Dry Skin Brush-off

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They say a fool and his/her money are easily parted, I’d like to alter that saying to a ‘Chronically ill person and their money are easily parted.. to products claiming to make them feel well.’

Dry skin brushes. They’re expensive and they look really great hanging in the bathroom all organic like. That line should go at the bottom of my article, since it sums things up succinctly. I enthusiastically bought my whole family one each after reading several online articles saying this was a cheap and easy way to give your body a wake up each morning before your shower, it feels nice and it’s really good for your circulation. Glowing skin. Bla bla bla. I’m sure it really is; but I stopped doing it after about 2 weeks …when it was clearly not living up to one articles claim, “as good as that first cup of coffee in the morning for waking you up and making you feel great.” No. sorry. No. It is not. They are both a light brown colour and the similarity ends there.

Sometimes I think its just another bloody thing to do each morning. Scrape your tongue, exfoliate, moisturise, cleanse, tone, juice a lemon, make a protein shake, yoga, tai chi, meditate, cleanse your chakras, get some sunlight and a walk with your shoes off to get the earths negative ions OMG it’s never ending. Maybe the skin brushing has fabulous long-term benefits but it looks like I’m never going to find out. I have to admit that the ‘coffee’ line got me in since I’d given that up (I say that so easily but it was like giving up crack), and I would love to think the dry brushing could give me the caffeine and dairy fix I was after, so of course I was headed for disappointment.

Look, if you have an extra 5 minutes to brush your skin all over every day, I say do it, it does feel nice and it has benefits and you go for it. Don’t let me put you off.

The hidden predicament of ‘too sick to work; too ‘undiagnosable’ to get any assistance.’

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Woe betide the person who develops a chronic health condition that has no name and which doesn’t show up on conventional health tests. You are about the enter a hellish realm of being seen as a lazy, antisocial, hypochondriac – and thats just what your doctor thinks of you. Your friends and family will become tired of you and your one subject conversation and you’ll start to not bother mentioning it; which will further cement the notion in everybody’s heads that you are making it all up and in reality you are living it up on the couch at home watching YouTube videos all day while they’re all out paying taxes. Continue reading “The hidden predicament of ‘too sick to work; too ‘undiagnosable’ to get any assistance.’”

From competent to COMT

 

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My body crash happened about 18months ago, aged 45 right after a stressful work related breakdown. I’ve spiralled over the last year into the full horror of oestrogen madness and crashing fatigue, but in the last three months I’m slowly getting on top of things and here is how I’m doing it. I’ve cut my anxiety/estrogen madness by 80% and my fatigue by 3/4s

My symptoms: heart palps and flip flops; tachycardia (up to 200bpm) regularly but mostly around ovulation and pms time; severe chest/solar plexus tightness; dizzy, faint, weak. Severe anxiety, not from my mind but from my body – important distinction here. I’ve never had anxiety like that ever before, which is how i knew it was body response; feelings of madness and despair (pms); shortness of breath; body aching all over like the flu; swollen glands, aching behind my eyes before period. Crashing badly every night between 5-7 pm, tremors. Shaking. Numbness and tingling in extremities. Crawly, prickly skin.

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Last year my health cost me $60,000

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Yes you read that right. Due to excessive stress in the work place I had a total mental and physical breakdown, from which I am still recovering. It cost me $60,000 because I lost the ability to earn money for a year. Fortunately for me, that wasn’t strictly true as I was awarded work cover for my psychological injury. The point I am making is, stress is costly. If you don’t have your health you truly don’t have very much at all. It’s true, my stress was caused by extreme circumstances, however these circumstances can happen to anyone of us at any time, perhaps it’s a single factor like mine, or maybe it’s a perfect storm of factors that come together to bring you down.

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Coffee and Dairy – maybe they’re just not that into you..

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I have given up SO much that the thought of giving up coffee and dairy was simply too much to bear, so I turned a deaf ear to all things anti-coffee and dairy, I didn’t want to know. It was my morning ritual and it bought me joy. Deep down inside (not even that deep) I knew it was not good, not even the coffee itself but my longstanding love affair with milk and all things dairy.

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STOP IT!!!!

STOP IT!!!!

I just wanted to share this hilarious video.

It’s so tempting as a parent and even as a therapist to want to tell someone to ‘just get over it’ and yet we all know this doesn’t help the situation. Getting over the things that we fear and worry about is a highly personal journey and only with the support of loved ones can we begin to make true progress towards expanding our lives. Continue reading “STOP IT!!!!”

Ponderings of My Pantry

FullSizeRender-3.jpgI just cleaned out my pantry… ah the reminiscing, ah the HORROR. It tells the story of my year. It lets you know all my secrets and inmost fears and phases.

Most noticeable was the gluten free phase, and my obvious desire to make as many loaves of gluten free bread as was humanly possible as well as eating large quantities of rice porridge. Gluten free pasta also was in great surplus.

The less noticeable Sushi phase, was only evident from some weathered, flea-bitten nori (seaweed paper), rice vinegar (next to the brown vinegar, white vinegar and applecider vinegar, balsamic vingegar and caremalised balsamic vinegar), and a small container of shari (special rice), which leads me to the rice section. I had no fewer than five different varieties of rice, depsite the fact that I pretty much only use Basmati, 99.9% of the time… there was brown rice (both long and short grain), white rice, aborio rice, shari rice, and Basmati rice. I do have a vague recollection of becoming excited about the idea of risotto after watching some random cooking show, but its clear from the unopened packet this never became a reality. Like so much else in my pantry.

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