Swimming Backwards

Have you felt that you were flailing around in the water? I felt that I was bobbing in a choppy sea. It seemed that treading water was exhausting and difficult. I was given a lifeline and following this introduction, below will give you insight on how to navigate through your struggles.

The following are some suggestions that I have recently received.

Mindfulness, Essential oils, Massage Therapy, Float Tanks and classes.

Learning how we can control environment instead of our environment controlling us. Mindfulness to me is similar to meditation.

mind·ful·ness

ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

noun

1 1.
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”

2 2.
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

I was introduced to Mindfulness in my Pallative Care appointments. To give you some background on My appointments: When I entered into the program, I was on 75mcg of Fentanyl patch, 10mg of Dilaudid, Ativan – as needed, Scopolamine patch, Phenergan and Ambian. The goal of the Pallative team was to get me off of all the Narcotics and other medications that were not needed.

I was prescribed Methadone and my meds were cut down slowly. I believe it took a little over a year to get off of all the Narcotics and the other mind bending medications. I am thankful to be off of the painkillers for sure. The side effects of the Narcotics can be terrible. I am just so glad that I was able to. Every now and then, I am prescribed Ativan.

I found that keeping a journal helped to keep myself grounded.

Learning to cope with life is a challenge for everyone. Life still ticks on regardless of what we do to slow it down. Yesterday my little one was toddling around in the living room. Now, she is a couple weeks shy of her seventh birthday!!!

In order to manage the challenges of life, people need a way to vent or an escape hatch. Mindfulness is one way. Yoga and swimming are also good examples. I haven’t found one that works completely. Part of that is because I have a chronic illness and that creates a big problem. I try my best to manage it, but it is usually is managing me.

I was recently introduced to Float Sensory Deprivation Tank. The idea is enter a Pod of High salt content. Usually the salt is from Epsom Salt. There is so much salt (800 pounds), that when you get out of the tank the salt settles on your skin and you need to shower it all off.

This is not a picture of the type of tank I was in. Mine was pitch black inside and no lights. The size of the pictured tank is similar. Once you get in the water and close the lid, the room lights go out and you are in a tank that has the same temperature as your skin. There are 3 levels of floating, I tried the 60 minute float. There is also a 90 minute and a 120 minute sessions. I did not fall asleep in my first session and that was because I didn’t know what to expect. My next session is coming up and I am scheduled for 120 minutes. Hoping I will fall asleep.

Once you enter the tank, I would recommend not lifting your hands over your face. Salt water stings when it gets in your eyes.

Massage Therapy is another way to help you cope with the issues that arise in your life. In the past, I went to a massage session every two weeks. My chronic illness seemed to be lessened and my back didn’t bother me as bad. I have not had a massage for a long time now. It can be expensive.

Yoga and Water classes can be good too. I am drawn to water and the healing properties of it. You are weightless and that is good for your joints.

Essential oils is something that I have recently been introduced to. They are amazing. I recommend that you get a good brand and organic if you can. My favorite smell is lemon. It is uplifting and I calm down some when I smell it.

There are several ways to use essential oils. 1 is through a diffuser. The diffuser is like burning a candle. The oils are added to the diffuser and it circulates the smells of the Essential Oils are sent around the room.

I hope that this brief post gave you some insight into the world of coping. Until next time, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Author: MaggieLu Skin(K)are

Hello! Welcome to MaggieLu’s Skin(K)are. I am so happy you stopped by. Here at MaggieLu’s, I offer organic and Earth Friendly handmade bath and body products. I started making bath bombs, lotion and bath salts for my family several years ago. I started making these because I was tired of all the chemicals. Later, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the fall of 2013. I received my first round of Chemotherpy on October 31 that same year. By the spring of 2014, I was cancer free. I believe that we should all have access to chemical free products or at least minimal processing. I feel that the Earth is in a lot of trouble because of how we have treated it. I have become a die hard Shark Conservationist and with every purchase, I donate 10% to Shark Conservations. Fun Fact: I can not decide which Shark is my favorite. So, I have 3. If I had to choose right now...I’d say White Shark. Then, the beautiful Tiger Shark. Third, the Hammerheads (there are several).

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