FINDING A MEDITATION TO SUIT YOU…

While waiting to go into the Doctors I sat reading a Good Housekeeping Health Living magazine. It had a brilliant article on finding the right type of meditation to suit your mood. These are some of the tips to help you find the techniques that work best for you.

  • If you need flexibility then look at the apps that are available for help with all kinds of needs from performance to sleep. They recommend Headspace or Happier and Calm apps.
  • Headspace also runs bite-size guided meditations for anyone who is busy (who isn’t?) All you do is sign up for a free trial at Headspace or you could find meditation courses online but they state they can be expensive from
  • If you are having trouble sleeping (that’s me) then they say there is evidence that mindfulness works. The technique that has the most mental health studies supporting it is mindfulness-based ‘Cognitive Therapy‘, and there is an abundance of details online.
  • If you prefer to be taught personally then they recommend Vedic and Transcendental Meditation which are courses you can start with a one-to-one lesson when you’re given your mantra. Find Vedic and Transcendental Meditation from this website.
  • If your feeling angry or lonely then they suggest you try loving-kindness meditation, where you repeat a positive mantra. Visit Ten Percent Happier for details on this.

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6 WAYS TO CREATE CALM IN YOUR BODY…

6 ways to create calm in your body will help you sleep and feel better from the inside.

  • Your jaw can carry stress which then radiates to your head and neck. Some people even grind their teeth.  Loosen that tension by opening your mouth wide for half a minute, and breath naturally through your nose, then allow your mouth to gently close.
  • Download an app which has guided meditation like Headspace or Buddhify which give you a helping hand when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Create your own mantra, your personal mantra should be something to inspire you and motivate you. If you can’t think of one for yourself, there are lots to choose from online.
  • Relax your face by turning your head to gently look over one shoulder and then the other shoulder then gently tilt your head back just for a few seconds.
  • Listen to a beautiful piece of music, as studies have shown that slow music with a 10-second repetitive cycle can be very relaxing. They say it syncs with your blood pressure rhythm.
  • Go for a walk. It’s easy to stay inside and not bother but walking can boost circulation and leaves you feeling more relaxed. It also helps you to sleep better.

OSTEOPATHY TREATMENT FOR A BAD BACK …

Osteopathy is an alternative medical technique that uses manipulation and massage to help distressed muscles and joints, to help them work smoothly.

Treatment can improve many parts of the body by restoring normal movement in areas that have become dysfunctional. This can then allow the tissue to nourish, replenish and repair in a more natural way.

The treatment first began in 1892 when a Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), an American farmer, inventor and doctor, opened the first school of osteopathic medicine in the USA. He looked for alternatives to medical treatments in his day which he felt were ineffective as well as harmful.

His new philosophy of medicine was based on the teachings of Hippocrates. The therapy aims to pinpoint and treat any problems that are of a mechanical nature. Our body’s frame consists of the skeleton, muscles, joints and ligaments and all movements or activities such as running, swimming, eating, speaking and walking depend on it.

When you first see an Osteopath, (they were my first port of call when my back went wrong ) he or she will need to know the complete history of any problems you have, how they first occurred and what eases or aggravates matters, so a diary kept over a week or more before your visit would be a great help.

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

Osteopaths believe their treatments allow the body to heal itself. In my younger years I had a great Osteopath. I would go in and see him bent to one side and I would leave him straight. He kept me off the operating table for a number of years.

ANOTHER LOVELY AWARD FOR BACK PAIN UK…

My lovely blog friend Terri from Reclaiming Hope, nominated me for a new blog award which Pamela Jensen from There is Always Hope has created.

Terri writes a lovely blog on learning how to thrive, not just survive, with Fibromyalgia. Terri is a regular visitor to my blog and always writes lovely enthusiastic comments on my blog posts. Her Wellness Wednesday posts are full of tips to improve or inspire you with the odd recipe thrown in every now and again.

When I started writing my blog back on 2007 it was a way of me writing down how I felt on my bad and good days and I soon found solace in my blog friends and have never looked back since. It still amazes me how I can have blog friends from all over the world. Receiving an award like this just makes it even more worthwhile. If Terri had not nominated it for me and someone else had Terri would have been on the top of my list to award her with one. Many thanks Terri, you know how chuffed I am.

The Chronically Hopeful Award is, in Pamela’s words, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health. ”

Here are the rules:

• Thank your nominator

• Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award with a link.

• Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post

• Copy these rules onto your post

• Answer your nominator’s questions

• Write 5-10 of your own questions (they don’t need to be illness related)

• Nominate 5-10 other chronic illness, mental illness, or disability bloggers

• Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Terri’s questions to me...

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog.

That it doesn’t matter where you are in the world the chances are you will get to know someone through your blogging who is going through the same as you

If you could tell people ONE thing about living with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability, what would you want the general public to know???

Never, ever, ever give up hope. I have a tile in my bathroom which has this written on it.

Why did you decide to start your blog/advocacy work?

I felt very lonely and didn’t have anyone to talk to about my conditions and started looking online (back in 2007) and found out all about blogs and I was hooked from the word go.

What is one thing you’re really good at?  Don’t be modest — tell us something you have a talent for!

Talking, I hardly ever stop. 😀

What do you like to do for enjoyment?

Blog (obviously) make gift cards, knit, and short breaks in the UK.

My nominees, all of whom I think deserve this award are…

Beverley Dickson from Blooming Mindfulness

Lee Good from Fibroblogger Directory

Carole Sian Scranton from Fibro Flutters

Poise and Prescence from Alexander Technique

Cindy from Validating Chronic Pain –

Claire Saul from Pain Pals Blog

My questions for my nominees are

1. How long do you spend blogging and do you blog daily?

2. What got you into blogging?

3. What three things do you love about Sunday’s?

4. Dog or cat?

5. Heat of cold when you are in pain?