"Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it."
tips that helped me and hopefully you.
Recently we've had a bit of a bumpy road, January blues have been an understatement this 2017, I just didn't realise it was going to be February too. However we are getting back on track and looking forward to well being, healthy, happy mindfulness.
One of the biggest problems I had to deal with this year is my confidence and being mindful. I started to get panic attacks every time I left the house or every time I changed a bag or went to work or any normal day to day activity in fact. I personally have no idea where all of this triggered or started and my husband and I aren't trying for babies, But yes we did fall pregnant and we did start to come around to that idea. I lost this however, and yes it was sad, but if I'm 100% honest it was also a relief. But this also doesn't change the fact maybe my body and mind weren't ready for it all just yet either, Our bodies take on so much, they fight for us they keep us safe. They protect all the little parts we have to work and function properly, but like any machine they can break or at least just go a little slower than normal. So maybe that's where all these panic attacks started from or maybe it was just me needing to catch up with life. This may sound like a pointless story.... but here's where it gets interesting, I started getting a rash from my bags, almost like I had a reaction.. I never had problems with it, and all of a sudden I'm getting ulcers and rashes around my stoma output where the bags stick. My stool from my little friend was watery and smellier than normal and really quite sore when it emptied out too. I felt sick and dizzy and no matter how much I ate or drank It would still happen. I felt as though I was back tracking to the times I didn't have an ileostomy. I suppose my point is, It's so so important to stay positive and happy even in the darkest of situations. Stress is a leading factor in most problems we experience with our body. So with the help of my family and friends I was able to get back on track. There positive outlook helped me see clearer and Yoga has helped me so much too, 3 afternoons a week I will take the time to do 30 minutes of yoga to stay calm and mindful of everything around me. Because a healthy life is so important. I make sure I eat at least 5 pieces of fruit a day, which was once my enemy is now what makes my stoma function actively and perfect. Swimming a few times a week has been remarkable and making exercise fun with my husband some evenings in the week not only gives us more bonding time (and laughter when we can't do something very well) but it keeps us healthy instead of turning to the T.V straight after work. Staying active and calm is so unbelievably important. So if you ever have a hard week with stress and it affects you here's a few tips that really helped me. Stay happy ladies and gents. :)
* eat healthy
* read a book
* write a journal
* get creative
* find a hobby
"Love your Scars, love your body, It fight's to make you better everyday"