IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT TIREDNESS & HOW TO OVERCOME IT…

Your energy and tiredness can actually be lifted in different ways. If your struggling just to put one foot in front of the other then you could try some tricks of the trade to help pick you up.

Studies have proved that an early morning workout boosts your metabolism more than at any other time. First thing for me is by far the worst time as I am always as stiff as a board but once I’ve had my medication, a hot shower and got moving I soon feel more comfortable but I might start going for my morning walk before breakfast to try this metabolism lift.

They also say that if you drop a jasmine essential oil on your wrist after showering it will increase brain waves and instantly make you more alert.

Wearing bright colours they say will give you an instant energy boost.

And, apparently when you are doing computer work you blink a lot less which can then leas to you feeling more tired. In the Natural Health Magazine they said that the University of Texas suggest a 20-20-20-20 strategy : blinking 20 times, looking away for 20 seconds and focusing on an object 20 feet away, every 20 minutes !!!!!

Include nuts in your lunch as they are high in healthy unsaturated fats and protein, and packed with key vitamins and minerals, nuts are a great source of energy.

Of course we all know that taking a nap for around 45 minutes can produce a five-fold improvement in your memory and alertness and is something I can definitely verify is so true. If I miss my 44 mins – 1 hr afternoon nap I just cannot function the same and, my pain seems much worse.

I am lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, so I can regularly walk among nature. Researchers at the University of Rochester have found that being surrounded by nature for just 20 minutes a day makes people feel more invigorated.

Finally, at the end of your day, try this bedtime power walk. Walk as slowly as you can around your bedroom keeping your body in constant motion. Start with 30 seconds and then work your way up to 5 minutes. They say this low level exercise will reduce stress hormones dramatically.

SEPTEMBER – CHRONIC PAIN AWARENESS MONTH…

Pain Concern write that this month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, the International Pain Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

During September, the U.S. Pain Foundation will be sharing 30 stories of people living with pain over 30 days, while the AMTA has posted resources to inform people of the role of massage therapy in pain management strategies. Pain Concern, they will be posting regularly on social media.

Everyone can play a part during this month by using the hashtag #PainAwarenessMonth.

You can also get involved by ‘liking’/‘following’ Pain Concern on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and share the cause.

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When people say what is chronic pain? You can only describe Chronic pain as different to acute pain. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health.

Curable Health explain that everyday stressors have more of an impact on the body than most of us realize. Once stressors are identified, the brain begins to put the body into a state of fight or flight, causing real, physical effects in the body.

Over time, the brain and central nervous system learn to continue to put the body into a painful state, which repeats the pain cycle. The Curable team pulled resources from modern neuroscience to visually depict the stress-related chronic pain cycle. While neuroscientists are still working to understand all the details of this cycle, this visual can help you grasp the concept on a deeper level.

ME AWARENESS WEEKS MONDAY 11th MAY – SUNDAY 17th MAY…

The ME Association are going blue for ME to help raise awareness of ME.. Go Blue 4 ME, one of the ME Association’s most successful regular fundraising campaigns, will run again in 2020. It will be held during ME Awareness Week in May: Monday, May 11 – Sunday, May 17. They are currently working on the full campaign and will let you know all about it as soon as we can. In the meantime, you might like to consider previous events and begin to plan what you might do in 2020.

Why BLUE?  Because blue is the internationally accepted and recognised colour of M.E. Awareness. How you GO BLUE is entirely up to you… How far you go BLUE is also entirely up to you. Just do all you can to colour in this cruel invisible illness.

The ME Association say,

  • We published photos with REAL quotes from those featured in our campaign as info-graphics on the website and social media and you shared them in large numbers across your networks.
  • You shared your own images and stories and highlighted the issues you felt needed to be addressed, like research funding, medical education and medical care and support.
  • The legend of our campaign was shared far and wide across social media: “Real People. Real Disease. Real M.E.” as were the hashtags: #RealME #GoBLUE4ME #MEAwareness
  • Your efforts helped us to reach beyond our immediate community to raise awareness with those who are not directly affected.
  • For more inspiration, take a look at the 2019 Events Gallery.

Head over to the ME Associations website for some great ideas on how to raise funds for ME.

Action for ME is a UK charity which helps support and helps make a difference to people suffering from M.E.

What is ME? –Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a long-term (chronic), fluctuating, a neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. M.E. affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK and around 17 million people worldwide.

People with M.E. experience severe, persistent fatigue associated with post-exertional malaise, the body’s inability to recover after expending even small amounts of energy, leading to a flare-up in symptoms.

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Not everyone will experience the exact same symptoms so it’s important not to compare someone who has M.E. to another person who has the illness. People with M.E. can vary enormously in their experience of the illness, and also how long their symptoms last. Some make good progress and may recover, while others can remain ill for a number of years and may not get better. Some people find that they don’t go back completely to the way they felt before they became ill, but they do recover sufficiently to lead happy and fulfilling lives. This is similar to many other chronic illnesses.’

Fibromyalgia sufferers understand what it’s like to suffer from chronic fatigue but M.E sufferers experience this in a much bigger way, a way which most people could not comprehend.  Several descriptions of illness resembling those of M.E and chronic fatigue syndrome have been reported for at least two hundred years but they say that ‘a lack of understanding and awareness about M.E. means patients can experience disbelief, and even discrimination, from friends, family, health and social care professionals and employers.’ Sounds familiar?

Fibromyalgia, CFS, and M.E all seem to have a similar pattern of not being accepted as a genuine condition or people suffering without a diagnosis. The only way to raise awareness of these conditions if for sufferers and carers to highlight the plight they are in. Action for M.E is just one of those charities trying to raise awareness of the condition. They take action to end the ignorance, injustice, and neglect faced by people with M.E. They do that by helping to improve the lives of people with M.E.  while taking action to secure change for the future.

Their mission is empowering people with M.E. to fulfil their potential and secure the care and support they need while working towards a greater understanding of the illness and ultimately a cure.

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You can donate ‘Give Big for Me to help fund vital information and support services for people suffering from M.E.

 

ALTERNATIVE PAIN RELIEF METHODS TO TRY TODAY…

With so many advertisements for pain relief medication and so many other popular chemical based products that are said to reduce symptoms, it can be difficult to seek out some more natural alternative ways to tackle your discomfort. Feelings as though you want to avoid these over the counter medicines can be down to many different reasons, yet coverage of alternative options is far less widespread making it tough to know what other choices are available on the market today. Luckily, natural pain relief methods do exist in several forms, and many people cite these methods as having worked well for them. So, if you want to find out more about which natural options are on offer for you to try, then read on for some of the best concepts and ideas that you can make the most of today.

Include More Exercise In Your Schedule

Though tackling a workout may be one of the last things on your mind whilst suffering from any kind of muscle or joint pain, including a little more exercise in your schedule can have a dramatic effect on the way that you feel. There’s no need to hit the gym every day for a super intense session, but attempting to take part in something such as yoga or swimming can help to relieve some of your symptoms and break the cycle of recurrent pain. The pain associated with illnesses such as arthritis can be eased by stretching and working your muscles, as this can quickly improve your mobility and allow you to get up and get moving in a much faster time. Yoga is particularly helpful for many forms of pain, as not only does it focus on strength and balance training using only the weight of the participant, but it also incorporates breath control and meditation that can deal with the emotional aspect of your discomfort too.

Explore Modern Marvels Of Science

In recent years there has been an increase in research into new inventions and discoveries that might be the ideal solution for your pain related symptoms, so it’s a great idea to begin exploring the modern marvels that are being released on the market today. For example, one of the biggest industries that’s advancing at a considerable rate thanks to the success of their products in the CBD industry. Understanding these substances couldn’t be easier when you can utilise a CBD Beginners Guide that details how and why the treatments can work for you, as it’s becoming increasingly common for these oils and serums to be utilised as pain relief methods. Always consult your healthcare professional before exploring alternative methods, as it’s good to keep in touch with a specialist that can track your symptoms and ensure there are no nasty side effects from the treatment you are attempting.

With any luck, these new age and natural pain relief methods will aid you in reducing your discomfort and improving your mobility without the need for common chemical compounds.