How to keep that holiday feeling!

How to keep that holiday feeling!

I just had the pleasure of a holiday in Gran Canaria with my family. We were given the opportunity to stay in a five-star hotel by an incredibly generous friend and it was wonderful. (Thank you, dear friend).  Of course, there were the usual family holiday calamities, one son with a 24hr fever and sickness, another son with a sprained ankle and my husband giving himself a whiplash injury and misaligned vertebrae after being dared to ride the “Take-off” waterslide at the waterpark on our last day. Needless to say, he took off. Then he landed. He was in a lot of pain for over a week, bless him. Amazingly, for once, I was the one that stayed well and injury-free. It might have something to do with the fact that I barely left my sun lounger but hey, I was practising relaxing! Now that I am back home, I am practising hanging on to that lovely holiday feeling and it is challenging!
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So we had a lovely time (mostly) and had begun to sink into a more relaxed way of being after 10 days. It can take a while to slow down from the crazy pace of modern life but we were enjoying that process. Lots of sunbathing, swimming and a few glasses of Rosé definitely helped! Also, the little health setbacks meant that we couldn’t do many day trips and so were forced to just spend more time around the pool, and reading on the balcony which was no hardship!
 “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”           John Lubboc 
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Time to go home!

Here is how to know your holiday is over!

1) Mess up by only downloading 1 boarding card onto your phone the night before leaving.
2) Have the lady at the check-in desk (of a well-known budget Irish airline) insist on you removing 3 kg from your case despite the flight being less than half full. (How I love to open my case full of laundry and medicines for all the queue to see at 5.30am.)
3) Have the lady at the check-in desk put one case through but not the other as only one boarding pass on your phone.
4) Make sure your phone starts to get buggy and malfunction, and the airport wifi is chronically intermittent.
6) Start to panic as time is marching on.
7) Watch helplessly as three guys with surfboards to check-in are next in line.
8) Watch more time tick past as you frustratingly try to download the airline app the lady is insisting on you having.
9) Start feeling like crying as your children watch you getting more stressed and panicky.
10) Finally get to the front of the queue again to be told the gate is closing despite the fact you have been stood there for an hour trying to sort it out.
11) Scoot over to the main desk with teary wide-eyed children to plead with the irritated flight manager. Cue angry phone conversation in Spanish.
12) Run back to the check-in desk to finally receive boarding cards and sprint to the gate, as best you can with injured family members and stiff joints.
13) Breathlessly explain to the non-plussed, chilled and smiley gate attendant your 60-second version of events, to be told that the gate is still open and not to worry!! Grr!
14) Spend the first 60 mins of your flight deep breathing to normalise your adrenaline levels and calm the hell down.
15) Land back home with the sketchiest bumpiest touchdown ever!
16) Travel on 4 separate trains to get back home with kids, footballs and multiple bags in tow.
17) Send your husband off to the chiropractor and sit down with a cup of tea to open your mail.
18) Open the first letter to find out that you have been given 2 months notice to move out of your house …

Welcome Home!

Was it worth it?
Of course!
(After all, it wasn’t quite as stressful as the time we went to Portugal and our eldest son developed concussion two hours before we were due to leave for our return flight. Cue an ambulance ride, lots of explanations in bad Spanish from us, a crazy rushed drive to the airport, followed by us hurriedly cleaning vomit from the hire car at the last minute! But hey that’s a whole other story!)
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How to keep that holiday feeling!

So, I have decided to do the following to keep my holiday feeling going (despite everything!):

  • Get outside in the sun as often as possible, but also whatever the weather.
  • Be in nature, forests and by the sea often.
  • Eat outside when possible and make new exotic recipes.
  • Go swimming as often as possible. (We have a new Lido that has opened up near us that we can go and check out.)
  • Make Mocktails so that you are having fun drinks, but without the excess alcohol.
  • Stay away from too much telly and devices.
  • Keep reading more as it is very relaxing, enjoyable and creatively stimulating.
  • Go on some day trips to new places.
  • Get some of your best holiday photos printed and in frames so that you can enjoy the memories.
  • Do things each day that make you happy!

 

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Fatigue and Energy Management

Fatigue and Energy Management

Why is energy management important?

If like me, you are suffering from an Autoimmune condition(s), then you will most likely know all about the frustrations of limited energy. In this modern world where we all seem to be pushing ourselves to the limit and beyond, energy management is a great tool for everyone.
I often wake up in the morning feeling totally exhausted after a good eight hours sleep. It then affects everything else in the day. I have come to realise that energy management is really important. On a good day I get overexcited because I am feeling better. Then I try to do everything that I have had to put off in the previous days. This leads to more exhaustion as I have done too much and I then suffer increased fatigue again. This vicious cycle is really unhelpful and one that can be avoided with practice and awareness.

How is fatigue impacting sufferers of auto-immune disease?

Here are some of the major findings of a new online survey of autoimmune disease patients conducted by the American Autoimmune Disease Related Diseases Association (AARDA), to examine the connection between autoimmune disease and fatigue.
● Nine-in-10 (89 percent) say it is a “major issue” for them and six-in-10 (59 percent) say it is “probably the most debilitating symptom of having an Auto-immune disease.”
● Three-quarters (75 percent) say their fatigue has impacted their ability to work; nearly four-in-10 (37 percent) say they are in financial distress because of it; one-in-five (21 percent) say it has caused them to lose their jobs; while the same number (21 percent) report they have filed for disability as a result of their fatigue.
● Fatigue impacts nearly every aspect of AD patients’ lives including overall quality of life (89 percent), career/ability to work (78 percent), romantic (78 percent), family (74 percent) and professional relationships (65 percent) and their self esteem (69 percent), among others.
“In this busy, busy world, it’s normal to be tired, but the kind of fatigue autoimmune disease patients suffer from is anything but normal,” said Virginia T. Ladd, President and Executive Director of AARDA.

Time and energy management:

Time management is, of course, a sensible and helpful practice. It can be incredibly useful for a busy person to see where they are wasting time and work out how to use it more effectively. The problem is that time is finite and comparatively irrelevant if you don’t have the energy to do anything in that time. This is where energy management comes in. If we can track the ups and downs of our day then we can start to see some correlations between the time of day and the energy available. This makes it possible to then plan our day around these peaks and troughs which will help conserve energy and avoid over-exertion.
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So what can you do to manage your energy?

I consider this to be divided into three areas: Building energy, Storing energy and Using it wisely.

 

Building energy stores:

If you are suffering from chronic illness I suggest the following ideas. However, it depends of course on your condition and situation as to what are the most helpful tips to implement.
Physical:
  • Rest as much as possible: see my post on resting well for tips.
  • Healthy diet: (Follow a protocol that will be most suitable for maximising your energy production. eg. AIP, Wahls, GAPS, Paleo, Paddisons etc. It is important to get professional help with this decision.)
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar as this can lead to crashes in energy.
  • Make sure you are well hydrated with good quality water.
  • Gentle exercise:  if your condition allows it can help boost energy levels.
  • Deep breathing: making sure that you are breathing to full capacity so that you receive the maximum amount of oxygen.
  • Energy Medicine Routine: follow a video of the energy routine here.
Emotional:
  • Practicing gratitude: try writing a list of gratitudes in a journal each day.
  • Practicing forgiveness: Read my post on forgiveness for help with this.
  • Energy practices to help release dense energy eg. EFT, Emotion Code, Theta Healing etc.
Mental: 
  • Letting go of stress and tension and accepting what is: see my post on surrender.
  • Meditation: Even 10 minutes a day will allow for a “reset” of your system Headspace
  • Avoid disturbing programmes/ films that have a negative affect on you.
Spiritual:
  • Follow your heart and do what you love or you will be running yourself into the ground.
  • Make a list of activities that feed your soul and leave you feeling energised. Try to do one every day.
 

Storing energy:

  • Get some help if you have anxiety issues as that type of nervous energy is very draining.
  • Follow The Four Agreements and you will avoid needless over-thinking and rumination on past actions which decreases energy.
  • Rest some more!!

Using energy wisely:

  • Pacing your activity so that you don’t overdo it on a good day. (This ME Diary app is helpful for anyone with chronic illness)
  • Track when you have most clarity in the day and scheduling your most mentally demanding tasks for that time. (Free tracking printable below).
  • Track when you have energy highs and lows over a week so that you can plan accordingly.  (Free tracking printable below).
  • Track your sleep patterns so that you see the connection between amount of sleep and energy the next day.
  • Also for women it is very important to reduce energy usage around the time of menstruation. Doing too much at this time just adds to fatigue and PMS symptoms.
  • Use a planner or Bullet journal to plan and prioritise your days wisely.
  • In the same way as we have cycles of sleep we also have daytime circadian cycles of 90mins. So it is important to schedule breaks in any period of work or activity. Ideally for 20/ 30 minutes every 90 minutes.
  • Focus rather than multi-task so that you are using your energy in an optimal way.
  • Rest ..again!

 “I’m not lazy, I’m on energy saving mode”

I hope that these tips will help you create, conserve and allocate your precious energy. If you only have limited resources it is well advised to be smart with your use of them.

Please do download my energy tracker and planner below.

Once you have tracked your energy levels for a couple of weeks, plan out your day using the energy management planner to maximise your high points and honour your low points.

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