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How To Cope With Chronic Pain


We all think life is hard, but unless you are living with chronic pain, you may not know what hard really means. You should be able to live without the relentless and overwhelming pain that seems to take over your life, but if you are in the group of people who are dealing with a chronic pain condition, then you may not be able to enjoy life as much as you had hoped. 

Learning how to cope with chronic pain is a must, and you should do as much research as possible to manage your condition with your doctor’s help. There are plenty of options out there for positive changes that you could make to ensure that life with a chronic pain condition is as manageable as possible. You’ve probably tried every single remedy, from pain pills to reading about how the benefits of CBD research is growing. There are many things that you can do right now to cope with chronic pain, and these include:

Stress can exacerbate the pain that you are feeling, and when it comes to chronic illness and pain, stress levels rising can be the cause of the pain getting worse. So, you need to reduce your pain levels as much as possible. By reducing your stress, you can reduce your pain. Meditation, yoga and other relaxing activities can help you to destress, as can avoiding negativity in all forms.

You may hate exercise and the way that it makes you feel, but sitting still makes pain worse. Get your body moving and do it in water if you need the support while you move, and you’ll feel so much better. Better circulation can lead to a reduced risk for heart conditions and diabetes, and releasing those endorphins can be wonderful for pain relief. Exercise allows you to keep your muscles supple and your body as healthy as possible, and that can only be a good thing for pain. 

If you can figure out what reacts with your body and makes your pain flare up, eliminate it. For some people, certain drugs and drinks can make their pain worse, and if you are using alcohol to numb the pain, it’s best to quit now before it becomes a big problem. Your food and drink will react with your pain meds in some cases, and so it becomes about finding the right balance across the board. Make it so that you minimize your pain, not make it worse.

Getting adequate rest is not easy when your body is in pain or you are dealing with side effects of your medicine. With chronic pain, your body can’t just stop being in pain, and sleep is so important for your health and potential recovery. You need to work on getting the best possible rest each night so that you can let your body heal as much as possible.

Chronic pain is not easy to live with, but whatever you do, take as many roads as possible toward minimizing your pain and living comfortably.

Elyse

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7 Small Touches For Your New Bathroom


If you’re thinking of adding the finishing touches to your newly renovated bathroom but you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’ve renovated it yourself or you’ve just moved into a new place, knowing how you’re going to make it your own is essential. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can do exactly that. From sticking to a theme to buying lots of matching accessories, the more you’re thinking about it the better. With that in mind, here are 7 small touches for your new bathroom.

Stick To A Theme

When it comes to adding the finishing touches to your bathroom you need to ensure you’re sticking to a theme. Whether it’s a colour scheme or a pattern, sticking to a theme will ensure your bathroom is looking as good as possible. If you’re struggling to find things that match the theme you want to create, you may need to consider switching to something that’s a lot easier to find. For inspiration when it comes to bathroom themes, you can visit this site here. 


Buy Lots Of Matching Accessories

Once you know what your theme is going to be and you’ve started to add your finishing touches, you need to ensure you’re buying lots of matching accessories. From bath mats to toothbrush holders, you may be surprised at how many matching things you can find for your bathroom. 

Consider Putting Artwork On Bare Walls

If you have a lot of space in your bathroom and find the walls are looking a little bare, you may want to consider putting artwork on them. Whether this means you buy a couple of pictures to put in frames or you have something hand-painted onto the wall, it’s much better than having white walls all around. If the whole of your bathroom is tiled, you may struggle to do this. For artwork suitable for a bathroom, you can visit this site here. 

Invest In A Towel Set For Each Person In Your Family

If you want to add an extra special touch to your bathroom, getting matching towel sets for each person in your family is a great idea. Not only will you each have a high-quality towel but they’ll add a great overall aesthetic to the room if you display them properly. For luxury bath towels, you can visit this site here.

Buy A High-Quality Shower Curtain

If you don’t yet have a shower curtain, you need to ensure you’re buying something that is both high-quality and something that matches your overall theme. If you’re struggling to find something you like there are lots of other options to consider, including frosted glass. 

Consider Your Storage Options

One of the hardest things when it comes to adding finishing touches to a bathroom is ensuring you have enough storage space. Whether you’re storing your makeup or you need somewhere to put all of your bathroom cleaning products, finding high-quality storage that is suitable can be difficult. 

Opt For Lighting Around Your Mirror

If you’re going to be doing your hair and makeup in your bathroom each day, you may want to consider having specialist lighting around your mirror. 

Have Lots Of Shower And Bath Products Ready

Finally, you need to ensure you’re stocked up with lots of your favourite bath and shower products as when your bathroom renovation is finally finished, you’ll be able to run yourself a hot bath to relax and recover

Have you just renovated your bathroom? What small finishing touches can you make to ensure it's looking the best it can? Did we miss anything off the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Elyse

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To Truly Love Someone, You Have To Love Yourself


Love is a funny concept. It has been written about, sung about, spoken of and both defined as a beautiful, uplifting experience and also one that curses humankind in the same breath. Love can make us do things we would never do otherwise, and it can also harm our self-esteem if a loving relationship turns into a toxic situation. 

There are about as many definitions of love as there are people to experience it, and even then, the definitions are splintered. After all, familial love is much different from romantic love, which is much different from platonic love, which could perhaps be considered the most voluntary and pure of its forms.

But one truth, no matter how we may be feeling about love in that particular moment, always echoes above the rest. To truly love someone, in whatever context, you have to love yourself. People often think that the best relationships are those in which the opposite person completes them, but really, said the opposite person is so perfect because they help unlock the full amount of self-love in their partner. This allows the connection between two people to really bloom.

So how can you start this internal process of self-love, and is it as easy as clicking on a light switch to illuminate your thoughts and emotions? In the words below, we’ll explore this nuanced topic:

Accept & Validate Yourself (Through Actions, Not Words)

Accept and validate who you are, because what’s the alternative to doing so? Trying to find validation in everyone you meet or expecting your partner to always provide you with that emotional support even when they’re feeling a little down themselves? It’s a great thing for couples to support one another, but it’s also even better if they can pepper a little self-support or a lot of self-support into that. 

After all, how can we expect the world to validate us if we don’t validate ourselves? Surely you know yourself more than anyone else can? Here’s a thought experiment worth trying - what if you just accepted yourself at this moment, with no catches? Sure, your posture may be a little squirrely, and sure you may not have held the elevator door open for that person this morning, but are you really so terrible? Or can you make accepting yourself, as if an affirmation, something to consider? The irony is that giving yourself the chance to do this will actually help you want to improve yourself, and feel natural motivation to do so, because we’ll know we’re good, but also know that we could be prouder of ourselves if we put that effort forth (such as starting a regular exercise regimen). This in itself can be a valuable consideration.

Treat & Pamper Yourself

We all deserve to be pampered from time to time. For instance, using CBD skincare products can help us feel calmer and more relaxed when managing our appearance while heading for a massage from time to time can help us unlock the knots in our shoulders and will relieve tension in the best way. More than that, but giving some time to massage our partner or having them do the same to us can help us feel relaxed in our bodies and nurtures intimacy.

Treating yourself may involve booking an impromptu spa day on a weekend you both have off work, or simply taking your dog for a walk down an alternate, beautiful blooming pathway. You needn’t spend over the odds to treat yourself, it’s the experiences that truly do count.

Do Communicate (You’re Not As Weird As You Think!)

Communicate with your partner. Communicate with those you care about. Don’t be afraid to show your true colours. Be who you are, and don’t be afraid. We’re now living in a culture where it’s fine to be who you truly are for the most part, and doing so can help you truly uncover what’s great about your character.

Does this mean you have to label yourself or dive into theory or become a proponent of political activism? Of course not. It might simply be that you wish to get involved in an otherwise ‘nerdy’ hobby despite having a trendy social group, such as asking your friends to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons with you. It’s little confident measures like this that can show you there’s nothing you should have disparaged in yourself, to begin with, and that can be healing.

With this advice, we hope you can truly love yourself as much as you love the closest people in your life.



Elyse

Statement: Collaboration