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Coping with anxiety

2017 started in the most amazing way, as we welcomed in the new year whilst on our honeymoon in Australia. Even when we returned in mid-January, after 3 weeks away, I felt so refreshed and the most ‘new year, new me’ I’ve ever felt.

This continued for a few weeks; I felt so in control of my life and positive about everything. I was continuing with my weekly yoga classes at work and adopting some mindfulness activities.

And then my old, unwelcome friend, anxiety, started to creep back in.

So which coping mechanisms and activities do I find help me? Read on to find out…

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MS & Anxiety

Firstly I’d just like to say how delighted I am at the amount of awareness that has recently been raised around Multiple Sclerosis. There has been a massive breakthrough in a new treatment recently which has been allover the news. Panorama aired a special program about it too, which I definitely recommend watching here. Here are just some of the things I’ve read recently:

  • One of the articles about the new stem cell treatment: http://bbc.in/1lHNNP9
  • Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler announced that she was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago but decided then to keep it quite in case it impacted her career. I can totally relate to this and kept my MS pretty hidden for many years. Read her story here: http://wapo.st/1lHNKCM I particularly like this quote from her:

“It’s part of me, but it’s not who I am.”

  • Another actress, Amy Schumer, has been raising awareness as her dad battles the disease: http://bit.ly/1lHNUdu

All of this coverage is really fantastic and leaves anyone who has the disease full of hope. However, it is currently still a daily battle. Recently I have been struggling with something that many other MS sufferers are also affected by; anxiety. It got to the point where I was actually having anxiety attacks and I spent a lot of time researching how to cope with it and speaking to people in the MS pals Facebook group – they are a great support. So here are some coping mechanisms that I’ve found to work for me…

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This month I love…

Over the weekend I have been thinking about all the things that have been making me happy recently, so I thought I’d share some of them with you all.

Gogglebox

This program sounds ridiculous and it took me years before I finally decided to watch it and see what the fuss is all about. And now I am hooked! I could explain it to you but it will sounds insanely dull, just watch it for yourselves. Keep an eye out for my favourites, June and Leon!

Gogglebox

Source: The Huffington Post

Wedding planning

Yes it can be a tad stressful but ultimately I think it is completely awesome that I am planning the most important day of my life when I will be marrying my best friend and in my opinion, one of the most spectacular people on this planet. This time next year I will be a Mrs!

Wedding planning

Winter bedding

A while ago I saw my fellow Edinburgh blogger The Likely Lady Instagram some adorable ski themed bedding, so I asked her where she found it and off I went to Primark to get my own, et voilà! Not only does it look adorable but it is so soft and cosy – perfect for dark winter nights.

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Charity abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge for the MS Society

If you’ve been to my blog before then you’ve probably seen my post about what it’s like living with MS.

At the beginning of the year I was feeling pretty fed up of living with this awful disease and I decided to raise money and help others who I know are in a much worse way than myself. I also wanted to really challenge myself and so I committed to a charity abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for the MS Society.

A few weeks ago… I did it!

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Don’t look down!

This June I will be found dangling off the Forth Rail Bridge, an iconic bridge which can be found just north of Edinburgh, straddling the Firth of Forth. Unfortunately it often looks like the picture below but I am keeping everything crossed for bright sunshine on 21st June.

Am I scared of heights? Not really but then again, who does want to dangle from a rope over 100m in the air? I do!

Why?

I will be abseiling from the Forth Rail Bridge to raise money for a charity that means a great deal to me, the MS Society. This is because I have MS and I battle with it every single day.

More details about my abseil and fundraising can be found here.
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My story

So, I don’t think it is a widely known fact about me but nearly 10 years ago I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis). It was very difficult to come to terms with, I think I mainly just ignored it and got on with my life. Only my very close friends and family knew about the diagnosis and they were all fantastic. To be honest, it has only been over the past 2 or 3 years that I have been more vocal about my MS. It does help when people in the public eye raise awareness, for example when Jack Osbourne was diagnosed and when JK Rowling’s mum sadly passed away. So now I want to raise more awareness too and raise money to help us fight this cruel disease. (more…)

My Stamp of Approval – February

February was a short but busy month! We went on our first holiday of the year, hosted an awesome cocktail party at home and I signed up for one of the biggest challenges of my life!

Social and Cocktail party

Early on in February I was asked by the awesome guys at Social and Cocktail if I’d like to host a party. Now it’s pretty well known amongst our friends that my other half and I love a bit of a party at our flat so we were without a doubt more than happy to do this. We had a fantastic evening with lots of delicious drinks, fantastic friends and laughing. You can read all about it in my Hostess with the mostest blog post.

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