How To Feel Better After An Anxiety Attack

We all feel a bit stressed out or anxious at certain points in our life. For some people though, anxiety can be a part of their everyday life and it is so consuming and scary to live with. I’ve spoken in the past about my experience with anxiety and how I deal with it on a daily basis but today, I want to highlight the things that I do which help bring me back into the moment following on from an anxiety/panic attack. Panic Attacks are terrifying when they happen. They are mentally and physically draining and can really take a toll on your body. Each attack can be completely different and new from the last one which makes it all the harder to deal with. It is so difficult to come out of that feeling and back into the moment. Even once the panic subsides, something just feels off and it can take a while to return to a calm, “normal” state. You’re going to feel crappy for a while after but there are ways you can help yourself to feel better.

Breathe.

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A panic attack can affect your breathing so much and so it can be helpful to focus on taking deep breaths, in and out post-attack. This will help return your body to a state of ease. It helps me to focus on taking a really deep breath and then exhaling slowly.

Drink Water.

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If like me, you get upset and teary during a panic attack, rehydrating your body is so important and will help you to feel a bit better. This can also help to make your head feel a little less fuzzy.

Talk to Someone.

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This is especially important if you are alone during your state of panic. I understand that the idea of sharing your thoughts may make you feel even more anxious but even texting a friend or family member and letting them know you’re not feeling great and need a helping hand can be enough. You don’t even need to discuss the anxiety, it can be a great tool of distraction and hearing someone’s voice can be enough to bring you back into the moment and feel less alone. During one of my recent panic attacks, I reached out to a friend for help and I am so glad and grateful that I did as I was able to come out of it so much quicker. It was the best thing I could’ve done at the time.

Cuddle.

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This is one of the best things to do post panic attack as feeling someone’s arms around you and just letting yourself be held can do a world of good. It can make you feel safe, comforted and less alone. If you are on your own, cuddle your pet or even a soft, cuddly toy. Cuddling into my cat when I feel anxious or have just come out of a panic attack is so incredibly wonderful at bringing me back into the moment. My fiance also gives the best cuddles and can make me feel a million times better.

Distraction.

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A good way to rid yourself of the anxious thoughts or feelings is to distract yourself from them. Put on some music, meditate, colour in, read, watch Netflix, go for a walk…just find something you enjoy and focus your energy and time on that. I often like to play a game on my phone or get lost in a book.

Sleep/Rest.

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Most likely, following a panic attack you are going to be feeling pretty exhausted. It really does take a lot out of you. You may feel a little sore if you have been tensing your muscles so take time to rest, have a nap. Make yourself a blanket fort, take a big bubble bath or stay on the couch/your bed for the rest of the day. Just look after yourself, relax and let your body and mind heal.

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Most importantly, you are going to be okay. There is nothing wrong with you so don’t beat yourself up. Use this as an excuse to spoil yourself and take time to focus on healing your mind. You can do anything you put your mind to. You are not your anxiety. And you are most definitely not alone.

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I hope that this post helps you to feel a little better after an anxiety attack and if you have any specific ways of dealing with anxiety or panic attacks, please leave a comment below ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

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MY HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, New year and hopefully a break from work.

2017 was a pretty good year for me. I made some new friends,  rekindled old friendships, had some adventures and spent lots of time with my family. These are the highlights of my year but of course there were some not so great days too but for now I wanted to focus on the best bits and move forward.

JANUARY-MARCH

I had a great 22nd birthday in February, spent with family.

In March, Connor and I went away for a couple of days which was a gift from my dad and step-mum. It was so lovely to have time to relax and we visited a fairy trail in the woods. It was honestly magical!

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I went to Country 2 Country with my mum and sister at the end of March and it was so good. The artists we seen were Brad Paisley, Chris Young, CAM and Jennifer Nettles. I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E.

APRIL-JUNE

My uncle was getting married at the end of April and I celebrated with family at Cheryl’s hen night. It was a great night filled with lots of laughs.

My Uncle Graeme and Cheryl got married at the end of April and it was an amazing day. It was incredible to spend a full 3 weeks with my family from Australia and just be in the moment at all times. Spending time with family is honestly so precious and I think you appreciate it more when you’ve been apart from them for a while.

To finish off the month of April I saw Shawn Mendes live. It was an insane night…we were so close to the stage and he put on the most amazing show. I wish I could do it all over again!

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Also in April, a few friends and I went to the escape rooms and took part in the Bank Heist room. It was so much fun and completely different than anything I’ve ever done before. It was a great team building exercise. As the name suggests, you have to complete different puzzles to escape the room. It was difficult but so exciting. Honestly try it!

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At the start of May, I got my hair all chopped off into a long bob. This was something I had been edging towards for a while and finally took the plunge. Just in time for my holiday abroad…

We went to Tenerife for our holiday and it was the best week ever. The apartments we stayed at were awesome and we had the most relaxing time which was just what I needed! You can check out my holiday diary to find out more of what we got up to!

JULY-SEPTEMBER

Connor and I took part in the Crohn’s and Colitis UK 5k WalkIt at the start of July to help raise awareness and funds for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It was a massive turnout and such a rewarding day. We also visited the cat cafe which was so relaxing (very much needed after walking a 5K!)

I took a week off of work in July and spent lots of time with family. We took a trip to Arran for the day and it was lovely. We went to a museum, spent time at the beach, eating good food and just exploring the island.


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At the end of July, a couple of the girls from my work were leaving so we had a great night celebrating and having so much fun.

Connor’s cousin got married at the end of July and it was a brilliant day spent with family.

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In August, I got my hair cut again. Even shorter this time!

We celebrated my stepdad’s 40th birthday in September…a great night!

OCTOBER-DECEMBER

I went to see Lady Antebellum in October with my mum and a couple of her friends. They were incredible and it was an amazing night. I had wanted to see them live again after seeing them the previous year at country 2 country. Supporting hem were Kelsea Ballerini (one of my favourites) and Brett Young.IMG_0100I got to spend a lovely day with my two besties after not seeing them for a few months and it was SO good!

For Halloween, we dressed up as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. It was also my wee brother’s birthday and we had a party for him. I created Connor’s hat and his costume was DIY. I added a few DIY bits to my Alice costume too. It was great fun!

A big thing that happened in October was that we started visited wedding venues. We visited one that we had already seen and had fallen in love with. However after seeing it again, we realised it was way out of our budget. We then visited another one and it felt so right and was such a great deal. It was hard to make a decision though as we still loved the first venue!

In November, we went to Illuminight-a local park had created a light and fire show. It was such a cool experience and so stunning! They also had some fair rides, nutella stands, water shows and smores. AMAZING!

We went back to the second venue we had visited and booked a date! The venue is incredible. They have a complete wedding package which covers all you need. I am so excited that we finally have a date! We are getting married on the 11th July 2020!

I went out for a Christmas night out with the work girls to the escape rooms and this time took part in the Dark Room which was insane and so hilarious! We also had a night out at the end of the term which was a great laugh.

We went to the Beauty and The Beast Panto at the start of December. You can’t beat a christmas panto!

CHRISTMAS!! Christmas this year was fab, although I was a bit ill. It was a great day filled with fun, family and great food.

New Year’s Eve was spent with a few friends, having a quiet chilled night with some games.

Of course, my little furry friend has been there through it all. My baby Tiqer. So grateful for this wee cat, he makes everything great!

Health-wise, I have been doing not bad this year and have had no major flare-ups which is great. Fingers-crossed it stays that way for a while! I’m very grateful to everyone in my life for making 2017 a great year.

I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings (mostly saving for the wedding I imagine haha!) and I hope you all have the most wonderful year!

As always, thanks for reading and supporting my wee corner of the internet. What was your main highlight of 2017?

Love and light,

Rebecca xo

My Story: Life with a Chronic Illness

I wanted to raise some more awareness of IBD as this week is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week so as I was planning some posts to write, I began looking back through my previous blog posts about IBD and realised that I haven’t actually went into a great deal of detail about my actual story and how I came to be diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Let’s flashback to 2013 where it all began… (it’s a long un’ so be prepared!)

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

I remember feeling quite stressed before New Year and began feeling unwell after the Christmas/New Year period. I started experiencing some symptoms such as severe abdominal pains, extreme tiredness, bleeding when I went to the toilet, increased bowel movements, losing weight and feeling weak/unwell in general. This went on for about a month or so and I kept seeing blood when I went to the toilet. This was extremely scary but I thought it would just go away on it’s own and didn’t really connect the other symptoms to this. I was too embarrassed to mention it to anyone, but my mum and boyfriend could tell something wasn’t right with me.

However, it took me a few weeks before I spoke out about these symptoms. I was visiting family with my boyfriend, Connor and that day I felt worse than I ever had. When we left, I told my boyfriend what had been happening and he urged me to go to the doctors. I booked an appointment for a couple of days later and I had to get tests and bloods taken. The tests weren’t the most pleasant and I felt so anxious during the whole appointment. It was decided I needed to be referred to the hospital to get a colonoscopy to check out my bowels properly as the GP could tell something wasn’t right but wanted me to have a full check up. I remember going home and looking up what a colonoscopy was. The thought of having to get a camera put inside me was really scary!

MAY 2013

I had to wait a few months for my appointment and I got my prep in the post. The prep for a colonoscopy is probably worse than the actual procedure. It’s a horrible powder that you have to mix into water and drink every couple of hours. You aren’t allowed to eat for 24 hours as the aim is to clear out your bowels so they can get a good view/reading with the camera. This was extremely difficult and I felt close to tears every time I had to make up another dose.

My mum took me to the hospital for my appointment but the doctor told her to go home and come back in a couple of hours after the procedure as she wouldn’t be able to come in with me. I got taken into the ward and got given a hospital gown to wear. I had to get sedated which made me feel so strange, I felt so out of it. The procedure wasn’t as bad as I had expected and I even watched the camera move through my insides on the screen. It was a bit uncomfortable but not too painful. Afterwards, I had some cramps and abdominal pains and felt exhausted. I then had to stay in for about an hour until I came around from the sedation. I was given a drink and a sandwich which was amazing as I was SO hungry! My mum and Connor came to pick me up and took me home. I tried to eat dinner but felt horrible so had to go to bed for the rest of the day.

When I finally got my follow up appointment after a gruelling wait, I was anxious to hear my results. When I was told I had Ulcerative Colitis and that this was incurable, I felt numb.

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JUNE 2013 

Still trying to get over the initial shock of being diagnosed with an illness I had never heard of, the next few weeks passed in a bit of a blur. I had begun taking my medication and although it helped lessen the symptoms, I was still bleeding quite a bit. I went on holiday with my friends to London which was incredible, yet difficult at the same time. I was struggling with an internal battle of wanting to join in with the exciting things my friends were doing and feeling exhausted a lot of the time. During this trip, Connor proposed and of course I said yes! This was probably the first time in months that I felt genuinely happy and positive about life.

JULY-AUGUST 2013

I was now trying to live my life as normally as I could. I was about to start college, I was working part time and Connor and I began talking about moving in together. Looking back, I can see that although these were exciting events that I was really happy about, they were also stressful and I think this took a toll on my body and my health began to deteriorate again.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2013

Connor and I moved into our wee flat together at the start of September and college began for both of us. I was doing okay for a little while but things took a turn for the worse in October. We were decorating our bedroom and so we had moved the mattress for our bed into the living room. I kept getting severe pains and felt so exhausted that I could hardly do anything but lie down. One morning, I woke up and I felt so sick. I was then sick constantly for a day or two and at first I thought it was a sickness bug, little did I know this was a bad flare up of my UC! The stomach pains I experienced were agonising and I was constantly going to the toilet. I had to take a lot of time off work and college and it got so bad that I phoned NHS 24. They arranged an appointment for me with the on-call doctor who prescribed me Imodium to settle my stomach. The label said “Do not take if you have Ulcerative Colitis” but I assumed the doctor knew what was best and so I took them.

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Later on that night, I was being really violently sick and in agonising pain. I phoned my mum and while on the phone, I passed out. Next thing I knew, I was being led down the stairs and into an ambulance. When we got to the hospital, I was given anti-sickness medication but I took a bad reaction to it and my heart went into overdrive and I couldn’t breathe properly. I don’t remember much else from that night apart from getting an x-ray on my stomach. I had to be kept in the hospital for 5 days to get injections, bloods taken, 3 blood infusions as I was severely anaemic and my red blood cell count was really low. I received another colonoscopy and had to be kept on fluids as I was very dehydrated. The only things that kept me going were visits from my family and Connor and the kind messages from my friends.

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2014-2016

I won’t go into too much detail of these years but I have had a couple of flare ups and hospital admissions within that time (but nothing as bad as the first big flare) and tried countless different medications. I have tried altering my diet a few times but that doesn’t seem to help greatly. My weight has yo-yo’d a few times due to going between flare ups and then taking steroids.

I joined the ‘GetYourBellyOut’ support group on Facebook which helped me so much and got my story published in a book written by a fellow IBD sufferer (you can check it out here). I had to leave my previous job as I was so ill and really struggled with the workload. I took a few months out to focus on my health and then at the end of 2014, I began my modern apprenticeship in childcare. I started working in a nursery full time but I’ve since had to reduce my hours at work to part-time due to my fatigue being so bad.

I got my IBD tattoo in 2015 in May as a way for me to be reminded to always have hope and strength throughout any struggles with this disease. Any time I look at my wrist, I am always reminded of how far I have come.

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Right now though, I am doing good. I still have pains almost every day and some days are worse than others but I am classed as being in “remission”. I still take medications daily but haven’t had a flare up in over 2 years. I am much more equipped to deal with my symptoms now and have been working on ways to control my stress and anxiety. I go for checkups to my GP regularly and have medication at home to help the start of a flare and catch it before it worsens. I have a yearly appointment with my Gastroenterologist. Earlier this year, Connor and I took part in the Crohn’s and Colitis UK 5K WalkIt to fund raise for IBD and it was incredible. I want to do more like this to help raise awareness.

 

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I am so grateful to Connor, my family, friends and all the people who support me and have helped me through these tough times. Thank you all so much ❤

I have written many blog posts you can check out if you want to know more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

“Storms don’t last forever.”

Thanks for reading ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

8 pieces of advice for anyone suffering with Inflammatory bowel disease

 

I am Rebecca, I’m 22 years old and was diagnosed in May 2013 with Ulcerative Colitis. 

Ulcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There are two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, those being Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Crohns Disease can affect the digestive tract from the mouth to the rectum whereas with Ulcerative colitis, it it usually the colon that is inflamed.

Although the symptoms are very much physical, a lot of people forget (including doctors) about how this can affect your emotional and mental well-being.

With IBD, no one can see what is going on with you as it is all happening inside your body. This is what makes it so difficult for people to understand just how ill you can be as when you have IBD, mostly you don’t look ill.

There can be days where I am in so much pain and so fatigued, yet you wouldn’t know it to look at me.

No two IBD journeys are the same, so what works for one person might not for another. Life would be boring if we were all the same!

I know from speaking to people with IBD that it can be lonely and isolating, especially if you are having to go to the toilet 10 times a day.

It can be frustrating and depressing and most of the time you wish you were normal and you curse your disease.

I want you to know though, that it is not all doom and gloom. There are periods of remission, where you feel good and things get better. It is all about being grateful for those good times and appreciating what you have.

I feel that having IBD has changed me as a person, I am stronger and I try not to take things for granted. I am not perfect and still have the days (sometimes weeks) where I get angry and I hate my body, but I have this disease for life so I need to make the most of it and live every day to the fullest.

These are the 8 pieces of advice that I can offer to those living with IBD, having learned them from my own experiences:

1. There will be days when you can’t get out of bed. That’s okay. Rest as much as you can.

2. Don’t take your health for granted

3. Make the most of the good days

4. Love yourself during the bad ones

5. You are stronger than you think

6. Don’t push yourself too much

7. Don’t be afraid of speaking out about your symptoms

8. Not everyone will understand your struggle, don’t worry about them

To anyone who is suffering from any kind of digestive issue, I urge you please don’t wait to be seen by a doctor. They will be able to help and put you on the right path to recovery.

Thank you for reading and please just keep in mind that illnesses/disabilities are not always visible. Be mindful of people’s feelings and remember that everyone has their own struggles.

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Working with Children

I’ve worked with children for nearly three years now and every day I am thankful that I chose this career. I trained to be a early years practitioner through a modern apprenticeship. I have always wanted to work with children but was unsure of what path to take. This was the best decision I could’ve made as it gave me time to be hands-on in the nursery, learning, while essentially working a full time job. The amount I have learned and continue to learn every day is astonishing. It is such a rewarding job, knowing that I am part of helping shape these children into the people they are going to become. I wanted to share with you a few of the lessons that I have learned from working with children as I feel that although I am teaching them every day, I get so much more back from them.

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1. Life isn’t as complicated as we like to think it is. Children see things so simply and when one thing happens, they quickly move on to the next. They could be absolutely devastated that their mum has left them to go to work but within 5 minutes they are off exploring the play-dough without a care in the world. I tend to take life a bit too serious at times and get myself worked up over the little things. I’ve learned that it’s okay to get upset as long as I pick myself up and move forward.

2. Laughter is the best medicine. Children have this amazing ability to laugh at the most random of things. One day we were sitting having toast and one child bursts out laughing. I have no idea what about but that sets the rest of the kids off and that then sets me off. So there we are just sitting having a full-blown laugh attack over nothing. Whenever I think of this, it reminds me how important it is to see the funny side to life.

3. Forgiveness is important. I see so many struggles over toys daily and it usually ends up in one child having a complete meltdown because that’s their toy and “he stole it” but once the issue has been resolved, they go back to playing together as if nothing was amiss. If only it was this simple for us adults! So many of us hold grudges about things for far too long and let the resentment bubble up inside us. We need to be like children and let things go.

4. Tell the truth. I love how blunt children are. They just tell you like it is and aren’t afraid to do so. So often, we hide our feelings or thoughts in case we upset someone. Yes, be respectful but don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

5. Love holds no limits. Children are capable of giving so much love. They are so accepting of others and love unconditionally. When I first started working in the nursery, the kids accepted me right away, giving me pictures and hugs and made me feel so welcomed and loved. This is an important lesson to take in as we are so quick to judge others. We need to be more like wee Jimmy and accept people as they are.

I am lucky to be able to spend so much time learning from children. I’d love to know if you have any lessons of your own that you have learned from children. Leave a comment and let me know 🙂

Thanks for reading ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

 

Living In The Moment

 

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Last night I went to see Lady Antebellum in concert. It was an incredible night and looking around me at all the people in the arena singing their hearts out, I was overcome with awe, gratitude and sadness. Awe at the way music brings people together, gratitude to be there in that moment and sadness for what happened in Vegas last weekend. It was a country gig and so it hit me even harder that the people in that area last weekend would’ve been feeling the same way- full of joy and happiness before the horror hit. It’s so difficult to understand why things like this happen in the world and to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to.
We take so much for granted every day in our lives and I know that I fall prey to letting little things get to me which is okay, but it’s so important that we move quickly on from that and be thankful for what we have. I often forget to just live in the moment. I’m always worrying about something that happened yesterday or what’s to come in the week ahead. But this moment right here is all that we can control. We can control our emotions, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes all it takes is a deep breath to bring you back to the present moment.

So today, I urge you to live in the moment and be grateful. As harrowing as it sounds, we never know when it will be our last or what tomorrow will bring. This can be a scary thought, but it’s so true. Stop being afraid to be you and live your life to the fullest. Say that thing that’s been on your mind, go chase that dream, take those chances you’ve been afraid of, love til you feel like you’re going to burst, let the emotions consume you and then pick yourself back up again.

You have one life, how are you going to choose to spend it?

Love, light and prayers for those affected by recent tragic events💗

Rebecca xxx

The Importance of Self-Care to Mental Health: DIY Self-Care Box

Self-Care.

Self-Care means taking care of every single part of you; body, mind and spirit. I see so many people talking about how they take care of their body by fuelling it with healthy foods and exercise and, yes this is very important but what about the mind? Your mental state is so so important to how you function daily, yet it is often pushed to the back burner as we rush through our days, pushing and pushing to get to the next task.

I have shared my experience with mental health before and I wanted to update you that I am now no longer taking anti-depressants for my anxiety. This was a hard decision to make as I was terrified that my symptoms were going to come back full force if I stopped the medication but I also felt that I would be able to cope without them. I gradually reduced the dosage over a few weeks after coming back from holiday. In hindsight, this was probably not the best time for me to come off them as I had a bad case of the ‘holiday blues’. However, I am so glad that I did it and I think that if I left it any longer, I would’ve been more reluctant to stop them. It hasn’t been plain-sailing due to some horrible side effects and withdrawal symptoms for the first couple weeks but it’s now a couple of months on and I feel better.

Recently though, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts. I can’t really put my finger on what feels wrong, I just don’t feel exactly like me some days. Just…distant. Like I’m going through the motions of my day without really being present. It’s a strange feeling and most days it comes and goes.

To help myself feel better, a few weeks ago I created a Self-Care box filled with inspirational quotes, books, messages etc to pick myself up. This was not only for me, but for my fiance who was having a bit of a rough time. I wanted there to be something we could both go to when we needed a helping hand. Any time I’ve been feeling a bit distant or sad, I go to this box and pick out a card or quote or read a page from the book inside and it lifts my spirits. Not in a massive way, but just enough.

I want to share this with you today in case you are feeling down and need a pick me up or you have a friend or family member who is struggling with their mental health and you want to show them you care.

What You’ll Need:

  • A box/bag of any size
  • paper
  • pens
  • pictures/cards/postcards
  • inspirational quotes (handwritten/printed)
  • cellotape
  • scissors
  • books
  • paperclips (optional)
  • trinkets
  • anything that makes you/the person smile

Where To Find Resources:

To start I used this box that I was gifted by my grandparents. It’s so pretty and perfect for this with all the little quotes. You can use any box and use wrapping paper or decorate it to look how you want. I wrote a little note and stuck it on the top of the box. You can customise this however you like to make it more personal.

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I decorated the inside of the box with a couple of cute quotes.

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I filled the inside of the box with a variety of cards, quotes, messages and cute little trinkets.

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I hope you like this and if any of you make your own Self-Care box, please send me some pictures- I’d love to see your own personalised creations!

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

Walking for IBD

We did it!

The Crohn’s and Colitis UK #WalkIt went so well and it was such an incredible day. The sun was shining and the spirits were high. When we first got to Edinburgh, we noticed the bright purple tent through the trees and when we arrived to the area, it was like a sea of purple! It was so amazing to see how many people were there to support and raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There were lots of different stalls providing food, information and support. There was also an inflatable bowel which was awesome and had information throughout all about Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

To start off the walk, there were amazing dancers and live music for entertainment. It was a fantastic atmosphere that got everyone excited. During the walk, it was so lovely to have people coming up and asking what we were walking for and what IBD was. It felt so good raising awareness and being able to spread the word around the city of what IBD is and why awareness is needed. We took the wrong route and ended up doing almost 6K instead of 5K (oops!)

At the end of the walk, I felt really emotional that I had done it. I’m so glad that I felt well enough and had enough energy to go through with it. It was a bit overwhelming (in a good way) that so much effort was put into the day to raise awareness of these diseases that are so often misunderstood or unknown. We met some lovely people and it was nice to hear others stories of why they were there and their experience with IBD. I was so grateful for Connor being there with me. He is my biggest supporter and I am so thankful to have this wonderful partner who cares so much (sorry for the cheese!)

 

After the walk, we went for a Nando’s date which was so delicious! And then explored the shops around Edinburgh. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the cat cafe, Maison de Moggy. It was the best way to chill after the excitement of the morning.

 

 

Overall, the day was so incredible and I am so glad that we took part in the 5K. I am so grateful to everyone who donated and sponsored us as we have raised £240 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Thank you so much! I am hoping to fundraise more for CCUK in the future and I will keep you all updated.

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

Raising Awareness of IBD and What You Can Do To Help

Raising Awareness of IBDHey everyone,

I just wanted to check in and say I am so grateful for all of the donations/ sponsors so far (if you missed my last post, I am taking part in a 5K walk to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK) and it makes me so emotional to think how much support I have behind me. The money raised for Crohn’s and Colitis UK could help fund research for treatment and even a cure someday. Funds can help provide information and advice for over 1,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease which is just incredible.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK Website

This charity was the first place I turned to when I was diagnosed. There are so many useful resources on there such as their Crohn’s and Colitis Companion which is an interactive resource that gives users information or advice on things like their symptoms, treatment options and how to live with IBD. This is really easy to use and so helpful for people who have just newly been diagnosed or anyone who needs a little support. There are over 40 leaflets and booklets available to download covering everything from financial aid to the symptoms of both conditions. It is so important to raise funds and donate as they use the money for incredible things like determining causes of IBD and the newest treatments. Recently £700,000 has been awarded for the research into new treatments and improved care for patients.

#WALKIT

#WalkIt is happening all around the UK. There is a 5K or a 10K that you can do or volunteer at. I am so excited to take part in the walk and to meet others with IBD. I think it is so amazing that we will all come together to support this amazing charity and each other. It is important to keep raising awareness of these conditions, being invisible illnesses, they can be so damaging to someones body, but at the same time give the appearance of being ‘well’.

It is amazing that more people are becoming aware and more understanding of chronic/invisible illnesses but there is still a long way to go.

The most important thing that anyone can do is to have compassion for others. We all have something going on in our lives, you never know what people are going through. Their lives may look perfect on social media but a smile and a filter can hide a lot. Every single person has their own struggles and it is important to keep that in mind every single day.

An Update on My Ulcerative Colitis

I am doing great at the moment; I haven’t had a flare in around 2 years. However that doesn’t mean that I feel healthy and fab every single day. There are still good days and bad days but my bad days are better now than the ones I used to have. The symptoms I’ve been having recently are some stomach cramps/pains (these tend not to come to anything and usually decrease) and fatigue. Fatigue is what I struggle with the most and it can be there even on the good days. I usually help this by resting as much as I can and trying to reduce my stress, although I fight a losing battle most of the time.

It can be hard some days to not let it get me down but I just have to pick myself up and keep moving forward. This is my life now and my UC isn’t going to stop me from living it to the fullest.

How You Can Help

You can help raise awareness of IBD by joining in the #WalkIt, donating or even just sharing this blog post. If you or your loved one has IBD, becoming more comfortable with the symptoms makes it easier to talk to others about them and thus raise awareness. The more we talk, the more recognised and accepted these conditons will become. I waited longer than I should have to get medical help as I was too embarrassed to tell my family. It is okay to talk about your bowel habits, every one has them! It’s normal and we need to get over the taboo of talking about poo.

Thanks for reading ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xxx

Fundraising for CrohnsColitis UK- 5K #WalkIt

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Myself and my fiance, Connor are going to be taking part in the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Walk It (5K) in Edinburgh in July. As most of you know, I myself have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and so I am taking part to raise awareness for this illness and raise funds to help support the charity. Funds raised will go to Crohns and Colitis UK and this can help with providing support for those with IBD and also help the investigation into looking for a cure. This is a charity very close to my heart and I can’t wait to help raise awareness! If you could, please donate to my Just Giving page (I would be so grateful!)

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebecca-crawford4

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Here is the information on #WalkIt if you are interested: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/walk-it

The money raised goes to Crohns and Colitis Uk and “This could help pay for 2,000 people to get the information they need about Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”

Thank you for reading and if you do donate or even share this post, I love you and am so very grateful for the support ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xxx