I am someone who
has not been blessed with the gift of patience.My idea of Hell is to spend a day ‘relaxing’ in a spa.One hint of whale music; one slight whisper
of “and now relax”; one tiny
indication that I am being told what to do; and I instantly want to jump onto
the nearest table and dance. So! No
patience! Hate being told what to do!Not the best combination when it comes to practising mindfulness.
But I persevered
… mainly because I had agreed to do this and it was only fair to finish the
course. At the end of the eight weeks, I
ran out the door.No more
mindfulness for me.But I didn’t blog
about it and I didn’t tweet about it.I
was very aware that for the majority of people attending (all psoriasis sufferers)
the course had been a huge success.And
the last thing I would do is pour negativity on their experience.
Yet, despite my
antipathy, the concept of mindfulness never fully left my brain.I frequently remembered the one phrase that
had resonated with me, ‘Thoughts are not Facts’ and as my brain would rush ahead
and imagine all sorts of sensational and fatalistic events, I would remind
myself of this, and would try to bring myself back to the present again.
And so time
rolled on and six months later, I found myself in an interesting position.Yet again, the promise of clear skin was
eluding me.Another fail on the drugs
front and my skin flared dramatically – bringing me back to the stage I had
been at a year ago.After much research and
discussion with my dermatologist, it was agreed that I would try a newer drug,
still at trial stage, although due to be licensed in January.But this entailed four weeks minus any
systemic treatment, whilst my last drugs were ‘washed’ from my system.
I am a
worry-wart – I think it’s something that goes hand in hand with having
psoriasis and so I panicked slightly at the idea of no medication for four
weeks.How would I control the
skin?And so, almost despite myself, I
downloaded a mindfulness app to my phone.Headspace.It has 10 minute
exercises each day. (Note - just 10 minutes. Perfect for me and my limited patience) I’m on day 7 of the
10 day trial and my hands are up!I’m going to
be purchasing when my trial is over.
Because there’s something
to this mindfulness.There’s something
soothing about just dealing with the now.Not thinking about the past.Not worrying
about the future.In the past seven
days, my skin has definitely calmed down.I will still need the medication; but I think the power of the mind can
also contribute to helping the skin.
And so, six
months after doing the trial, I am finally willing to say that yes!I think it is beneficial.I certainly don’t think it can cause any
harm.In fact, I’m recommending it.Give it a go.You might be surprised.
I’m travelling to Basel
tomorrow to attend the World Psoriasis Day activities on Wednesday at the Novartis Campus.Come follow me on Twitter (@flakyfashnista) and
Instagram (theflakyfashionista) to see what my wardrobe choices are!
Today I’m having
one of those days that will be familiar to anyone who has psoriasis.A day when the skin just isn’t behaving …
when the colder temperatures are starting to have an effect … when there is a
danger of feeling just a bit fed up (oh how polite I am in print!) with the constant
But then … ah
then, you take a little look online and here’s what you find!.The cutest, shiniest, sparkliest boots that
cannot fail to make you smile.Today’s
wish is completely and utterly for those of us who have psoriasis.Because even if your skin is sore, these flat
boots won’t add to your discomfort … in fact, they will cheer you up.Wear with jeans and a sweater, just because!Or wear with coated skinnies and a silk shirt
for an evening out.Who says you’ve got
to wear heels?These blue checked suede ankle boots from Opening Ceremony are dressy enough every occasion.Just perfect in fact, for all us flaky
Just a quick
post from me today … I am in the midst of trying to put a presentation together with the
title ‘Clear Skin – What It Means To Me’.Obviously, I could wrap this up very quickly with just two words; Hot
Pants! ... but I think a little more is expected from me.15 minutes more to be precise!All part of the World Psoriasis Day
activities taking place in Basel next week (yes, prepare yourselves for some
more mirror selfies)But I digress –
during screen breaks I’ve been having a quick little look at what is on offer
during the mid-season sales.Sadly it’s
all window-shopping right now for me, but for those whose budgets are more flexible,
there are quite a few bargains to be had.
Starting with my
old favourite, Cos.I just love this fine silk wool scarf (I don’t know why they call it wool, as the description just
mentions a silk and cotton knit), offering a nod to the colour of the season
and now reduced to €25.
Next up is the Split Back Printed Blazer now reduced to €50.I’m not going to lie – I’m kinda’ struggling with this shape.The whole unstructured look is so very ‘80s
and I’m having difficulties getting my head around the shapelessness of the
look.But the colour is perfect for
anyone with scalp psoriasis, and if it’s an on-trend jacket you want, well,
this is definitely it!
There is also a printed scarf, now €23, in a lightweight silk and wool blend.A handy little number if you have a black coat
or jacket lurking in the back of your wardrobe but are worried about escaping
flakes!This scarf could be the perfect
The Top with Contrast Sleeves has my name written all over it.Slouchy, forgiving, white, sleeves,
lightweight (please tell me I'm not the only one about to expire from heat on occasion ... in October??), pretty
much perfect in fact for just €20
And who can
escape Mango right now?Constant
reductions are keeping them to the forefront of every blog these days.Having said that, the white jacket that I
ordered a few weeks ago went straight back.It looked as cheap as it was which rather defeated the purpose.
the code 5MNG, you can now get 30% off cardigans, sweaters, coats and jackets
until October 22nd so it seemed rude not to take a little look!This Cashmere & Silk blend sweater is
€29.99 (all prices pre discount) and in perfect colour choices also
And finally …
because surely the weather is going to change at some point? This long feather down
coat – €99.99 before discount.I have
one very similar to this which I’ve worn to death during the really cold spells
of winter. Definitely worthy of a place in the wardrobe.
And now I must
take my leave and return to my scribbling!In the interests of research (and desperately searching for inspiration)
what does clear skin mean to you?