~ COLLABORATIVE POST ~ Living A Normal Life With A Health Condition

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  • Saturday, 29 June 2019

At one time or another in our lifetime, we will all get some kind of health condition. In fact, at least 1 in 3 of us will suffer from some kind of mental health condition at least once in our lives. That’s a staggering number when you think about it as mental health is not something we even think about being widespread. It's always been looked at as a minority concern. At least 1 in 2 of us will get cancer. That’s an even more frightening statistic because cancer is one of the highest killers in the world. Even with modern medicine, we still don’t have a high chance of making a full recovery. Then the lesser but albeit common conditions affect us as well. Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions around the world, and despite many different treatments there still isn’t a cure. So whether it's anxiety, diabetes or chronic joint pain, how can we all live the most normal lives possible with a health condition? There are certain things you need to do to prepare your life to go on without any hiccups.

Control your stash

If you are someone with a skin condition, you’ll know that you have to keep a steady count of how many treatments you have in stock. For example, if you have eczema or psoriasis you’ll be using your creams and ointments as well as pills, everyday. This means that you have to keep track of how much you have left and also make sure you don’t run out. A skin condition can quickly spiral out of control when you don’t use it everyday or as commonly as prescribed. This can make the condition even worse. For example, when you have eczema you cannot do normal things like take a bath with soap. Your sweat also acts like a cause of itching, making your already battered skin worse. So, you need to have a constant supply of creams and other treatments so you can live your life normally.

So it pays well to have a controlled flow of your prescriptions coming in at regular intervals. Using the Simple Online Pharmacy, you can book your prescriptions online and the service will organize everything else. They will put in a request with your local GP, they will also then arrange a time and date for when they deliver the medicines to your door. This delivery is completely free of charge as well. On average it will take up to one week to get a repeat prescription. You’ll have to either arrive at the doctor’s surgery early in the morning before the queue gets too long that waiting in it, would cause you to be late for work. Then you need to give the time to the surgery to get the doctor’s signature on your request and then finally be made ready to collect by the pharmacy. This service just saves you time and the headache of late or mixed up orders.

Avoid what you should

When you have a health condition, life is no longer the same. That is, your life is no longer the same as everyone else’s. If you have diabetes, you can’t enjoy certain occasions that you are your friends are having. For example it could be that you’re at a birthday party and the cake is very rich. You won’t be able to eat that cake because it would cause you great harm. But it can be very awkward when you’re the only one in the group who isn’t eating the cake. Everyone else around you is sharing their views on it but you’re inadvertently the odd one out. It can make you feel like you’re the ugly duckling. Alas, you have to adjust your lifestyle and avoid the things you know you should. If they are really your friends, they will understand and not make various social situations like this embarrassing for you. 

If you have some kind of chronic migraine condition that is triggered by loud noises and lasts for days, then you probably shouldn’t be going to sporting events, music concerts and other loud events. It's just how you have to live life from now on, you can’t do things other people and thus you must not put yourself in vulnerable positions that could make your condition worse. If you are suffering from social anxiety then try not to put yourself in positions whereby you know you won’t be doing well. Avoid public transport, perhaps don’t go to clubs and bars and instead enjoy the company of friends over at your house instead. There are various ways to cope with your conditions but you have to plan ahead and make those measures a part of your normal lifestyle.

The more they know

Having a visible health condition is quite annoying for many reasons. For one you might feel self-conscious about how you look. It's easy to think that people around you are judging you and become paranoid at every little thing. The other reason is that people who you don’t know and have never met, might ask you questions. Although yes it's generally considered rude for some stranger to pry into your health condition and ask you what could be deemed personal questions, most of the time they’re doing so out of curiosity. When you meet someone new for the first time, if you have a respiratory condition whereby you need an oxygen tank with you at all times, they might ask you questions about it. Maybe it's to break the ice or for some other reason.

Try to inform and educate those that are inquisitive. It can break the fourth wall and help them to understand what it is you’re going through. Sometimes even your friends and partner might want to know more about you. Although it can feel like you’re a guinea pig, the more they know about it the most they might be able to help and support you. You’re going to have to answer the same generic questions over and over but this is because most people don’t know about your condition. On the other hand you might meet someone who does. They could have a relative with the same health condition and give you advice that could be very helpful. The more they know, the more you can feel like a regular person. 

The life as you know it before you were diagnosed with your particular health condition is no more. You have to adapt and change your lifestyle to suit your needs and be as comfortable as possible. Make sure you have a continued supply of the medicines you need to not be in great discomfort, stress and pain. You can sign up to a prescription service which does everything for you when you need to restock. Always be about a month ahead of running out of what you need. Most people are just curious of abnormalities and even though they might stare, try your best to continue on and live life normally. Try not to care what other people are thinking about your visible condition. If someone does ask you about it, you can educate them and help them know more about the condition. This can make you feel more normal in fact because you cut the ice and have a down to earth conversation. Avoid certain situations where you know they could add to worsening your condition. This could be a social function or perhaps a long trip. Plan ahead and make yourself as comfortable as possible in those scenarios.


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  • Monday, 25 March 2019

As a bit of a homebody, I’m all for wearing comfy clothing whilst I’m pottering about around my flat…

I’ve never been one to stay in my PJs all day. I know that some people absolutely love it, but for some reason I just can’t. I have to get out of bed and get dressed, even if I know I’m spending the day chilling out on my own with no make up on and no intention of going outside. Because of this, I am always on the hunt for clothes that make me feel a little more put-together and productive, but are super comfy and not restrictive in anyway. 

I have added a couple of new pieces to my wardrobe lately that fit this aesthetic perfectly and I have been wearing them pretty much non-stop over the last few weeks.

The first combination is this basic, black and white, cropped tracksuit. I’m not usually a fan of the whole ‘two piece’ however this duo is really comfy and fits like a dream. The bottoms are a skinny fit, which is nice because they almost feel like leggings rather than jogging bottoms. What I like about them is that they are high waisted, perfect for hiding that little food baby, and I find the cut really flattering. Because they have such a basic design and slim fit, they are also perfect to wear to my yoga classes, so I can go straight from slobbing out to working out without having to get changed! It’s the small things right…?

I also really like the fit of the cropped top that is the second part of this tracksuit duo. I really like that it doesn’t have a hood, instead opting for a scooped neckline. I really don’t like that so much leisure/sportswear has hoods on their clothing. I literally never wear a hood unless it is waterproof and it’s raining outside. The fabric is really soft and the placement of the white stripe creates a really sliming and flattering finish. 

Another duo I have loved lately is this really cute, white, lace body and pair of black cotton cycling shorts. Being on the larger side of life when it comes to lady lumps, I can’t often get away without wearing a bra. Obviously when I’m in the flat on my own I don’t need to, but I still like to feel as though I have a little bit of support. This body offers just that as it keeps me slightly more put together, without the constraint and digging-in that comes with wearing a bra. I also feel like the body, although covered up with other clothing, looks really pretty and makes me feel more confident. I even wore it under a shirt on a night out recently and it felt so freeing not to have to wear a bra but still feel supported. 

The black cycling shorts, although not the most flattering of clothing items, is certainly one of the comfiest and most practical! These are perfect to potter about the flat in, and wear with little jumpers. Plus during summer I think they will be perfect to wear underneath dresses without tights – no more awkward picnic sitting - no one will be able to see my underwear! 


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