Friday, 6 January 2017

Creating A 'Feel Better' Hamper

Creating A Feel Better/Get Well Soon Hamper

As someone who suffers from frequent bouts of ill health, mostly due to my IBS flaring up, I decided to put together a hamper of bits and pieces to help me feel better on such occasions. If, like me, you're prone to spending a lot of time in bed or even have the odd day when you're just not quite feeling yourself, then this blog post could well come in handy.

This hamper was inspired by the brilliant one I received from Buscopan at the end of last year. The hamper* contained some really thoughtful gifts including a Keep Smiling tote bag, a White Company Pomegranate scented candle (which I actually burned over the festive period, rotating it alongside my absolute favourite Yankee Candle scent; Berry Trifle), a Vogue colouring book and personalised colouring pencils.

So let's see what's in my 'feel better' hamper for 2017;

First up we've got my cuddly elephant. This hottie, which I bought from New Look last Christmas, doubles up as a hot water bottle of sorts (it's actually one of those microwaveable bean bags so there's no risk of it leaking) and a soft toy for me to give a hug when I'm feeling particularly rubbish. It's also lavender scented which is another big bonus and instantly calms me down. I'm seriously tempted to buy this little pug version next.

If you're someone who suffers from crippling headaches or migraines or if you simply want to try and get a little bit of shut-eye during the day, an eye mask is an absolute essential. This one from Soap & Glory is silky soft on your eyes and also comes with the added bonus of containing a gel eye mask, one that can be chilled in the fridge, that you can then add or remove depending on how you're feeling.

It's sometimes nice to have a bit of background noise on when I'm not feeling too great and a good box set, one that you've already seen a couple/a hundred times, always works quite nicely as you don't have to concentrate too much to follow the episode or season. I basically have Sex and the City playing on a constant loop in my house. DVDs also work well to simultaneously cheer you up and give you a bit of comfort.

Vogue Colouring Book

When I do start to feel a little bit better, instead of hopping straight back onto my laptop, I always find that it's better to take a bit of a break and leave the laptop shut. Flicking through a magazine, jotting down some ideas for future blog posts, doing a spot of colouring in or reading a book all work well at keeping you occupied without reaching for a screen.

And lastly we have a bottle of water. Staying hydrated is obviously very important, regardless of what illness or ailment you have, so I always make sure to have a bottle of water nearby.

Thanks to Buscopan for inspiring today's blog post. Here's a little more about Buscopan just in case you also get abdominal cramps caused by IBS:

Buscopan IBS Relief works differently to painkillers as it has an antispasmodic action that specifically targets the root cause of abdominal pain to quickly help the muscle of the bowel return to normal. It starts to work within 15 minutes, acting directly on the muscle spasm in the bowel to quickly and effectively relieve the painful cramps and discomfort of IBS. Buscopan IBS Relief is gentle on the stomach and can be used at the first sign of flare-up as needed. Buscopan IBS Relief is priced at £4.99 for 20 tablets and £8.34 for 40 tablets. Buscopan IBS Relief contains hyoscine butylbromide. For medically confirmed IBS. Always read the label.

This blog post is in no way sponsored by Buscopan but I was happy to include this blurb as Buscopan is something well worth trying if advised by your doctor, like I have been before.

What makes you feel better when you're not feeling well? Does a 'feel better' hamper sound like a good idea to you? If so, what would be in yours? And would you like to see more blog posts where I talk about my daily struggles with IBS?


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