January Health Essentials

The first month of the new year has passed by. Did the January blues hit you or were you able to stick to your New Year's Resolutions?

This month I've been working hard on new blogging ideas for the upcoming months and I designed a notebook for coffee lovers you can pick up in my store. Like I do every month, I talked about three products that made my life with chronic pain and fatigue more manageable.

1) Coloring Books

Adult coloring books have been pretty popular for a few years now. I have two books myself but I only used them on holiday or on the plane. Recently I have been craving more off-screen time. After working I had trouble relaxing. When you work from home like me, it is a huge blessing but it can also be bittersweet. In the evening it is hard to let go of all the things I could be doing right now. Both my mind and body were exhausted. I needed something to clear my mind completely.

I picked up one of my coloring books and just started coloring again. It doesn't have to be perfect. There is no pressure in making it look good. You can do it from bed. I personally love to lay down, color and listen to a good podcast. (In my November favorites I talked about how helpful podcasts are for me.) it's the perfect way to let your thoughts go where they want to go and allow your body to rest. If coloring is too hard for you, I'd recommend checking out the App Store. It's full of amazing coloring apps.

2) Rumble Roller

This month I've been working hard behind my desk. No matter how much I correct myself from sitting in the wrong posture, it still has taken its toll on my back, shoulders and neck. If you are in too much pain, or if you are too fatigued to do your proper PT exercise routine, the rumble roller is perfect!

This is a quick and easy way to lose the tension. It works on all your trigger points and massages a lot deeper than a regular foam roller would do. The first time I used it, I was a bit shocked by how intense it was. Once you get used to it, it can be a great pain reliever. Make sure to get advice from a professional before using it.

3) Boho Green Make-up Lipstick 311

My neck has always been a pretty sensitive area but this month I noticed how swollen my neck-muscles are. It usually is worse when I have a flare but this month it's been swollen on "good" days as well. It's not only the pain that bothers me but it can also make you feel insecure. It frustrated me I cannot do anything about it so I decided to focus on the things I can change about myself.

Make-up sounds like something superficial but it does help for us who are struggling with health issues to boost our confidence. Due to chronic pain my make-up routine is very simple. Some foundation to cover up acne and blackheads and a light layer of waterproof mascara. Beauty guru's on YouTube can be very inspiring and make me want to put on eyeliner, blush, highlighter, eye-shadow etc. It's just not realistic for someone with a chronic illness. Putting on make-up itself tires me too much. I prefer saving up those spoons for the event I'm going to. In the drugstore, this eco-friendly, cruelty-free brand caught my eye.

I picked up this nude rose lipstick that looks very natural but brightens up your face. I'm usually not a fan of wearing lipstick every day but this one doesn't smell and is very smooth. It feels more like you're wearing lip balm. Another plus, it stays on pretty long. Even after a few hours and a meal there was still some colour left on my lips.

*Where to find these products:

Coloring books: https://www.kleuren.net/product/kleurboek-vintage-patterns/

Rumble Roller: https://www.rumbleroller.com/shop.html#0rumblerollers

Boho Green Make Up Lipstick 311: http://www.bohocosmetics.com/fr/rouge-a-levres-bio-glossy/1498-rouge-a-levres-bio-glossy-311-love-3760220175229.html

*None of these are sponsored.

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