Blog, Poetry

In with the #new!

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In with the #new!

This week, I’m looking to the future and whatever it may have in store.  Looking at things in a positive way is something that’s always been important to me when writing my posts. Having a positive outlook on life is not always easy but it’s really important in difficult times like the present.  

I know there are lot’s of people out there, who are really frightened about leaving their house and going out..

I’ve written a new poem to reflect our very troubled times. The title could be viewed as misleading; although I think we are all looking to the future at the moment and hoping for some more productive times ahead.

A new direction  –  to our future…

But where are we heading?

How to start?

Or where are we going?

Have we lost direction?

Too many things happening

Nothing is the same now

No one listens anymore 

But, did they ever, though?

Or learns, from past mistakes 

What is the future now?

Trapped inside this spiral world

A first step forward 

Is now

Don’t look back…

Poem by Spiral-White

Blog

On the beach 🏖

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It’s a wonderful feeling walking along a beach; watching the sea touch your toes as you walk.

I enjoy walking all year round winter and summer.  It’s a good way to exercise and keep the weight off.

There’s no better time to start exploring new surroundings on foot during summer, or perhaps you already have due to COVID-19.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of walking recently and have also lost weight, felt healthier and improved my mental health.

Being a fibromyalgia sufferer, my joints feel less painful and movement gets easier during the warmer months.

If I can try to increase my exercise by walking a bit further each day in summer. It can help to prepare for when autumn and winter limit my movement. 

I first started walking regularly before I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  I had been suffering with lower back pain, which had got progressively worse.  I had been unable to work and my doctor said I need to go to physio first and suggested walking.

At the time I thought it was really unhelpful advice as I could barely move, let alone walk anywhere!  But after the physio got me mobile, I started with short bursts at first of 5 to 10 minutes, progressing to longer walks.  Now I do a regular walk every day and have not suffered from back pain so much; I also have more energy to do things.

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I look forward to my walk everyday, sometimes twice a day if I’m not too tired later on. I am fortunate that I live near a park and I can vary my daily walks through wooded areas and quiet residential streets.

I usually spend about 25-45 minutes on each walk and vary the terrain. On really cold or wet days when my symptoms are worse, I go for a walk at a local covered shopping centre, which means I still get exercise but I’m not exposed to the elements as much as outside.

If you have started walking recently or plan to begin and have not exercised recently you may want to consult your doctor or health professional beforehand.

If your joints are very stiff it might help to try gentle exercise at your local heated swimming pool first. Exercising in water supports the body and would free up joints. If you are a wheelchair user some pools have special equipment to access the water easily.

The NHS Walking for health site gives helpful advice for anyone wanting to start walking.

If you are a wheelchair user the UK website Walks with wheelchairsis dedicated to routes for wheelchair users.  All walks have been tested by wheelchair users.

Blog, Climate Change, Fibromyalgia

Hot summer heat…What does it mean for our future?

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Our carbon footprint and the damage we are causing to the environment has been publicised widely.

This summer has been difficult for me to manage with wildly fluctuating temperatures, here in the UK. (If you don’t follow me, I have fibromyalgia.)

It’s been so hot in the UK this week; temperatures have been up to 36C.  I have no air conditioning. 

Me and my computer 💻  are completely frazzled.  I’ve decided to have a break and try again next week.

In the meantime….

I have some questions for you to think about.

Why is it hotter in the UK this year than I can remember in my lifetime?

Why have the records for heat been broken again this year in the UK?

I don’t think you have to look far to reach a conclusion to these questions:

I found a comprehensive answer on the Greenpeace website.

“It’s the use of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas– that’s the main problem. Burning them has released carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which were locked deep within the Earth. Because of this, the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has rocketed. It’s now at levels not seen in millions of years, before humans even existed. Carbon dioxide traps heat from the sun and as a result our planet is now warming fast. 

The UK’s top ten warmest years have occurred since 2002, and this trend is set to continue.”

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Climate change is happening now 

It’s a crisis facing the whole world

For us and future generations

We can do something now

By making changes to how we live

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What can we do to help reduce our carbon emissions?

Have a look at this UN Carbon Footprint calculator.

What have I done?

I drive a hybrid car.

I’ve changed my energy tariff for a green energy deal.

I’ve stopped using plastic bottles for my water drinks and use a recyclable bottle.

I leave you with this question to think about….

What could you do to change your carbon footprint?

For more ideas have a look at the following links:

Friends of the Earth UK

Greenpeace UK

Chronic illness, Diet, Exercise, Fibromyalgia, Invisible illness, Meditation, Uncategorised

I have #fibromyalgia…

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Fibromyalgia affects around 1 in 20 people. Although most people have no idea what fibromyalgia is; let alone what it’s like to live with.

So, here’s a brief guide for anyone who doesn’t know anything about fibromyalgia.

What is fibromyalgia?

Its a long term chronic health condition characterised by pain. The pain ranges in severity on a daily basis from mild symptoms to severe pain in changing areas of the body.

The main symptoms are:

Pain throughout the whole body 

Joints and muscles feel stiff

Quality of sleep can be poor

Feeling tired and fatigued 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Extreme Sensitivity 

Cognitive problems, feeling confused, or dazed, sometimes called Fibro fog

Headaches

Depression 

Anxiety 

Painful periods in women 

The symptoms can vary from person to person.

Symptoms can get better or worse from time to time.

Factors that influence this are:

  • the amount of stress you are experiencing 
  • how much daily exercise you have
  • and changes in climate and temperature 

Further information is available on the NHS website.              

If you think you may be suffering from fibromyalgia, consult your doctor or health professional. They will run a variety of tests to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

There’s no cure….Yes you did read that correctly; there’s no cure, but…

I’ve lived with fibromyalgia for 15 years and found some times are really tough.

The single most upsetting factor for me has been other people’s perception of ‘living with fibromyalgia’. They almost always get it wrong. So, if you meet someone who has fibromyalgia, tread carefully. Don’t jump to conclusions about how they feel. Listen to them. After all they are living with it on a daily basis.

The positives are my symptoms are still there, but have improved greatly since I was first diagnosed.

I have been able to boost my general health through diet, exercise  and meditation .

This is a short post about symptoms, living with fibromyalgia is another story…

If you would like to read more about what helped me, follow my blog and have a look at my Fibromyalgia Self Help Pages.