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Stripping back your skincare routine to the bare essentials can sometimes help reset your skin, especially if you’ve been using a lot of products containing active ingredients or have had an allergic reaction. I also tend to strip back my skincare routine to just the essentials on lazy days or sick days so in today’s post I wanted to share my go-to skincare products for those days. 

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I thought I'd talk about some things which I find really help my chronic pain/illness on my blog today and hopefully, if you also suffer from chronic pain or a chronic illness then this might be helpful for you. Obviously, everyone is different and some things that work for me might not work for you or be your cup of tea and vice versa. 

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If you're a regular reader of my blog or follow me on my blog's instagram or my private instagram where I talk more about my day-to-day life living with chronic pain then you'll know that I swear by CBD products for my chronic pain, suspected endometriosis and my anxiety. I started using CBD after I became allergic to NSAID's after I had a severe allergic reaction to Mefenamic Acid which I was prescribed for my pelvic pain. Since that happened, I've basically been too scared to try any new prescription painkillers I've been offered by my doctor because I'm absolutely terrified of having the same reaction because I literally couldn't breathe properly, my heart rate was going crazy and I had an all-over itchy rash too. Obviously, CBD is natural and it's known for its anti-inflammatory properties and I do find that it does help with my day-to-day pain and my anxiety. My go-to CBD oil is the 600mg Oral Drops in the Berry flavoured from BeYou just because I really like the Berry flavour and it also works out cheaper than other CBD brands on the market as it's only £19.99 for a 30ml bottle which really is a bargain. I've also tried their Natural flavoured 300mg CBD Spray* which you can read about in this blog post. They recently sent me over their 1200mg CBD* to try out in the Lemon flavour which is the next strength up from 600mg that BeYou offer, so in this post, I'm going to be talking about how I've got on with the 1200mg Oil and whether or not I actually like the Lemon flavour.

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 I'm sure you probably know by now that I'm a big fan of BeYou, their CBD products really help with both my period pain and my chronic pain and their monthly patches are fab too. They reached out to me recently and asked if I would be interested in trying out their new CBD Gummy Bears which are exclusive to Superdrug along with their 300mg CBD Spray which are both products I'd never tried from BeYou before, so I obviously yes, please! I've been using them both for a little while now and I wanted to talk about how I've been getting on with each of them.
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I'm sure by now you will know that I like to try out different CBD brands and products on the market. I also know a lot of people read my blog who suffer from similar chronic pain/illnesses to me as well as anxiety and I do get DMs frequently about using CBD. In today's post, I'm talking about two products from Herts Hemp which are their CBD drops and CBG drops which I'd actually never heard of before until now. 
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If you've been following my blog for a couple of years then you'll probably know that I have chronic pain (lower back/pelvic area/suspected endometriosis) as well as anxiety. I've been using CBD to help with both for almost 18 months now and it's personally really helped me and I think it's a great product to try if you're wanting to go down a natural route when it comes to trying to relieve/help with health problems. I'm personally not too fussed whether I use natural products or prescribed medications to help with my pain and anxiety but I am allergic to a lot of OTC pills (including NSAID's) which makes it difficult when it comes to finding effective pain relief. In today's post, I'm talking about newly founded Evo Pure and their 3% Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil RRP £24.99* which I've been trying out for a couple of weeks now to see how it works for my chronic pain and anxiety. 

Their broad spectrum hemp oil is extracted from organically grown EU hemp grown using sustainable farming practices which is obviously a good thing to know. It's also made using the whole plant for it's "entourage effect" and is never taken from CBD isolate so it won't get you "high" but it still has all of the good parts of the plant which can help with things such as inflammation, anxiety, sleeping issues, period pain and more. It's also non-GMO and contains no preservatives or artificial colours.

With it being a "full spectrum" CBD hemp oil it means it contains combinations of CBG, CBN and CBC which all work together for increased effectiveness. 

Let's talk about taste because I know the taste of CBD is what puts people off or stops people giving it a proper chance. The Evo Pure CBD does have a slightly bitter earthy taste like a lot of CBDs oils do but it's not super strong and the taste doesn't linger for ages like some CBD oils I've tried before. Also if you do happen to buy and try any CBD oil and it has a strong taste then you could pop it in a strong cup of tea or coffee to disguise the taste (I've done this before and it still works the same!). Evo Pure even have some recipe guides on their FAQs section.

Overall I've found the 3% Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil has worked well for my anxiety and believe me, it's been put to the test over the past couple of weeks because life has been a bit crazy recently. But I wouldn't use the 3% oil on it's own when I'm having a really bad day with my chronic pain as it just doesn't seem to help a huge amount. I've come to the conclusion that on my bad pain days I definitely need to opt for at least a 5% CBD oil or more. However, please bear in mind that my pain is chronic so it's harder to manage over say having achy muscles after a gym workout for instance. So I think it's a good starter if you're thinking about trying CBD for yourself and it's good that they also offer free UK delivery on all orders.

Have you tried CBD before?

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Travelling never used to be a problem before my chronic pain started back in 2018 but now I find it hard to travel in a car if I'm travelling any distance over around 30 miles which is crazy, considering I was always up for spontaneous or planned days out when you're stuck in the car for hours on end before I became unwell. Now I find it quite draining and uncomfortable to be stuck in a car for even an hour and obviously that affects how I feel once I get out of the car too. So it's really knocked me back and makes me question what I feel I can push myself to do in general. However this year I've set myself a couple of goals and I've also thought about some things which could help me if I'm travelling further than around the 30-mile radius I can just about put up with. I'm not saying I'm going to jump on a plane and travel to a warmer climate any time soon but there are definitely a few places that I want to try and visit this year within the UK. Most of them are places which I used to love visiting before I got ill. So here are my "goals" and a couple of the places I'm hoping to visit this year.

My first goal is that I need to be realistic with myself and know that I'm not going to be able to walk around or do as much as I used to before I got unwell. But even if I get to the town/city I want to visit and walk around even half the amount as I used to, it's still better than nothing! It's places like Matlock, Bakewell and Manchester which I used to love visiting a couple of years ago, where I know I may now struggle to walk around now either because of my pain or the fear of flaring but the plus side is that there are loads of little coffee shops and things where I can go if I need to rest for a short spell. But when I know I've done enough for one day then I need to stop and go home and not overdo it. 

I also really need to make sure I give myself time to recover days after I've done a "big day out" as I like to call them haha. I'm a bit silly sometimes because I don't let my body properly recover if I've done something which is quite draining or could/has made my pain flare and then I just make myself more unwell for a longer amount of time. It's almost as if I'm punishing my body for not letting me do things I used to be able to do. It's kind of strange to be honest.
I'm also looking into mobility aids such as Lightweight Wheelchairs for travelling which could really help me when I'm in a big town or city. It also means I'd be able to push myself a little more and try and travel further distances because I know if I do travel for a longer amount of time then I know I don't have to worry about trying to walk around if my pain is flaring, as long as whoever I'm with is happy to push me around in the wheelchair. Obviously, with it being a lightweight wheelchair, it means it'd be easy to carry around in the car as well as being easy to take out and put back in the car after using it too.

I think the biggest "travel" goal for me this year is to visit Chester Zoo, which I know might sound really trivial to you if you are an abled person. But it's a big place and I haven't been in years. I just think it's a good goal to aim for because I really want to go anyway, I was hoping to go last year but I couldn't but that was mainly because of other things that were going on in my life as well as my fear of flaring taking over. I also love The Secret Life of the Zoo and every time I watch it, it just makes me want to visit ASAP. I'd definitely need some sort of mobility aid like a wheelchair to get around though so I think it depends on my confidence using a wheelchair too. But I really hope I can manage it this Summer!

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 I’m sure by now you’ll know that I use CBD products to help ease my chronic pain and anxiety. But I’m always up for trying out different brands and strengths and so on. I like to test out and review different brands on my blog as I do get a lot of DMs about using CBD and I want to point people in the right direction in terms of which I've found worked for me and which I found didn't work for me. I also like to let people know which have *that* earthy taste and which don’t and things like that. So I’ve recently been testing out Brown's CBD Hemp Oil in the 10%/1000mg strength* and I feel like I've tried it long enough now to give my overall thoughts.

The Brown's Golden CBD Oil priced at £39.99* is decarboxylated and filtered for optimum purity, CBD concentration and taste. It's a full-spectrum oil and contains 1000mg of CBD/CBDA, Organic Cold-Pressed Hemp Seed oil and a range of other supporting cannabinoids such as CBDV, CBG, CBC, THC (less than 0.2%) and more. The oil goes through an extra filtration process which gives it a smoother taste and a more golden colour than many other CBD oils. I personally didn't find the taste to be too strong and off-putting but I know some people are a little iffy about earthy tasting CBD oil. If you do find yourself with a CBD oil that has a strong taste then you can pop it in your tea/coffee to disguise the taste so that you don't waste the oil and so that you can still get the benefits from it.

The oil is also vegan certified, 100% natural, gluten-free, contains no additives and is also HPLC lab tested and at a pharmaceutical quality level. They recommend 1-10 drops 2-3 times per day and the bottle contains approximately 200 drops. I personally think you kind of just have to figure out what works for you in terms of dosage, as long as you're within the recommended dose. I guess it depends on your build and how your body takes the CBD too. I find I use less amount of drops when I use a stronger CBD oil such as a 10% one because it's obviously stronger. So I've personally found that 4-5 drops per day is enough for me for my daily chronic pain and also anxiety which is good. I tend to take it when I feel my pain is at its worst because then I can feel the difference when it's settling down which is always a nice feeling. I've also been a bag of nerves over the past couple weeks because I had a doctor's appointment booked that I'd been putting off since June and I was worried my doctor was going to switch up my medication again as well as some other things I was worried about. So when I was really stressing out a few days before my appointment, I found the CBD oil really helps to calm my mind and stopped me from overthinking which was obviously great.

Overall I would say that the Brown's CBD oil is a good one and I think it's priced well at £39.99 for a 1000mg in a 10ml bottle because when I first started using CBD I was buying a 500mg oil in a 10ml bottle for £40! The price also includes free UK delivery. So you're literally getting double for the price I was paying at the time. It's definitely the oil I'm going to be reaching for on my really bad pain/anxiety days because I do feel like it packs a punch and really helps to reduce my pain and also anxiety levels. It does have a bit of an earthy taste but it's definitely not as strong as some I've tried before. If you're interested in this oil or any other products they offer then check out their website. They also have a really helpful FAQs section if you want to find out more information.

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If you or someone you know suffers with mobility problems then making sure your home or their home is a safe and accessible place is a must. In this post I'm talking about some of the ways in which could help to improve accessibility and make life a little easier.

1) You could put hand rails in key areas such areas where there are stairs and also by any toilet in the household. This can help the person in need who needs the extra help to lower themselves onto the toilet and also to help push themselves back up again. You can also add a raised toilet seat which can make it easier to sit down and stand up as it reduces the distance the person has to go before they reach the seat. 

2) It's also handy to have something to hold on to whilst in the shower if you/they feel a little unstable. Adding to that you could add a hand rail on the wall by the shower or a grab rail on the side of the bath if you/they struggle to get in and out of the bath or shower.

3) Something else which I personally find really helpful when my chronic pain is flaring is having a proper shower stool in the bath as it provides a safe and sturdy place to sit when I'm showering and reduces the chance of causing any more strain and discomfort if my pain is already flaring up. It also has a handy push-button height adjustment system so you can choose how high or low you want the seat.

4) You could consider installing a lift in your home if you have limited mobility or if you use a wheelchair or mobility scooter. There are many different Types of Platform Lifts you can choose from and these lifts in particular are designed to help wheelchair/mobility scooter users to access other levels of a building at ease. 

5) Something else which I think is a must if you or someone you know struggles with their mobility is a grabber tool or what I like to call a "Grabby" which is basically what you may know as a "litter picker" too. Although it doesn't really fall into the "accessibility" category, I just thought I'd mention it because it's so helpful when my pain is bad and also if I'm home alone and I'm struggling to reach something or if I've dropped something I need on the floor etc.

6) Buying a firmer mattress or a memory foam mattress depending on your preference might be something to look into. Also adjustable beds and chairs are a great idea for many people who are stuck either in bed or have to be sitting down for most of the day due to their mobility/disability. This could also make it easier if the person lives alone or is on their own a lot of the time as it makes it easier to sit up/get up without the need of any assistance. 

7) And lastly is to declutter routes where you walk/use a wheelchair or mobility scooter for obvious reasons and make sure the routes stay clutter free. You should get rid of any furniture that's not needed and is in the way and rearrange the most needed and used areas to make it more accessible.

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I use CBD oil daily for my chronic pain and anxiety and I personally find that it works well for me, which you probably already know as I'm always going on about it. But it's literally the best thing I've discovered in terms of natural pain and anxiety relief. I tend to use a 5% 500mg strength oil on a day-to-day basis as I find that it works for me and I buy my 5% oils from various different places depending on how much I want to spend and what flavour (if any) I fancy buying. However when I'm in a lot of pain and I'm having a really bad flare up then I will opt for a stronger strength like a 600mg or 1000mg. I recently got the opportunity to try out Enhanced Biotics 10% 1000mg CBD Oil Drops* and in this post I'm going to be talking about their company and also how I've gotten on with their oil drops. 

Tom who is the founder of Enhanced Biotics was suffering with prolonged stress during his time at university. He rejected some of the prescription medication he was offered he began to search for some different ways of improving his well-being. He then came across CBD and after hearing about how popular it was in the USA he decided to give it a try. He quickly discovered that it was difficult to find a high quality CBD from a reputable supplier that had appropriately lab tested the product. After showing signs of stress relief from using CBD, he noticed numerous other mental health benefits and also found that the CBD was helping with his performance at the gym. He then envisioned Enhanced Biotics with the goal of helping others whilst providing high quality, safe and thoroughly lab tested products. 

Enhanced Biotics currently sell CBD Oil Drops starting from £29.99, CBD Capsules (300mg) which are priced at £21 and Vapes available in various flavours from Cool Mint Berry, Blackcurrant & Menthol, Mangoes & Cream and more.

I was kindly sent their strongest 10% 1000mg CBD Oil Drops priced at £59.99* (for a 10ml bottle) which is about the going rate for a CBD oil of that strength and size. They also offer free delivery with all domestic orders too which is a big plus. I've been using these drops on my really bad pain days and with it being a stronger strength and I can definitely feel some relief shortly after using it when I'm having a bad pelvic pain flare up. I tend to use 5-6 drops per day which usually does the trick. I'll sometimes have a couple more drops before I attempt to go to sleep just to tide me over during the night and also help me to settle my mind if I've had a bad day with my pain and I'm just feeling low. Even if you don't have a chronic illness or pain I've found that CBD oil is definitely the best thing I've tried for my anxiety and I've suffered with bad anxiety since I was about 12. I'm not going to lie, it does have a taste like most CBD oil drops (unless flavoured) but it's not the worst tasting CBD oil I've ever tried and believe me, I've tried some horrible tasting ones before. If you aren't a fan of the taste or texture of CBD taste in general then you could pop some in your cup of tea or coffee to help disguise the taste. That's what I do with CBD oils which taste really gross so that they don't go to waste. However I've found that I don't need to do that with Enhanced Biotics CBD which shows that it isn't that bad in terms of it's taste and texture.

Overall I'm impressed with the Enhanced Biotics 10% CBD Oil Drops* and I shall be picking up another bottle when I run out. I do find that my 10% oil drops last a little longer than the 5% bottles I use daily because I only use them when none of my other CBD products are touching the pain, so in my eyes it's worth the £59.99. I know it's what's inside what counts but I really like the bottle design too and you know what I'm like with cute or pretty packaging so I just thought I'd give it a mention. I'm also interested in trying out their CBD Capsules which contain 30x 10mg capsules at some point as I'm very intrigued to see how they work as I've never tried capsules before.

Have you tried any sort of CBD products before? If so, what did you think?

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 Some days I hate myself and I hate my body due to my chronic pain and I purposely don't give my body the self-care and rest it needs because I'm so annoyed (silly right?). Other days, I'm kinder to myself and stop kicking myself when I have to take a day off work, cancel plans and say no to a blogging opportunity etc. I'm trying to be kinder to myself as this is just me now and I have to accept that. I think anyone reading this with a chronic illness/chronic pain will understand where I am coming from. 

So how do I do self care when I'm basically crippled up in pain with my back or pelvic pain and can barely move from my bed and/or on days when I'm feeling really down in the dumps?

Catching up on sleep or or even allowing myself to have a cheeky nap in the afternoon if I really feel I need to works wonders most of the time. I've also found that using a self heating Space Masks eye masks* has been a complete game changer on nights when I'm struggling to sleep or even if I have a bad stress or hormonal headache. It is more of a luxury product but it does help.

I'm a big fan of using face masks in general and I prefer to use clay based masks usually just because they suit my oily skin the best. However on days when I'm feeling unwell or when I'm just feeling low but want a pick-me-up I tend to pop on a quick fix face mask like the Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Face Mask, Pixi Glow-o2 Oxygen Mask or a sheet mask. I highly recommend Yes To and Oh K! for sheet masks btw. 

I've come to the conclusion that Multi Use Balms are such a good invention! My current fave is the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream* and I always keep it either on top of my bedside table or somewhere in my bedside table drawers as I use it every single day. I've found it to be great to use as a lip balm, eye cream, hair balm and hair mask and it can also be used in more ways too. It contains Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly and Bee Propolis.

I really enjoy watching something funny and/or cheerful when I'm feeling rubbish. I'm currently rewatching Stella which is brilliant (starring Ruth Jones) and I'm watching the final season Jane the Virgin which always makes me laugh without fail. I also like to listen to happy, sing along kind of songs too just to try and perk me up.

I've found that having a warm bath filled with Epsom salts or Pink Himalayan bath salts has really been helping to calm my pain when it first starts to flare up bad. I obviously like to use some Lush products including their shower gels and bath bombs too. 

-L-R from top to bottom: Strike a Posie, Follow The Petals, I Feel Flower-ful
Gardenia My Heart, Merci Bouquet, Young, Wild and Free-sia-
-Wearing the shade Merci Bouquet*-
 I know it may sound silly but sometimes just painting my nails a pretty colour just makes me feel like I have my life together (when I really don't lol). I've been really enjoying Morgan Taylor's Spring Collection nail polishes* as they are literally my perfect kind of shades as I love a pastel or nude colour on my nails. I'm not too keen on super bold shades as I just don't think they suit me. The Morgan Taylor polishes apply so easily and they stay on well too. I also love the names of the shades - Strike a Posie, Follow The Petals, I Feel Flower-ful, Gardenia My Heart, Merci Bouquet, Young, Wild and Free-sia (see above photos for reference).

I don't want to sound horrible but sometimes talking to my family or friends on either the phone or via text is the last thing I need when I'm in a lot of pain or feeling low. It kind of drains my energy even more. However I know they are always there for me if I do need or want to reach out and have a chat or just to tell them how I'm feeling. I've got a good bunch of people around me who I know I can rely on and the past year has really shown who is really there for me no matter what and who isn't. I've also reconnected with some old friends over the past year too which has been nice.

Getting out of the house in general is quite hard for me. It's not that I don't want to make plans or go out shopping and etc. It's because I don't know how I'm going to be feeling from one minute to the next as my pain can just come on strong and that's it, I'm pretty much on the floor in agony. Thankfully I find CBD oil and balms help to take the edge off the pain most of the time. But I definitely have the fear of flaring up in the middle of a supermarket or shop and having a crowd of people around me wondering what's going on and that really plays on my mind even when I'm having a better day. But if I feel like getting out of the house then I will try to. Sometimes even just having a little walk down my garden and back up again is a good way to clear my mind and to get some fresh air if I've been stuck in the house for a few days.

Haley Neidich, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the clinical director of and has some great tips and advice on doing self care when you have a chronic illness.

She says "It's easy for mental health and wellness professionals to preach about self-care, but self-care takes real devotion and the underlying ability to care for, nurture and honour yourself. When you're dealing with a chronic illness, self-care looks much different. Self-care with a chronic illness is honouring where you are and what you're capable of on any given day and being very patient and kind with yourself on the days where you have less to give. In practice, self care can be as simple as closing your eyes for one deep breath, peering out the window to really soak in the view, listening to a great song that takes you away or having a morning journalling practice. One of the greatest gifts that those suffering from chronic illness can give themselves is the space to talk about their feelings. Talking to an online counselor is a great option for those you might be short on energy but nee the support." 

How do you do self-care and what ways work best for you?

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I've been debating on trying something different for my periods for a while and I was thinking about trying the Moon Cup but because of my chronic condition (chronic pelvic pain/suspected endometriosis) I was a little worried that I'd make matters even worse, which is obviously something I want to avoid doing. Which is why I decided to try out some period underwear instead. There's a few different brands on the market who sell period underwear but I got the opportunity to try out Modi Bodi Underwear which can be used for periods, perspiration, light incontinence and pregnancy.

I received the Light-Moderate "Classic Full Brief" RRP £19.50* in Black to try out. The Light-Moderate absorbency claims to hold 10ml which is equal to 1-1/2 tampons and is for light-medium period days, a back up for heavy period days or for sneaky leaks and heavy discharge.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about leaking when I decided to give the pants a whirl for the first time. I do have naturally heavy, painful periods and they used to be that heavy that I'd have to always wear night time pads all throughout my period (yep, really) but since going on the combined pill my periods have become a lot lighter and also don't last as long either (3 days at the most). Now my first day is what I would call moderate and then it lightens as the days go on. You can read more about my experience with going on the combined pill in this post

I decided to size up to a 4XL just because I didn't want to mess around the PR company who sent them basically but the 4XL fit me well and I still have some extra space if I get any bloating during my period which let's be honest, that always happens unfortunately ugh. So I would say the sizing is pretty spot on and they are so comfortable! I thought I'd be able to feel the area which absorbs your period (or whatever you're using them for) but you really can't. They just feel like normal underwear. Also if black isn't your colour then they offer other colours too from Blue, Beige, Purple and Grey depending on which style you choose.

So how have I got on using them so far? I honestly love them and I'm a complete convert. They really are a game changer. I've not leaked once! They absorb everything like Modi Bodi claim they do, so you don't feel like you're sitting in blood like you do when you wear a pad. I know it sounds gross but let's be honest, that's exactly what it feels like when you're having a heavier flow. Since trying them for the first time back in February I've bought another two pairs exactly the same as the first pair. I might get a different style soon (I've been looking at the Seamfree Full Brief or the Sensual Hi Waist Bikini) for a Heavy-Overnight flow just because I've been switched to different pill which I'm starting soon (the mini pill) and I know that can cause irregular periods and you can have proper full blown periods on it which is really annoying but I know if that does happen then I'll be backed up by my Modi Bodi pants no matter what. 

Overall I bloody love them (pun intended) and although I do still always have a pack of pads in just in case, I've definitely been opting for my period pants more and I just pop a pad in my bag like normal when I'm out and about just in case I do happen to have a mishap (which I highly doubt would happen). They also offer a 30 day risk-free trial so if they don't work for you then you can claim a refund.

Caring for them is really simple too! You just rinse them in cold water after use but don't soak them. Just rinse until the water runs clear and then pop them in a cold machine wash. Do NOT use any products to clean them with though i.e stain removers, fabric softeners and then just hang them out to dry. They are not only a great invention in general but also they are obviously great for the planet too because it's cutting back on your plastic use. I know it may sound a little pricey to spend £19.50+ on a pair of period pants but think about how much money a pack of pads or box of tampons costs each period? Especially if you suffer with heavier periods because I know I could get through a heck of a lot of pads per month if I was having my normal periods. Modi Bodi also say that their garments should last between 6 months to 2 years depending on the wash and care of the garments. 

 They don't just sell underwear either then also sell activewear, swimwear, accessories and bundles and you get £10 off if you use my referral link! If you are thinking about trying a different alternative way to deal with your period rather than a pads and/or tampons then I'd highly recommend trying out these because they really are fab and I can't recommend them enough.

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I'm always talking about how CBD has really helped with my chronic pains, anxiety and sleeping problems and although I'm still in pain daily using CBD has definitely taken the edge off my daily pain and has literally stopped me being basically bed bound like I was for the majority of last year. Throughout last year I received minimal help and advice from the many doctors and other healthcare professionals I saw and although I'm 95% sure I have endometriosis and I think I've actually had it since I was a early teen. I've just been constantly fobbed off by everyone and passed around like a parcel and just been told it's "chronic pain" which basically means you've had pain in this particular area for over a certain amount of months so yep, it's chronic. I just feel extremely let down by the people who are supposed to help. So I've taken matters into my own hands for now and I'm just going along with it as best as I can and I'm taking CBD oil daily and I've also started on the pill to see if it'll relieve my pelvic pain and I tend to use a hot water bottle daily and my TENS machine most days too. 
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I really like doing kind of "products on trial" type of posts because it gives you a mini review and update on products I've recently picked up or have been sent. I haven't done a products on trial kind of post for a while either so I thought it was about time I changed that. So here are some products I've been trying out recently and my thoughts so far.
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I know this is going to be quite a tough post for me to write and it’s going to be a long one but I think it's necessary to raise awareness for people in similar situations and realising when enough is enough in a job. Which is what happened to me after putting up with so much crap for almost 3 years in a job that made my anxiety and depression skyrocket pretty much during and after every shift as well as affecting a number of other things too. I’m also going to be talking about how I’m trying to manage working (from home) with a chronic illness which is all pretty new to me and something I’m still trying to get my head around but I’ll explain more in this post.