavor of tinctures, or is unable to vape due to respiratory issues such as COPD or asthma.

Follow manufacture’s guidelines for dosing, as not every product is the same.  Also, note that some products are stronger than others.  While I may need 50mgs of an isolate at night, I can also get the same result from one 5mg capsule from BioCBD+.

BioCBD+™ Total Body Care

CBDistillery Full Spectrum CBD Infused Softgels

Edibles

Medicating with premade edibles is the most expensive form.  With that said, if premade edibles are what you would like to try, click here to see some options.  FYI, I have not tried any of the edible products featured in the link provided.

Take away

To answer the question of whether the form you choose makes a difference, it depends on which form works best with your body and achieves the results you desire.  If one brand doesn’t help you, try another… If one form doesn’t work, try another….. It may take some experimenting to find the right form, combination, and dosage, but whatever you do, don’t give up until you have tried various forms and dosages.  Also keep in mind that you may need more or less from one day to the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Benefits of Walking Indoors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before greatly reducing my daily chronic pain level, I worried about how far or long I could be away from home. The fears that my chronic illnesses created prevented me from getting on my feet and giving my body the exercise it needed. Then I learned the benefits of walking indoors!

1. Rest stop

When walking outdoors, it is difficult and often impossible to find somewhere to rest.  Sure you could sit on the curb, but depending on the weather the cement may be too hot, cold, wet, or dirty.  Then there is the task of getting up and down from the curb….. When you walk indoors you are rarely far from a place to rest your feet.  If you are walking on a treadmill or around a track at a gym, there’s typically somewhere to sit down.  Mall walking is great for the same reason, there are usually benches along your path, not to mention plenty of seats in the food court.  Walking in your house allows you to sit the moment you feel the need. Nor do you have to worry about whether or not a seat is occupied. Walking in your home also allows you to break your walking time up throughout the day.

2. Temp control

Walking indoors prevents sunburn, windburn, and frozen toes! Who cares if there is rain or snow in the forecast? Not me when I walk indoors!  And when I walk at home I don’t even have to worry about driving in inclement weather.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

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3. Pit stops

I used to fear needing a restroom while walking outdoors.  Unless my route included restaurants or stores that allowed the public to use their restrooms, there weren’t any options besides soiling myself, which was and is not an option! Walking at home, in a gym, or at the mall means never having be far from a toilet!!

4. Personal safety

With indoor walking you don’t have to worry about running into wild animals or unleashed dogs.  Your chance of being hit by a car when walking inside is zero! And while I can’t guarantee that you won’t get mugged if you walk at a gym or mall, I think it is safe to say you won’t get jumped by a stranger in your own home.  Another perk is that your terrain is flat and void of cracks, pinecones, rocks, and holes.  That is unless your living floor is cluttered and if that is the case you can get your exercise in by cleaning it up.

 

Want to track your steps and activity? Check out the Fitbit Charge 3!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Multitask

Walking inside your home gives you the opportunity to watch your favorite shows and to chat on the phone while getting your daily exercise.  While considered a distraction in any other circumstance, walking at home can get boring and watching TV or enjoying a conversation makes time fly!

 

Walking indoors may be the answer if chronic pain and/or fatigue from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, or any other debilitating chronic illness makes walking painful.  Just like with walking outdoors, don’t create an unrealistic goal.  Start small and increase when you are able.  There is nothing wrong with starting with five minutes of walking per day.  If that is what you can do, do it! Five minutes is better than none.

Related posts:

5 Best Practices for Safe Walking

Five Treadmills to fit your home and budget

How to reach your daily step goal without leaving the house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Recap January 14-18 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend recap January 14-18 2019

It was a long, wet, and painful week here in southern California! I hope this post finds you feeling the best that you possibly can despite whatever winter weather is headed your way!!  Whether you are sitting beside the fireplace or snuggled under your covers in bed, spend a few minutes catching up on any of my blog posts that you may have missed this past week.

Two Reasons You Should Try Topical CBD Products For Pain Relief
Kicking rain pain down the storm drain with PEMF therapy
Riding out the storm: How I deal with rain pain
Three ways I relieve chronic pain at Disneyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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