My sister and I are doing a Instagram challenge for the month of January. One of the prompts was bubble bath. Now with my new fascination on learning everything there is to drawing with the app Procreate, I decided try to draw a bubble bath in Procreate.
What I love about Procreate is I’m able to incorporate my own photography into creating brushes. I used a textured brush that I made from a pine tree photograph to accent and give texture to the plants. With the hair towel, I used a photo of a quilt that I made into a quilt texture brush . The marble floor is from a photograph of a marble floor that I made into a brush.
These are stressful times with Covid, daily life pressures, all the crap that’s happening in the political world. It’s important to take time out for yourself. Do some thing that will give you the peace and quiet that you so deserve. It’s so important to your mental and physical health. So if it’s taking a bubble bath, sitting by the fireplace and reading, going for a walk outside, whatever it may be, take your time.
For me, it’s creating art. Getting lost in my imagination and working on getting my ideas on top paper, the iPad, writing. Taking a walk with my husband and dogs.
If you’re looking for beauty, look within, we all have it. The lights, the darks, the intricate and simple parts of ourselves. It is all there. All you have to do is close your eyes, breathe in deeply, and let go of your preconceived ideas about yourself. You are a beautiful, complex being.
Here are some Saturday Affirmations
1. I am beautiful.
2. I am strong and I will manage all that’s thrown my way.
3. I believe in myself.
4. I am creating my day to be fun and rewarding.
5. I am confident that all will be well in my world.
6. I am grateful for the people in my life.
7. I am creative in how I plan my day.
8. I am relaxed and let go of all the doesn’t serve me.
9. I am breathing deeply and celebrate the air flowing in my lungs.
For over 10 years, I have had lower back pain. It wasn’t one thing that caused my lower back pain. My problem areas is herniated disc at L3 and degeneration at L4-L5.
Thought the years, I have had to apart new ways to move my body, do daily activities and manage the pain as best I can. Doing all of these with as minimal use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nurse. I am just a person who has been battling with lower back pain for years. I am always looking for tips and tricks on managing back pain. I am writing this post to offer to those of you who have pain in their back looking for ways to ease it.
Here is what I have found to help me with lower back pain.
There are many different creams on the market that I have tried.
Great cream that I use at night before bed. It helps relax the muscles when I sleep. Sleeping is tough on the back so this is a big help. I have used this on a stiff neck and shoulder. Wonderful stuff!
Great for nerve pain and when the lower back is on fire.
Let’s talk pillows! I find that my problems with my spine happen a lot during sleep. I am a stomach sleeper which is awful for the lower back. Over the years, I have tried so many different pillows. Here are the ones that I find to be fantastic for the shoulder, neck, and back.
Ok, I know this might look uncomfortable. BUT, let me tell you that it’s so comfortable and fits the neck perfectly. It gives a comfortable position for the shoulder to have some support. If you have tendonitis, minor tears in the shoulder or love to sleep on your side, it takes the pressure off the shoulder. This pillow has been a game-changer for me. Slowly it has taught me to sleepless on my stomach and more on my back or side. It took about 4-6 days to learn how to sleep with it.
This is a great pillow to place between your legs for lower back support. It’s not to thin or thick. To read more about good sleep positions for your lower back pain- Slide Show: Sleep Positions Mayo Clinic
You might think, why is she bringing up fashion for lower back pain? Well, shoes and purses are something I have had to make adjustments with. High heels and low heels have put a strain on my lower back. There are many different sneakers and shoes out there that are made for comfort. Here are my top ones that take the pressure off the lower back.
The most comfortable shoe/sneaker for walking and staying on your feet all day. I find they give great support for the lower back. I have been able to do hours of walking with these runners and not had strain placed on my lower back.
The loungers and slippers are also made for comfort!
What is beside me is my chair. Because of my back problems, sitting is not an option for very long. I work on my computer that is a standing desk (VersaTables). When I need to sit because standing all day is tiring, I have my chair right next to me to rest for about 20 minutes. If I go any longer, my back hurts.
My favorite place in the whole world is Positano, Italy. This is a picture from inside my hotel room in Positano. When things get rough, I close my eyes and take a mental vacation. I lay down on my heating pad, listen to one of the “insight timer” music or guided meditations.
I work on making my meditation area as peaceful as possible. Sometimes I spray the room with a Lavender spray or coconut room spray. I know Amazon has wonderful options. I also use an eye mask to make sure that it’s very dark to help me relax even farther.
Also, I use other images from my Pinterest board that I have collected that make me feel very relaxed before going into mediation.
It’s not easy to get motivated during a time like this. People get motivated to go to the gym every morning, do the very best job at work, Play their best game on their school sport, the list goes on.￼
Our new motivation has changed in the past few days. Now the motivation is how can we be socially distant and keep everyone in the family health. It’s not an easy task but it is one that I’m sure we all can successfully do.￼￼￼￼￼
Goodreads QuoteChange will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama
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