TOP TIPS ON HOW TO MANAGE ARTHRITIS PAIN…

5 top tips on how to manage arthritis from your home from consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Faisal Hussain from BMI The Priory and BMI The Edgbaston hospitals.

Mr Hussain explains that ‘more than 10 million people in the UK are living with arthritis.‘ His five top tips to improve your health and quality of life, allowing you to live better with arthritis are :

1. Keep Active

2. Get a good night’s sleep

3. Look after your mental well-being

4. Eat for health

5. Maintain a healthy weight

For a more detailed description of how to manage the above tips go to the BMI website here.

Everyday Health say some lifestyle changes can help you manage pain and they include the same tips as above but also say Get vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C may be helpful in managing inflammation in the body. So dig into an orange or pour yourself a glass of grapefruit juice each day.

They also say Avoid alcohol. Don’t medicate yourself with alcohol to manage pain; it will only create more problems, and add calories to your diet.

Healthline suggest trying hot and cold therapy (details on this on their website), try acupuncture or meditation and include the right fatty acids for your diet. Everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for optimum health. These fats also help your arthritis. Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3s, have been shown to reduce joint stiffness and pain. Also try adding turmeric to your recipes.

Another tip is to get a massage. According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion. Work with a physical therapist to learn self-massage, or schedule appointments with a massage therapist regularly.

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THE BENEFITS OF USING AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSERS FOR TRAVEL…

Not all places in the world smell nice. If you plan to go on a vacation or do some travelling, then you won’t be able to enjoy sweet-smelling air quality that often. Some people aren’t bothered by this, but there are some that are. It’s not a shame to wanting to breathe in clean and pleasant air. Of course, it’s not the air itself that smells sweet. It is the aromatherapy diffusers that make it that way.

Have you ever smelled or used an essential oil? They smell wonderful. Imagine putting them in a device and have that pleasant smell spread everywhere in the room. How awesome is that? You won’t have to breathe in the poor air quality anymore. It’s one thing to have the device in your home. You come from work or school stressed out; you turn the device on and start to relax. For other interesting facts about the product, check out bemoxe.com.

But what happens when you plan on going on a vacation? What happens when you plan to travel the world? Well, here’s some good news for you. You can take the device with you and keep it with you at all times. Here are some of the things that will make that happen:

PORTABILITY
The aromatherapy diffusers are not huge. In fact, they are just the right size so you can put them in your backpack or suitcase. How cool is that? You can take your diffuser with you and every time you check into a room, you can turn it on. If the device is something that you’ve gotten quite used to, then it is reasonable to take it with you. Those hotel rooms are not always the best, but you can make them the best. Once you turn the device on, it will be like you are in your own home.

EASY TO USE

There’s not much to the device to try and figure out. They have different designs and sizes but they all function basically the same. If you take it with you on your travels, you won’t have a problem with how to use it. After you leave the hotel, you can take the diffuser with you. That’s why they are so popular; you can carry them with you and use them almost every single day. On the plus side, they are incredibly easy to handle and before you know it, you are in a meadow of sweet-smelling sounds. Read more here.

WONDERFUL AIR QUALITY

As mentioned above, you will not always encounter rooms that smell nice. But you can do something about that. The beauty of the device is that you can use many different oils. Once you get tired of the first one, change it to another scent. Either way, the air quality will start to smell wonderful and you can begin to feel the stress leaving your body. Everyone wants to smell something nice. Why would you feel any different? That’s why you shouldn’t waste any more time and take the device with you.

BETTER SLEEP

Travelling from one place to another is exhausting, especially if you enter different time zones constantly. You will often feel tired. That’s why you need to sleep to begin to feel functional once more. Having your aromatherapy diffuser with you can be of great help. You can turn it on as you prepare to go to bed and let the smell consume you. It will be much easier to fall asleep and rest your body. Once you get up, you can begin to explore the city and overall enjoy your vacation in a foreign country.

PRACTICALITY

It is clear enough that there are a lot of benefits tied to the diffusers. One of the best things about the device is its practicality. The product can make you feel content, help you sleep better, beautify the air quality and it’s easy to carry around with you. What more could a traveller want? You won’t make the mistake of buying one right now. After you start using it, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

And, they make great Christmas gifts.

COULD THIS BE TRUE (BLOGGERS)?…

I don’t know about you my blogging friends but I have to disagree with this quote from Samule Johnson…

‘No one but a blockhead writes,
except for money’.
Samule Johnson

What about for pleasure and companionship? or does this poem describe us all?

Faceless, nameless people.
Anonymous surfers of the net.
Like unseen butterflies flitting from site to site,
Gathering information nectar,
Collecting idea’s,
Browsing the work of others,
Reading, viewing, scanning, clicking,
Enjoying the sites that adorn the internet
Like flowers in a global garden…

Anonymous

Here is a lovely poem about the friendships we make with our online friends.

My husband has finally gone to work
My children have finished their play
they’ve gone to bed their stories read
Now it’s my time of day.

I’ve had one of those days
you know what I mean
so I sit back and relax
and turn on my screen.

I’ll talk to all my friends
who know just what to say
to make my stresses go
and my troubles fade away.

My friends you’re always there for me
whenever I feel blue
and though we’ve never met before
I know our friendships true.

And although we haven’t been friends for long
in this short time it seems
we shared so many things already
our hopes, our fears, our dreams.

We come from different walks of life
but we share a common bond
and it’s time to say that of all of you
I’ve grown so very fond.

So thank you friends for being there
whenever I’ve needed you
I know you’re always there for me
and you know I’m there for you.
by Miasartiff
Read more at: http://www.netpoets.com/poems/cyberfriend/0999001.htm © netpoets.com

12 YOGA POSES TO HELP ALLEVIATE BACK PAIN…

Yoga is an amazing way to help ease back pain but without supervision could cause harm so please do not try any of the above poses unless you have done yoga before. The NHS website has a guide to yoga and says that ‘Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga and while there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.’

There is also some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress but they say that most forms of yoga are not strenuous enough (boo hoo) to count towards your 150 minutes of moderate activity, as set out by government guidelines.

 

SLEEP SUNDAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND PILLOW SPRAYS…

Let’s talk about sleep and the use of pillow sprays this Sunday. My top 5 calming pillow sprays for a peaceful night’s sleep are-

1. Grass & Co CALM Pillow Spray 50 ml – £17.50 this pillow spray contains Distilled Aqua, Anthemis nobilis (Chamomile Essential Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Essential Oil),  Limon (Lemon Essential Oil) Organic Alcohol, D-Limonene. It is 100% Natural. THC & Toxin-Free, (as recommended by netdoctor). A CALM Pillow Spray balances the comforting aromatherapy scents of luxurious Lemon, relaxing Rosemary and calming Chamomile to quieten your mind and soothe you to your sleepy place. Awake feeling calmed. Mist onto your pillow and bed linen to bring calm, peace and tranquility to your bedtime ritual. This is my favourite pillow spray at the moment. When I wake up in the night ( which I often do) I reach for the spray and soon find myself feeling relaxed and calm.

2. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 75 ml – £19.50 this pillow spray contains Fragrance mixture (Linalool; Linalyl Acetate; Vetiverols; Ocimene; Caryophyllene; Terpentine-4-ol; beta-Pinene; d-Limonene; 1-Octen-3-yl acetate; Geraniol). They say ‘Get a great night’s sleep with our best-selling deep sleep pillow spray. Proven to help you fall asleep faster and wake feeling more refreshed. Use at bedtime to help reduce sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality. Award-winning natural, aromatherapeutic Superblend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile calms both mind and body, soothing you to sleep.’ This is my second choice as I just adore lavender and in this particular spray it has a lovely strong smell of it.

3. M&S Collection Pillow Sleep Spray 200 ml – £6.50 it contains Aqua, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin, lavandula angustifolia oil, disodium edta, and denatonium benzoate. In their wordsCreate a calming atmosphere at bedtime with our aromatic pillow spray. From our Body and Soul collection, the spray helps to bring feelings of tranquillity and sleepiness to your bedroom. Spray it onto your pillow at the end of the day and relax into a dreamy slumber. This is my afternoon rest pillow spray to help me just rest and relax for an hour. It works for me.

4. Neon Organics Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist 5 ml – £8 the ingredients in this spray is 100% natural fragrances. Their words ‘this really special complex blend using only 100% natural fragrances with 14 of the purest possible dreamy essential oils including English lavender, chamomile & patchouli plus little touches of other perfectly chosen natural essential oils expertly blended to help you relax and prepare for sleep. Use the Pillow Mist for maximum quality and quantity of zzz’s’. This is a great size to pop in your bag for a weekend break.

5. L’Occitane En Provence Relaxing Pillow Mist 100 ml – £19.00 Made with essential oils, this mist creates a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being. I was given a sample size of this in a gift with other products and felt I had a good night’s sleep but probably needed to try it for a lot longer but the smell makes you feel relaxed straight away.