My Bimuno Experience: Week 1 – my burnout woes & drama

Disclaimer: I was provided with Bimuno in return for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates in any way.

My burnout woes & drama

So, the day before I started taking Bimuno, the dentist gave me some bad news which made me cry. What’s this got to do with digestive health you might ask?

Well, the point was that he said my molars were being eroded because of acid reflux and that I needed to go to the GP to get it checked out.

It was the message I’d been avoiding: my body was protesting at the state of affairs in my life to the point to the point where it was damaging itself, so I’d listen.

To say my digestion has been sh*t (no pun intended) for a long time would be an understatement. A few years ago, after a visit to a restaurant with my family, my digestion went so badly on the offensive in a way that was so offensive, my sister gave me the book ‘Gut’.

She said she hoped that it might give me some information to remedy the situation!

Long term pressure in a fast-paced office job, and also getting two of my own projects off the ground in the last 18 months, has not helped the situation.

‘Symptoms of burnout’ is a phrase I’ve begun googling obsessively quite a lot recently. It would appear there’s an epidemic – there’s a lot of us out there talking about it.

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Times long past, new memories ahead

2017 is nearing its close.   As the clock ticks over onto a new day, a new date, a new calendar year, I usually love the reflection that this time brings.  For the last few years, I’ve made a real effort to spend time alone plotting out the year ahead and looking back on the year just passed.

But this year it’s been a bit different.

This year, Cyrus our dog died. He was such a profound part of our lives and the most gorgeous, loving boy. It was heartbreaking to say goodbye to him.

Loss definitely throws into sharp relief where one has been squandering one’s energy on the unimportant.

In fact, in the days after he died, I felt strangely, manically energised by his death – as if life were in extreme high-def – where the normal everyday compromises I make out, of laziness or weakness, seemed like a profanity.

But overall, once that feeling settles, grief is an exhausting, ruthless emotion to contend with.

I’ve definitely been conscious of trying to outwit grief at times, simply because it’s such a deeply uncomfortable emotion. My experience of it is at best an all- pervasive, destabilising heartsoreness and at worst a feeling of physical, paniced choking. Continue reading

7 tips on how to shine on despite the winter gloom

It’s that time of year when, as soon as the clocks go back, everything seems to get plunged into gloom – both literally and metaphorically. Along with less light, lurgeys proliferate, energy levels plummet and the drive to hibernate becomes overwhelming.  I find it can take real effort to stay upbeat.

So I thought I’d put together a list to remind myself of what to do when SAD threatens to take over:

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Pranayama AKA getting high on your own supply

There’s a line in the song “Mouthful of Diamonds’ by Phantagram that goes ‘you’re getting high on your own supply’.

Although the song wasn’t referring to the yogic breathing techniques collectively known Pranayama, it might well have been, as these techniques definitely are a fast and effective way of getting high on your own supply, and in the process shifting your mood.

And what a supply!

The word “Pranayama” is composed of two sanskrit words – “prana” and “yama”/”ayama”.

“Prana” refers to the animating life force that sustains all living beings, and is similar to the eastern concept “chi”.

“Yama” means restraint and “ayama” means a lengthening. Thus, very broadly, pranayama can be understood as either ‘restraining or mastering the life force’.

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