Archive for ‘Giveaways’

January 19, 2017

#515 – Lose Yourself (in an Activity)

I’ve found that getting immersed in something other than my disease is a good way to forget, if only for a while, that I haveonceuponpiecepaper a chronic illness. When you focus on the pain, it tends to reinforce that pain.

Researchers at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf used an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and discovered that mental distractions helped to inhibit the response to incoming pain signals. It was found that endogenous (naturally-produced) opoids reduced the amount of pain signals travelling to the higher-order brain regions. Study participants were given memory tests at the same time as heat was applied to their arms. As the participants devoted more attention to the problems they were given, the fMRI detected less activity in the spinal cord, which equated to the perception of less pain.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) helps people develop alternate ways of thinking and behaving in order to reduce their psychological stress. The pain study shows how CBT can play a role in pain management, as well.

There are a number of ways in which you can distract yourself:

  • Learn a language.
  • Take a course.
  • Join a singing group.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Lose yourself in an art activity.

One word of advice: Get good at listening to your body. Know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. If you take an outside course, you may wish to let the instructor know that you may have restrictions and/or that you may need more time to complete the activity/lesson.

To get you started, I have an activity that you can do on your own terms. Please see my giveaway on Auntie Stress Café for Once Upon a Piece of Paper – a collage kit that shows you how to play with paper (again). All you need are scissors, glue and your imagination to transport you into the world of creativity (and less pain). The kit comes complete with starter ideas and a packet of 100 printed pages ready for you to use. If you already use coloring books to help you be more mindful (and playful), Once Upon a Piece of Paper is billed as the next step up.

The giveaway, which is open to anyone, anywhere, closes at PT, on Friday, January 20th, 2017. Visit Giveaway: Creativity with Once Upon a Piece of Paper to find out how you can enter.

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December 9, 2016

#512 – A Giveaway That Makes Scents

headacheThankfully, I don’t often get headaches, but when I do, I reach for Headache Relief Serum from Purify Skin Therapy. The fresh scent of this roll-on product smells good enough to eat, and because it contains organic essential oils of peppermint, lavender, sweet marjoram, tulsi and basil in an organic base of rosehip seed oil and jojoba oil, it probably would be safe to eat. But don’t eat it, save it for those headaches.

This roll-on easily fits into your pocket or purse. Just make sure you screw the lid on tightly. I didn’t, and ended up scenting the area in which I was seated at a recent Blue Frog Studios concert. Oops! I hate to waste a precious drop. Suffice to say, people wanted to know what smelled so good! For a while, if I had a headache or just wanted to feel a little more lively, all I had to do was open my purse and take a deep sniff.

My husband tried it with his sinus headaches and reported that it did what the name promised. That makes a pleasant change, since headache relief for him is sometimes fleeting.

I’m excited to share this wonderful giveaway from Holly at Purify Skin Therapy. She has kindly offered a 10 ml roll-on bottle of Headache Relief Serum to one lucky person, just in time for Christmas giving – either for a loved one, or for yourself.

From Purify Skin Therapy:

Anyone considering alternative therapies should consult with their medical professional before using an alternative method of healing. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis. We do not give nor is any opinion on our web site to be construed as medical advice. Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.

All my dealings with Holly, the highly-qualified certified clinical aromatherapist who owns Purify Skin Therapy, have been a joy. You can tell she loves what she does.

Enter the giveaway for a bottle of Headache Relief Serum:

  1. One person will receive a 10 ml bottle of Headache Relief Serum from Purify Skin Therapy.
  2. This contest is open to anyone of legal age who has a mailing address in Canada or The United States.
  3. Contest closes at midnight PT, on Fri., December 16th, 2016.
  4. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment. (Mandatory.)
  5. Earn another entry by subscribing to my mostly monthly newsletter. (Let me know in the comments section if you’re already a subscriber and you’ll receive two entries.)
  6. For extra entries to the giveaway, get social:
    On Twitter? Share the following: #Giveaway from @AuntieStress for a 10 ml bottle of #Headache Relief Serum #EssentialOil from @PurifySkin http://wp.me/p1OifR-2rZ
    On Google+? Be sure to +MariannaPaulson when you share the link, and you’ll earn another entry.
  7. Make your way over to my Pinterest Board called “Giveaways”. Earn one entry by clicking “Comment” on Headache Relief Serum pin, then leave one. Earn another entry by repinning this giveaway announcement.
  8. If you decide to share on one of your other social media sites, be sure to paste in the link in the comment section, below.
  9. Good Luck!

P.S. Check out the other wonderful essential oil products from Purify Skin Therapy. I don’t know about you, but I hope Santa decides to shop here for me! 😉

December 2, 2016

#510 – Book Giveaway: Chronic Christmas

chronicchristmasChronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness by Lene Andersen is an advent calendar-style book that is brimming with common-sense and humour, and is also infused with personal stories (and family recipes), that make for enchanting reading.

On each day leading up to Christmas, Lene covers a topic that can not only help those who live with chronic illness survive this season of merry-making, but also thrive. She takes each day further by suggesting how family and friends can assist someone with a chronic illness. If you struggle with what to do to help your friend, family member, or neighbour, this section is for you.

Here is an example from December 4th in the chapter entitled Take a Walk:

Find out which kind of limitations your friend, neighbor, or family member has because of their chronic illness and adapt your walking to that. This could mean walking a shorter distance and/ or doing it slowly. You may also need to adjust the time of day that you walk. You may also need to adjust the time of day that you walk. For instance, if your friend is sensitive to heat, bright sunlight, or humidity, walking in the evening after the sun goes down is less likely to make their chronic illness flare (an increase in symptoms). Have a conversation about what you both would like to do and the aspects of your lives that affect how and when you walk.

If the buddy-system means you’ll start moving, walking, swimming, dancing and more, then I’m all for it. At the very least, you want to maintain your strength, flexibility and endurance when you have a chronic illness. It’s a bonus when you improve it.

Here is a suggestion from Lene that is music to the ears of someone who is going through a tough time, whether it be a chronic or acute illness, or a death of a loved one:

Your offer of help can do wonders. Not that elusive some day in the future that never really happens kind of help, but now. This month. Don’t say, ‘Can I help?’ Instead say, ‘I’m setting aside a day to help you before Christmas. When would you like me to come over, and what would you like me to do?’

People in those situations are often overwhelmed. They may feel like it’s too much to ask for all the help they need, so they quietly struggle to do the things that need doing. A definitive offer of help can be like a breath of refreshing winter air.

Bear in mind that it’s empowering to ask for help when you need it. Lene addresses this topic on December 20th. How? You’ll just have to read this book to find out!

Chronic Christmas is the little book that:

  • Gives you practical tips you can put to immediate use.
  • Can help you get through the holidays with a smile on your face.
  • Help you deepen your relationships.
  • Is for sharing and caring.

Enter the giveaway for a copy of Chronic Christmas:

  1. One person will receive a copy of Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness by Lene Andersen.
  2. Contest closes at midnight PT, on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.
  3. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment. (Mandatory.)
  4. Earn another entry by subscribing to my mostly monthly newsletter. (Let me know in the comments section if you’re already a subscriber and you’ll receive two entries.)
  5. For extra entries to the giveaway, get social:
    On Twitter? Share the following: #Giveaway from @AuntieStress for the new book #ChronicChristmas by @TheSeatedView http://wp.me/p1OifR-2rV
    On Google+? Be sure to +MariannaPaulson when you share the link, and you’ll earn another entry.
  6. Make your way over to my Pinterest Board called “Giveaways”. Earn one entry by clicking “Comment” on the Chronic Christmas pin, then leave one. Earn another entry by repinning this giveaway announcement.
  7. If you decide to share on one of your other social media sites, be sure to paste in the link in the comment section, below.
  8. Good Luck!

Buy the book here.

December 27, 2013

#496 – Button and Zipper Help – a Giveaway

Ora

Ora is available in different colours, sizes and materials.

When I contacted Rowan, she agreed to meet. We spent an enjoyable hour talking about her time at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and her motivation for her Väärtus line, which are beautifully-designed pieces that are as attractive as they are useful. Rowan understands that people who are functionally-challenged are interested in items that don’t look as if they were assembled for use in a factory. In other words, design can and does meet function when Rowan sits down to conceive her pieces.

The British Columbia Industrial Design Association agreed. They gave Rowan the 2013 BCID Student Award of Excellence for the products in her Väärtus line. Be sure to check out her work on her website.

She has kindly agreed to offer Ora to one of my lucky readers. This device will help you when you are struggling with your buttons and zippers. No need for velcro on those pretty blouses!

Rowan is interested in hearing from you if you have any ideas for a new product. After all, how often do you get a chance to chat with a designer?

How to Enter and Rules:

1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment, below. Perhaps you have a product idea for Rowan?

2. Entries must be received by midnight PST, on Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

3. This contest is open to anyone who has a mailing address in Canada or the United States.

4. For extra entries to the draw, let’s get social:

  • On Twitter? For an extra entry share the following: I just entered a #giveaway from @AuntieStress for Ora – a device to assist with buttons & zippers: http://wp.me/p1OifR-2dU. #RA
  • Make your way over to my Pinterest Board called “Giveaways“. Earn one entry by clicking “Comment”, and leaving one. (Repin it for another entry. Just leave a comment here, providing me with the link to where you pinned it on your Pinterest Board.)
  • On Google+? Be sure to +MariannaPaulson when you share the link, and you’ll earn another entry.

5. You must be of legal age to enter.

6. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, and on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.  

If you’ve enjoyed this blog, I hope you’ll consider voting for A Rheumful of Tips in Healthline’s Best Health Blogs of 2013.

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