Thought of trying a Float Spa? Read here! 

Thought of trying a Float Spa? Read here! 

Hello lovelies!

Today I took time out of my life for me! I went to Zen Float Spa for some much needed RNR! To begin, this is not a paid post! I just had so many questions Float (lol) through my inbox after I insta storied a lil selfie of me and the tank that I thought it would be easier for me too blog it!

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For those of you who havnt heard of this, a Float Spa is quite literally that! It’s a lil Capsual/Tank bath filled with roughly 850 pounds of Epsom Salts and 200 gallons of water. Scientifically how the Salts keep you afloat I have no idea, but it does! It’s rather difficult to push your body down once you have began to float.
Epsoms salt isn’t actually salt, it’s a natural mineral compound of both magnesium and sulfate. Both are easily absorbed through the skin which makes the Float tanks a super easy and ideal way to enjoy the multiple health benefits. These health benefits include –

  • Enhances your learning capability i.e. concentration, memory, and focus
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Normalises blood pressure
  • Destress and relaxation
  • Increases athletic performance (energy, stamina, strength, quicker recovery, brain space)
  • Increases your body’s ability to detoxify with the mineral rich salt bath
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Improve skin tone
  • Helps release endorphins-the body’s natural opiates
  • Pain relief from injuries/ailments
  • Stimulates right brain activity which allows us to absorb and learn information on a larger scale.
  • Helps reduce addictive behaviour
  • Aides in female fertility
  • Helps balance hormones
  • Alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Reduce migraines
  • Relieves inflammation in joints
  • Increase magnesium absorption

I wanted to try Float for a quite a few reasons. These being it helps reduce inflammation which is obviously a big Endo problem, balancing my hormones, I’m literally a walking ball of stress and anxiety, I suffer from at times kinda hating my life, I’m always tired, struggle with back pain and I just wanted to relax! Plus, with the amount of pain killers going down my neck at the moment, I need any kind of detox I can get my hands on! So after reading the above health benefits, I just had to try it!

 

Both of my parents have been going for float sessions over the past few months and have completely raved about it! Every time id complain about lower back pain or neck/shoulder pain, my energy levels or my endo symptoms they would pretty much in sync sing the words “go to bloody float”.
You start by showering to remove perfumes and makeup etc, you then turn off the lights and then jump in the tank. You can choose to keep the lid of the tank open or closed, I chose to shut the lid. There are then lights on the inside of the tank which can be turned off or on. To start the session, there is music that plays for the first ten minutes.
For me, once this music turned off I had a mini panic at how quiet it was. My mind IS NEVER quiet, I’m constantly thinking 1000 different thoughts so after zenning out to the music and tranquility I was a lil freaked. So I chose to turn the lights in the pod back on. Once I had done this I felt more at ease. Next time I think ill ask if I can keep the music on the whole time (Nicole, if your ready this – please!!!! lol) so I can keep the lights of and stay in the initial zenned out meditative state I was originally in.

It was kinda trippy. At times I felt like I was floating all over the show however would open my eyes and find that I was perfectly still. I had times of complete silence in my mind whereas at other times I was thinking about me, situations I am in and what my future has in store plus how I can control everything! Time just flew by too, I felt like I was in there for only 20 mins max!

I did a 45 min Float however there are different options. Once your time is up the music comes back on for 5 mins. You then re shower to get the salt off you. Soap, towels, shampoo, conditioner and cleanser are all provided for you. If you have any small skin grazes the salt does sting a lil however you are provided with Vaseline to place on these to put a barrier in place.

My legs and booty were pretty sore because I’ve just started boot camp, they felt a lil better after the 45 mins but nothing drastic.

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I did feel very tired and just wanted to lay in bed with a cup of tea. However I also really loved life. I’m not sure if it was the floating or the time it gave me to think however I felt like I had a new understanding of where my life was at and where it was going. Sounds cliche but more than true. After nearly 12 hours having passed after my tank immersion I’m still feeling completely chilled, plus my lower back pains have pretty much gone and there is already a huge change in my neck and shoulder pain.

 

 

Zen Float Spa also stock a whole bunch of natural goodies. I picked up a really cute Charcoal Face mask and tried it tonight and absolutely loved it.

 

I felt no difference in my pains however nothing magically works after one try! I wasn’t expecting it to be an instant relief so I am 100% going to be an active floater. I cannot wait for my next session! Will be great to see after a few more visits how my acne, pains and energy levels are. Also cannot wait too see if it helps other endometriosis symptoms too! I really hope that by balancing my hormones it has a great effect. I also hope this relaxed and love of life feeling stays!

 

I want to add that for those trying to conceive, if I were in your shoes I would be doing this as much as I could as one of the benefits are assisting in fertility!

 

For more information click here and ill keep you guys updated on how I feel after my next few Float Spas!

 

Lots of Love as always,

 

A

x

 

 

Sleep Deprived from Anxiety? Try these Tips

Sleep Deprived from Anxiety? Try these Tips

Hey Beauties

 

I yet again want to touch on the forbidden ‘D’ word. You know, the one that is shunned. The one that people shy away from, that they squince their eyes at and get all agitated by. Thats right, Depression. I want to talk about how this ruins so many things. Including something that is so important yet over looked. How it ruins my sleep.

 

It comes in different shapes and forms. Some can function and do everyday tasks whilst others cannot make it a step out of bed. Each case is just as sad, scary and daunting for the individual that is suffering as well as those around the poor soul.

 

I am very open about the paths I walk down and the horrors that I at times face. I am writing this post from my lounge, it is currently 1.31am. Why am I awake? Well the hours I work (9pm-3am) definitely do not help. However thats not what has me alert and busy in the early hours of the morning. My issue is being alone with my thoughts.

 

I recently opened up about my smoking habit. Well, I just stepped outside for one – trying to keep myself busy with a cup of tea. However when I got outside I realised my phone was on 1%. I instantly got nervous as I sat outside,  scared to be alone with the absolute silence by myself. See I use to appreciate the silent night, the sound of the crashing waves I am lucky to have at my front door, the sky being the only thing to grab my attention. Actually, I still sometimes do. But for some god forsaken reason, this is sometimes my biggest fear.

 

As I have gotten older this has become worse. Now I’m not sure if this is due to the demons I have faced or because my mind has become wiser however non the less, it is an issue I face.

 

I often am so, so tired however find myself still tossing and turning. Its gotten to the point lately where I seriously need to distract myself until I am beyond exhausted to have any chance of having a peaceful sleep. Isn’t that sad?

 

I know a few of you will sympathise with me, simply because you walk the same path. You will understand how painful it is to lay there, praying for a break, wanting to get some rest. Both sleep and from your thoughts.

 

Im not sure if this is depression, anxiety or just down right not fair, however I wanted to share with you a few steps that at times, do make it a little bit better.

 

 

Artemis Deep Sleep Tea

Now I’m not 100% sure if this is a placebo effect, however it usually helps lol. I usually make a pot and consume it at least half an hour before tucking myself into bed. The tea contains a bunch of ingredients, they either help with sleep, reducing sleep and worry. Other properties that help with adrenal support, an overworked nervous system (winning) and that relieves tension disorders. Click here to purchase your own.

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Breathing

Yeah I know, may sound obvious, but did you know they WAY you breathe can help to calm you down and rest your mind, which then in turn rests the body. I was a yoga feign for a while and am a bit of a hippie so I’m all into meditation etc. Something I picked up from the above was breathing, and concentrating on the breathe to calm the mind.

I like to lay down, counting my breathes with one hand on my stomach to feel it rising and falling. Then, once I am on a calmer state and got a rhythm going, I then start counting.

Breathe IN 1-2-3-4

HOLD 1-2

Breathe OUT 1-2-3-4

HOLD 1-2 

Please note the above is just an indicative and you should follow the above as guide to a pace and count you feel comfortable. This should not all feel strenuous or make you feel more panicked then before due to loss of breathe or hyperventilation.

 

 

Counting Sheep

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K don’t laugh lol, it seriously works. Now I don’t actually lay there and imagine sheep jumping over a fence, counting them as they go by. But, what I do do (hehe) is count. From number 1 until I drift off. How does this work? Mind over matter baby. Your mindstarts to concentrate on the numbers and counting rather than whats worrying you.

 

 

 

 

Exercise

Apart from the obvious, tiring yourself out from working your booty off so damn hard, it also promotes a thing called the Circadian Rhythm, or in normal lingo – The Body Clock. This helps determine our sleep pattern. It also release the happy hormone in our body which helps fight depression and anxiety.

 

Put the Digital Devices Down

This is something ill admit I’m shocking at. However, watching tv, playing on your laptop, phone, tablet etc. The reason being is a thing called “blue light“. Blue Light disrupts the Melatonin your body produces. This is a hormone that gets you to sleep. Now by suppressing this from late night Instagram stalking, we are disrupting the sleep cycle which makes it harder/takes longer for us to get to sleep.

 

Now these are just a few tips and tricks for how I attempt to silence my mind. No they do not always work, but hey – at least we try right?

I am hope your mind gives you a break ladies, I truly truly do.

 

Lots of love and light.

A

xx

Apple Cider Vinegar and why I rate it! 

Apple Cider Vinegar and why I rate it! 

Hey beautiful people!
As most of you will be aware, I am a big Apple Cider Vinegar advocate. I often post photos and posts of me drinking it diluted in warm water and I chat about the benefits! I often am asked questions about why I drink it, if I’ve noticed changes etc so I thought the easiest thing for us all would be to write a post for everyone so we all have something to refer back too☺
Now I truly wish I could start with some super inspiring intro about how I got into drinking the stuff. Story is I can’t even tell you how I heard of this or why I started. I assume it was from following some health inspo page but I really can’t be sure. I do rememeber doing some home work before I started drinking it though to make sure there truly were some decent benefits.

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I had some ACV sitting in the cupboard from when I went through a phase of not washing my hair, instead of shampoo and conditioner I would use apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. My hair looked so good!! Anyway, after realising I had this stuff already and researching the benefits I thought how could I not encorporate this goodness into my life.

One of the first ACV things I want to talk to you about, is in my opinion, getting a brand that is unfiltered and organic, also containing ‘The Mother‘. The Brand that use is called Braggs has the mother and you can buy it from supermarkets and health stores etc. You can also tell the difference visually as it has murky colour too it. It also has “mother strands” which contain of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria, these are what give off the murky look.

There truly are so many health benefits to drinking this stuff, both related and non related to endometriosis. People who suffer from diabetes may also find this stuff beneficial as it helps to regulate the blood sugars 🙂

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ACV is amazing and it helps in the follow ways;

  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Assists in Healthy Digestion (which although I have not tested, could help with endometriosis belly bloating?)
  • Improves skin
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Eliminates Candida
  • Lower your risk of Heart Disease
  • Absorb more nutrients from foods
  • Balance the bodies PH Levels
  • Improves oral health

all of this is just to name a few!!!

 

As you will see I have written above, ACV helps with healthy digestion and bloating. The vinegar is beneficial to those who suffer from IBS (also an endo symptom) as those who suffer from this disease normally have low stomach acidity. The vinegar brings it to a normal, or temporarily above normal acidity level. This helps break down foods that our bodies normally find difficult to do on its own. By being able to break down and absorb the food promptly and properly, we lower chances of bloating. Before a meal you KNOW your tummy is going to react too, try downing an ACV diluted drink half an hour before consumption and seeing if this helps!22281301_1090018041128592_954082036_o

Now before you run to the supermarket and buy yourself a bottle and chug the whole thing down you, you need to ‘safely’ consume this liquid from god. Because it is SO acidic you must dilute ACV in water, I prefer to do mine in warm water as this is also beneficial for digestion. I have read you are meant to dilute the vinegar in a 10-1 ration, 10 being water 1 being vinegar. The suggested amount to also take is 1 tablespoon per serving.

A lot of people like to have this stuff before each meal, however I take mine when I first wakeup on an empty stomach and let it sit for half an hour.

If you cannot handle the taste, I suggest slowly building up to one tablespoon. Perhaps start with half a teaspoon and slowly work your way up. You could try adding lemon juice and.or honey to the drink to try and disguise the taste. Im not a fan of the flavour however find it drinkable.

Aside from all the above greatness, you can use ACV in so many ways! At the start of this blogpost I mentioned how I used it in my hair! I have also used it as a face wash and cleanser, take the burn out of sun burn and an itch out of an insect bite! DO your research on the stuff and see how you can use it in so many ways in your every day life!

 

Happy ACV drinking my lovelies

 

Love and light

A

xxx

Amber and Syd share their BFF thoughts on endo

Amber and Syd share their BFF thoughts on endo

Hi Ladies!

I hope you have all been great!

One night over a few wines and nibbles, me and two of my all time favourite humans, Amber and Sydnee were talking about my blog! It was decided that the girls should do a post for me, to help other girls out their who’s friends suffer with understanding and supporting their girlfriends!

Amber and Syd are amazing, they never make me feel guilty if i have to bail on plans, they are supportive as ever and are always checking up on me when they know I am not doing well.

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Below are a few questions i asked them, and their responses! This post is nothing too informative, its just yet another post looking at my life and a perspective from my AMAZING support crews insight to Endo.

These girls really are amazing and I wish that everyone had a little bit of Amber and Syd in their lives! I think after you have finished reading, you’ll wish you had their sparkle and presence around too!

Lots of love and happy reading,

How long have you known Annie for?

A: Annie & I have been friends for around 5 and a half years. We first met back in 2012, while both working in retail together! She is like a sister to me, and i am so proud of her recent accomplishments <3
S: I’ve known Annie since high school and we had a lot of mutual friends. We both worked for Wild Pair during/after we left school. We immediately gelled and realised we shared a lot in common! Over the past couple of years we’ve gotten a lot closer and she’s now one of my closest friends.

How did you first react to knowing she had a chronic illness, how did this make you feel and did you/do you have a good understanding of the illness and her?

A: I still recall Annies first surgery. It was just before I moved to Melbourne and lived there for a year and a half. At that time I had no idea what could be wrong, and thought it was just something to do with her bad periods and cramps, i remember her telling me how they were going to have to put an incision in her belly to put a camera through, and thinking how horrible that would be! During my time in Melbourne, soon after Annie was diagnosed she began to experience immense pain and troubles with her endo, and it soon became increasingly worse. As one of her closest friends i found this very challenging, given all i wanted to do was to be there for my girlfriend, and offer her my physical presence and support.I also had a very little understanding of this illness at this stage, therefore i had no idea just how much she was going through, but knew she needed me and was having troubles with other friendships at the time due to her illness.
S: When Annalise told me she had Endometriosis, honestly I had no clue what it was. I had never heard of it before. The ‘baby topic’ came up in conversation one day when Annie said she may not be able to even have children and that really struck a nerve with me. I sometimes didn’t know how to help because I didn’t understand it entirely. Tbh I’m still learning about Endo. I’ll never be able to relate to Annie about it but I know I’ll always try to understand, to listen and to simply just be there for her!

How does Annie having Endo affect your friendship?

A: Having a friend with an illness, you need to be aware of their feelings, when to be their for them, and to know when she just wants to be alone with her wheatie and snoozy (Annies fav teddy). The most important thing from my perspective is being understanding of the times she can’t go out for a big night because she doesn’t feel well, or having to postpone that coffee for another week.
S: Annie genuinely cares about maintaining friendships and the importance of putting the effort in, as do I, so her Endo hasn’t affected our friendship a whole lot.. it comes in waves so there are definitely times where plans change- we bring the wine to her place instead of going out, or daily phone calls become a weekly/fortnightly thing but that’s just how it is sometimes. Her illness will never come between us because we value our friendship too much to let it.

Have there been times where you have felt frustrated, helpless or confused?

A: Feeling helpless i am familiar with yes, as you know that no matter what you say, it isn’t going to change the fact she has to go through it, or dull her pain. It can also be hard to relate or know the right things to say. I always just try and show Annie my support, and for her to know i am always here if she needs me and back her 100%.
S: Helpless and a little confused, yes! I’ve never felt frustrated. There has been times where I’ve googled ‘Endometriosis’ but Annie has always been really clear when explaining it. You can’t help but feel sympathetic when the girl can barely stand to shower or do the dishes and simple tasks that I do everyday. That would frustrate me!

Do you have any words of advice for other besties of an endo sufferer?


A: My advice to other endo besties is to make sure she knows you care and has your support. There will be times you may not understand what she is going through, or know what to do but try to be understanding and put yourself in her shoes. Love her, respect her and treat her the same as you would if she wasn’t sick, because there will be times she will just want to forget about her illness, hangout with her girlfriends and shit talk over wine and nibbles!!

S: I think we’re all pretty quick to assume that if you don’t look sick, you can’t be THAT sick. That usually comes with lack of understanding, so one of the best things you can do is learn about her disorder. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or in my case googling it! And never push it aside and say “oh she’ll be alright, she’s just overreacting”. Acknowledge that sometimes she is not ok and be sure to check up on her and ask how you can help.

I have so much respect for the fellow Endo girls who continue to follow and support All About Annie! It’s empowering to watch women uniting together to spread awareness of this condition that is clearly too big to ignore.