Kate the (Almost) Great

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 3 Natural Anxiety Treatments I Use

While I wasn't diagnosed with anxiety until March of 2014, I have experienced anxiety attacks since spring of 2012. And I the only times I take medication for it is before having a medical procedure. I have nothing against taking medication for it; it's just that I already take over 20 pills a day for my other health problems. Managing anxiety naturally is important to me so I can avoid taking more medications than necessary. Here's how I do it.

3 Natural Treatments for Anxiety - Kate the (Almost) Great


1. Yoga: While I haven't been able to do much in recent months because of my knee surgery, I'm starting practicing it again, and I'm so glad! The actual yoga helps center me, and the meditation at the end calms me and significantly affects my anxiety for the rest of the day. If I can't do more than a few breaths, I am more on edge. If I can do a couple of minutes, I am calmer. If I can do at least 5-10 minutes, I'm like a whole new person.

2. Natural Calm: This was suggested to me by a doctor back in February, and I am so glad he did. As they say on their website, "Natural Calm is the solution to both restoring a healthy magnesium level and balancing your calcium intake - the result of which is natural stress relief." I mix one tablespoon with cold water and drink it before bed and it makes a huge difference. I can get to sleep easier - which then impacts my physical pain, but that's another story. Once I go back to grad school in the fall, if my stress levels increase (which I'm sure they will), I'm going to increase my doses to twice a day and hope that helps.

3. Dose of Nature CBD olive oil: I was sent this to review, and I'm so glad that I was. I take a dropperful under my tongue, and it's a really "green" taste, but I feel an impact within minutes. It makes me calmer and more at peace. I've only been using it for about a week, and I'm looking forward to seeing if it helps me in other ways. Coincidentally, my chiropractor asked me yesterday if I had tried pot for my chronic pain. I haven't, but the RedStrap CBD oil has 70% CBD, so maybe it will help in some areas!


Natural Treatments for Anxiety




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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What A Book Launch Looks Like + Giveaway

As you probably know by now, I'm launching The Essential Grammar Handbook on June 2 (May 30 for members of The In-the-Know People). I've been working incredibly hard the past couple of weeks for this book launch, and today I'm pulling back the curtain and explaining what goes into a book launch.

What a Book Launch Looks Like - Kate the (Almost) Great


I actually used By Regina's 3-Day Create Workbook to write the book, and at the end of the workbook, there's an idea of how she suggests you market your new product. It involves an Excel spreadsheet schedule for what you do each day for 4 weeks leading up to its launch - not just business-wise, but also on your blog, social media, and email list. You only see the first week on the example, but it's a great way to get started.

So I made a 4-week plan and stuck to it as much as possible. The plan includes getting all of the business stuff set up - like accounting software and where I'm actually going to sell the book - and writing blog posts like this.

It definitely hasn't been easy. I try to set aside time every day to work on the tasks, and I schedule social media promotions and the like ahead of time. I work outside of the house on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so on Mondays and Wednesdays I try to get as much done as possible.

This isn't my first book launch; Aureole came out in July 2012. But I didn't do as much research as I should have then, or maybe the resources I needed just didn't exist at the time. So this time, I'm doing everything possible for a successful launch. It also helps that I have a platform this time around!

Giveaway time!


It's also time for the May giveaway! We're giving away a planner from Heart & Arrow Design. The winner can choose the blogger weekly planner, which I have and love dearly, or the hourly day planner, which comes in blush pink and seafoam.

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Heart & Arrow Planner Giveaway - Kate the (Almost) Great


The giveaway runs from 12:00 AM 5/25/15 - 11:59 PM 6/1/15. You must be 18 years old and in the USA to enter. If you cheat and say you did one of the items but you didn't, you will be disqualified. Don't be stupid (yes, this actually has happened in the past). Check out my privacy and disclosure policies for more information.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spoonie Spotlight: Cory

Welcome to this week's Spoonie Spotlight. Today I'm featuring Cory! Spoonie Spotlight is my way to use my platform to share the stories of others living with arthritis or an arthritis-related condition. The point is to share the realities of living with arthritis and to make others' voices heard. (New posts every 2 weeks.) If you would like to participate, fill out the form!



What's your diagnosis?

JRA / RA

When were you diagnosed?

Age 7

How long have you had symptoms?

20 years now

Have you been limited in any way from your illness? If so, how?

Yes. My hands have been severely weakened & always in pain.

What's your story?

I was diagnosed at the age of 7 with JRA. The problem with my diagnosis is that there has never been scientific data to really back up the diagnosis making it 100%. I don't swell, my blood work is clear, my x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds & EMGs show nothing, but I'm still in pain & still sore every day.

Growing up my pain jumped around. Starting in my foot & hoping to my knee, wrist, elbow, shoulder & jaw with pain always on the right. I attended Sick Kids Hospital until I was "too old" & outgrew most of the pain too. For about 10 years I lived mostly pain free with only the occasional flare up.

Two years ago I started having pains in both my hands & wrists & it's stayed put. I'm always stiff, sore & in pain. I've lost muscle mass, strength, grip, & energy. I've had to adapt to everything even including the way I open doors. Every day is an ongoing struggle.



How has your illness changed your life?

I've lost opportunities, strength, & motivation. I've had to adapt & change the way I do any chore in life. Everything has changed.

What are your goals for the future? (Not related to your health)

I want to travel & I want to be employed.

What are your goals for the future? (Health related)

I want to regain strength & help myself find a good balance between pain & living with it.

Do you consider yourself handicapped or disabled? Why or why not?

I try not to, but there are many things I need to say no to these days.

What would you like readers to take from your experience?

My case is one in a state of limbo. I'm not healthy enough to say I don't have RA, but I'm too healthy in that I don't show enough signs for aggressive treatments. I want others to know this exists & I hope I'm not alone. I also would LOVE for people to reach out for whatever reason if they find they connect with this. xoxo

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Friday, May 22, 2015

What I Learned from Doing #ChronicLife

A few months ago, the great #ChronicLife experiment was born by the wonderful Britt. She was fed up by self-filtering so many social media posts to hide just how much (and how) her life was affected by her chronic illnesses. So, for two days she live tweeted whenever they affected her life in any way. As she puts it, she lifted the veil on her life.

I thought the experiment was great, and then it turned into a movement as it was embraced and picked up by more and more sufferers. But I still couldn't bring myself to do it. I knew that I wouldn't want to know just how much my life is affected by arthritis and fibromyalgia. But then last week, I decided that I really should participate. Like Britt, I usually self-filter my social media posts. Yes, I post about life with my illnesses, but I don't post every thought. But I figured that I owed it to anyone else who follows me on social media and thinks that maybe my life with these conditions is only what I share. It's not. I just hide how much it is shaped by them.

Living with Chronic Pain - Kate the (Almost) Great


Like I expected, I learned that arthritis and fibromyalgia play an extremely large role in my life. It's much larger than I thought it would be. Every time they affected me last Wednesday, I tweeted about it. My phone was down to 40% by 11 AM, if that gives you any indication. (You can read the highlights of my #ChronicLife experience down below in a Storify slideshow.) I was tweeting almost every minute. It was exhausting physically as well as emotionally - it's hard to see right in front of you how much of your life is consumed by your illness. In fact, around dinner time, I stopped participating because it was too much and I didn't want to do it any more.

I hope that others learned a lot from my participation. I hope that some of my followers who don't have a chronic illness like arthritis now have a better understanding on what life is like for us. I hope that it helps them know how to respond or act towards us. I hope that - some how in some way - it helps other people living with chronic illness or pain.

Read the highlights from my #ChronicLife



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Did you see my #ChronicLife experiment? What did you think of it?



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