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It’s no secret that there are a lot of unpleasant medical conditions out there. While most people in the modern world don’t have to suffer with the same illnesses for long periods, it can be all too easy to find yourself in a position where your health is ruling your life. A lot of people find themselves in this spot, and don’t know how to switch things around to get on top of their illness, forcing them to give up huge amounts of time to it. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to take the edge off of your medical conditions, giving you the chance to live the life you’ve always wanted.
A Support Network
This first area is one in which a lot of people struggle with. Even when you have a supportive and caring group of people around you, it isn’t always easy to speak up and tell them that you’re suffering, and this is a barrier you need to break. It’s worth being honest with the people you care about, not only telling them about your condition, but also giving them ways to help you with it. The people around you will want to help as much as they can, though it will be hard for them to do this without a little bit of direction. For those who don’t have many close relationships, the medical staff you work with can fill this role nicely.
A Tailored Environment
While public spaces will always be hard to navigate for those with serious medical conditions, your home should be somewhere which is built around you. There are loads of ways to make it easier to remain independent at home. For example, if you are wheelchair bound, having your kitchen surfaces and tables lowered can make it much easier to handle normal tasks. Bathrooms can be replaced with wetrooms, hoists can be added, and hospital beds can be borrowed to make the nights easier. It’s well worth exploring all of your options with something like this, as your doctor may not make your aware of all of the options you have.
There are more service businesses in the modern world than at any other point throughout history. People have found a lot of ways to carve a business out of supporting people’s needs, and this means that it’s become a lot easier to live with medical conditions which make other aspects of life hard. NHS repeats services can provide you with your prescription medication as and when you need it, saving you from having to visit the doctor every time you need something like this. You can also do this with clothes washing, cooking, and even house cleaning, making it very easy to live a normal life without putting yourself through hell in the process.
The idea of moving home will seem extreme to a lot of people, but when you have to visit a doctor more than once a week it can make an awful lot of sense. Travelling to these places and paying for parking can take a huge amount of time and money, ultimately forcing you to change many aspects of your routine to keep up with it. If this is going to dominate several years of your life, it makes a lot of sense to put time into overcoming it, and moving home to be closer to your appointments can be a great way to handle this.
Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about the equipment you have available to make your life easier. Wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and even things like crutches can be extremely expensive, leaving a lot of people to deal without them. Of course, though, it simply doesn’t have to be this way, with most medical organisations offering their patients the opportunity to borrow these essential pieces of equipment. While you may not feel like you need something like this, having the right gear can make life a lot easier for someone with a long-term medical condition, and this is worth keeping in mind.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to break the shackles of illness, giving yourself the chance to live a normal life. A lot of people struggle with this, letting their medical conditions overwhelm them. The tools and resources are available to overcome this, though, and you only need to put some work into taking control to see an improvement.
With spring in full swing and summer on the horizon, I like to slowly inject some new products into my skin and beauty routine. Two of the latest additions to my routine are a skin product for fading dark acne scars and a new all natural and organic mascara for enhancing that all natural beauty!
The first product I want to talk about is a scar serum called Lué Fade by Jean Seo. It is a new product from this brand and is essentially meant to fade acne scars, skin discolouration and ageing. I have been battling with pigmentation scars for a while now and have tried many natural products to combat it with some success and some not so great results.
I have to say that after testing this product every night for a week I’m blown away by the results. My scars have genuinely faded significantly and I think that with a few more applications my scars will be a thing of the past! It really is a powerful serum that is natural, organic and cruelty free. It comes in a small 75ml bottle with an easy applicator wand that you use to apply the serum to targeted areas.The ingredients include; distilled water, lemon juice, kojic acid, cranberry, vitamin C amongst others.
The second product I have introduced into my beauty routine is a plant based, vegan and cruelty free mascara from a brand I hadn’t previously heard of Ere Perez. It is an avocado waterproof mascara which is smudge proof too! This product I have used on a couple of occasions and it does go on well and makes my lashes seem fuller and thicker, it is indeed waterproof and as per the instructions on the packaging, can be removed with some plant based oils such as coconut or almond oils.
Well I’m not sure about you but this had me sold on the mascara as what a lovely way to get it off than slathering on some nourishing and natural coconut or almond oil to do the job. I am definitely happy to add this to my collection of more natural and skin friendly mascaras.
I’ve been in love with Evolve’s radiant glow organic face mask for a minute, I’ve been using it for quite a few months now and thought it was time I wrote a review about this product. The face mask comes in a dark coloured jar and has a soft chocolatey consistency with coconut granules which give it a grainy texture to buff away any dead skin cells after the ingredients of cacao and clay have purified and revitalised the skin. To use the mask apply a thick layer to already cleansed skin, leave for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. I tend to work in a circular motion on my face so as to use the mask to buff any dead skin cells off whilst cleansing the mask off my face.
I have to say I absolutely love this mask, it smells like the most decadent chocolate and feels great when applied to the skin. After applying and washing the mask off my skin feels silky smooth, invigorated, glowing and plump as the clay and cacao help to improve circulation to the face. All in all, I have to say that this mask is a great addition to my beauty routine that I tend to use about twice a week. I also love that as with all my beauty finds this product is cruelty free, organic, vegan friendly, natural and handcrafted right here in the UK! Have you tried any of Evolve’s face masks?
The other day I was feeling a mid afternoon slump and decided I needed something sweet yet healthy to help me get through the afternoon. it was a particularly windy and rainy day and I thought that it may be a good idea to bake some cookies, something that I hadn’t done in a while, i mean there is nothing more comforting the the smell of freshly baked goods on a a miserable weather day! I decided to raid my cupboards and found some rolled oats and glace cherries amongst other ingredients and my idea to make some oat cherry cookies was born. The recipe is really simple and straightforward and you can knock these delicious treats up in no time at all.
1 Cup rolled oats
1 /2 Cup glace cherries (halved)
2 Chia Eggs (or flax egg replacement)
2 Tbsp Coconut nectar ( or sweetener of choice)
2 Tsp Ground cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground nutmeg
2 Tbsp Coconut oil / butter
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper
In a bowl add all the dry ingredients followed by the coconut oil / butter
Make whole in the dry ingredients and add in the Chia eggs or egg replacer of choice
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to form a a dough
With a spoon scoop a spoonful of mixture and place onto the pre lined baking tray
Flatten each scoop with the palm of your hand to form a cookie shape
Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown
Allow to cool and enjoy with some delicious non dairy milk or a warm beverage.
I’m sure by now you must have come across facial rollers somewhere on your social media feed or online. It seems like jade facial rollers are having a moment and are being included in many a facial skincare routine and rightly so as Jade has been used for millennia in beauty routines in Asia. Facial rollers now come in other semi precious stones and for me it was a no brainer when I found out that you could get one made of Rose quartz. While Jade was used in the east in Asia, Rose quartz on the other hand was used in the beauty regimes of the ancient Egyptians for many reasons one of which is it’s connection to the energies of self love.
There are definite benefits to using a facial roller which I’ll go into below as well as a short how to on how to use your facial roller effectively. The benefits of using a rose quartz roller in your nightly facial skincare regimen include;
Improving skin elasticity
Reduces the appearance of and tightens pores
Toning the facial muscles and the skin
Helps the detoxification and lymphatic drainage processes
Helps to reduce the appearance of under eye bags and fine lines
Aids the absorption of facial serums / oils / treatments into the skin.
I usually incorporate the roller into my nighttime facial routine after cleansing and toning I use a serum or facial oil to help the roller glide over the skin and to help the nourishing ingredients penetrate into the skin. A favourite oil of mine to use is Rosehip seed oil. I use the roller as follows; In outward strokes rather than a back and forth motion.