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16 REASONS TO TAKE UP THE POWER OF THE PEN AND WRITE…

Most of my readers also write blogs but I bet many have not really thought about the benefits of putting pen to paper and how much you can do with it. Well, here are 16 reasons you should take up the power of the pen and write more.

  1. Every night write down the errands you need to do for the following day. You will be surprised how satisfying it feels and clears your mind for a better night’s sleep. I always write ideas for my posts the following day.
  2. Writing helps you to sit with your thoughts and get to know yourself better. Pen and paper are very soothing and can take you to another place.
  3. It increases your self-understanding and empathy and allows great mental focus which gives us the time to enter a creative stage and improve our physical health.
  4. A landmark study found that those who wrote for 20 minutes a day for four days had a marked improvement in their mood and visited the GP less than those who were not writing regularly.
  5. It is one of the most easily accessible and adaptable things you can enjoy doing. You can write anywhere and everywhere.
  6. I stopped thinking I am not capable of being a writer as I have written thousands of blog posts over the years so I must be quite good at it.
  7. Writing is not just for one type of individual it is for everyone. It is a way of communicating, self-discovery, creativity, spirituality and self-expression.
  8. Do not think your writing has to be grammatically correct. I was useless at English at school and didn’t even pass it at ‘o’ level. Just enjoy the thought of putting down what is on your mind and you will find it transformative.
  9. Expressive Writing (writing about your innermost thoughts and emotions) has been used to help people process trauma, heartbreak, bereavement, illness and pain.
  10. Write down your struggles, it becomes more real and can help your family and friends to understand your situation. It can also validate something by making it real. It can encourage a shift in your thinking when it is all written down.
  11. When you write all your thoughts down you will realise how many pointless thoughts are taking up space in your brain and it will feel a release to get rid of them.
  12. Writing down the good things that have gone on throughout your day can also be very beneficial and can make you feel so much better.
  13. Buy yourself some beautiful notebooks to write in. They will encourage you to write and will look pretty left out in your room. I have them bought for me by friends and family every birthday.
  14. Write about whatever is going on in your mind and see where it takes you. It may surprise you as it triggers off other thoughts.
  15. Use the good old-fashioned notebook and pen as it encourages you to take your time about what you want to write about allowing you to focus on each word.
  16. Research has shown that 20 minutes a day, writing most days is ideal but even a couple of minutes a day can be worthwhile. Never feel you ‘have’ to write or it will take the enjoyment out of it. I am a list person and have a couple of lovely notebooks around the house which I look at every day and love crossing things off and adding more. It is part of my daily routine. The most important thing is to enjoy it.
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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT 10 NATURAL REMEDIES TO HELP WITH FATIGUE…

Chronic Fatigue is in the news a lot, especially if you have suffered from Covid-19. Here are 10 Natural ways to help with fatigue. 

 1. If you are suffering from a case of afternoon slumps then eat or smell peppermint. It is known to wake up and help decrease fatigue. In fact, research at the University of Northumbria found that in a test involving word recall, peppermint-gum chewer’s scores were up to 36% higher than non-chewers.

 2. They also say that Siberian Ginseng which has been around for centuries is known for its anti-fatigue qualities. It acts like a tonic, which can then increase the body’s vital energy. Anyone taking antidepressants, diabetes, or blood clotting medication should consult their physician first.

3. Vitamin B12 is also popular and it is naturally found in fish, dairy produce, organ meats, beef, and pork and is water-soluble. Vitamin B12 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, the functioning of the nervous system, homocysteine metabolism, psychological function, red blood cell formation and function of the immune system. 

4. Graded Exercise Therapy. Studies have repeatedly shown that graded exercise therapy helps those with CFS.

5. Sleep, of course, is a natural remedy for fatigue… People with CFS often have broken or disordered sleep and may even suffer from insomnia. Going to bed and getting up in the morning at the same time every day. Avoid naps during the day (although I cannot manage without mine) and take time to relax before you go to bed.

6. Liquorice root, in a standardised form, is a commonly used natural remedy for chronic fatigue. This herb, which helps regulate normal system function and allows your body to better cope with stress, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. To help restore cortisol levels, look for standardized liquorice root in extract or pill form. Speak to your physician if you take blood thinners, potassium, or blood pressure medications as interactions can occur.

7. The NHS added that an excellent way to keep up your energy throughout the day is to eat regular meals and healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours, rather than a large meal less often.

8. Cut out caffeine, the NHS say try to stay off caffeine completely for a month to see if you feel less tired without it.

9. Healthline quote the top 11 best vitamins and supplements for boosting your energy including Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, CoQ10, Vitamin B12, Iron, Creatine, Citrulline, Beetroot Powder, Melatonin, Tyrosine, Caffeine with L-Theanine.

10. Very Well Health writes that Tea contains two things that appear to offer health benefits: polyphenols and theanine. While tea hasn’t been studied specifically as a treatment for FMS and ME/CFS, research suggests that these two ingredients may hold some promise for sufferers.

Please remember to check with your GP first before taking any supplements especially if you are taking any other types of medication. 

Source: Very Well Health University of Northumbria The Healthy Science Direct NHS Healthline 

 

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IS CBD SUITABLE FOR FIBROMYALGIA PAIN?…

CBD is an effective therapeutic agent. It can be used to deal with uncommon varieties of epilepsy and suggests a great promise in the remedy of issues for other conditions like multiple sclerosis. Outside of the clinic, CBD is gaining traction in the fitness industry. It is governing our mood and enhances the intellectual and bodily wellness of humans all over the world.

Anyone living with a chronic condition will know just how much it interferes with each and every aspect of your life. Since prescription pain medications are limited by countless risks and side effects, many are turning to CBD to ease symptoms of chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia.

I wrote an article last year on CBD, IT’S BENEFITS & AWARENESS DAY 8TH AUGUST, which explains a bit more about the different types of products available and how they can help with some health problems.

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is an active ingredient found in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is one of over 100 natural cannabinoids, but unlike its psychoactive counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD cannot get you high.

CBD merges with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which a biological network that plays a crucial role in governing our mood, energy levels, immune system, appetite, sleep, pain approach, and much more.

With many fibromyalgia patients finding it hard to find the right treatment/medication for the pain associated with fibromyalgia, a number of patients have turned to CBD products to help.

Many patients have found CBD to be a blessing in reducing pain and inflammation, improving moods and sleep, and helping to combat fibromyalgia fatigue. There is also some up-and-coming scientific evidence to support this.

One reason CBD can help with the pain in fibromyalgia is by helping to regulate ECS activity, which is responsible for maintaining a homeostatic balance in the body, particularly between the immune system and the nervous system. 

CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can be effective pain relief, particularly for neuropathic pain, and CBD can also be hugely favourable to our mental well-being. It is not uncommon for people living with fibromyalgia to experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Our mood is largely dependent on our serotonin levels, CBD may help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

CBD can be used as a natural sleep aid, so it may help to remedy some of the sleeping problems often associated with fibromyalgia which scientists think may help by reducing pain or boosting our serotonin.   

Cannabis has shown to have a significant positive effect on fibromyalgia symptoms, but there hasn’t yet but it is early days on research into the effect of CBD alone.

Howeverhigh CBD/low THC strains of cannabis seem to be more effective at managing pain than high THC/low CBD strains, which is some pretty solid evidence of CBD’s pain-relieving properties.    

According to an article in Leafie The World Health Organisation has said that CBD is a safe and well-tolerated substance, even at high doses. The only reported side effects include nausea, appetite changes, and fatigue, but these are rare and minor in comparison to many prescription drugs.

It is, however, important to speak to your doctor before choosing to take CBD, especially if you’re on medication. This is because CBD has been shown to interact with some other drugs, which can be harmful to our liver. If you feel as though CBD could benefit you more than the medication that you are currently on, do not make the switch until you have spoken to a professional.

Source: Back Pain Blog, Leafie, WHO, BPB Health Disclaimer