Prozac – my word of the week

Prozac is my word of the week.

I am on my first week of Prozac after a break that did not work well for me.

For me Prozac leads to progress.

I sleep better.

I sing a lot and don’t mind that it is out of tune!

I move more getting more done and dancing when the mood takes me.

I am more motivated to go and get some fresh air which does me the word of good.

I throw myself into freelancing and home education.

I feel lighter and brighter.

I allow myself to relax.

I don’t get so cross and grumpy.

I am more fun.

I am more assertive.

I am brave.

Prozac works for me and I am OK with that.

Here is some official stuff about the happy pills!

What is it?

Prozac is the brand name for a drug called fluoxetine, which is used to treat depression and other mental health problems. It is one of a number of drugs called SSRIs. They are all generally referred to as Prozac, although they are different drugs strictly speaking.

Prozac usually comes in the form of small white pills that are prescribed by the doctor. They have been in use since the late 1980s.

How does it make you feel?

None of these drugs will give you a buzz – they do their job only when they are used regularly over time. It’s thought that Prozac increases the activity and levels of certain chemicals in the brain.

Most people get side effects when they start using Prozac. It’s common to feel a bit sick, dizzy, light-headed and headachey. But, if you are taking these drugs for depression or anxiety – keep going, even if at first you feel worse. The side effects will wear off in a couple of weeks and your mood will start to lift. If that doesn’t happen go back to your doctor as soon as you can.

Depression and anxiety can screw up your life in many, many ways. If you’re worried you might be depressed then seek advice as soon as you can

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A great start to 2016

I have had a great start to 2016 and hope you have too.

1. I have managed to keep Christmas going and the tree is still up! Our house, our way! My home made Christmas cake went down so well that I am making more tonight yet again,

2. I have had lots of sleep and at times to suit me so including some naps in the afternoon.

3. Him Indoors is back to working shifts we are familiar with which helps me plan my day better.

4. I have developed systems for things like housework, correspondence, bills and so on using a little purple book with VIP on it. It is working wonders! I even have labels on things which is unheard of!

5. It seems to me if you expect good things to happen they have a habit of doing so.

6. I find myself letting something go and long past the time I should have done.

7. I am able to help others who are going through tricky times having gone through similar myself – we can all do this!

8. Home education is growing on me all the time. I have worked it out that it is a bit like Christmas in terms of setting what you want to do, when you want to do it and playing to people’s interests. My daughter loves art and science. My son loves music and games. You cannot approach them in the same way all the time and it is good to celebrate their individuality.

9. I have got my charity shopping down as it was becoming a bit over the top. It is an indicator of more balance in my life.

10. I am very much enjoying having a new washer and drier (one of those new-fangled safer ones) as both packed up over Christmas.

11. I gave a reindeer a new home because I felt sorry for him.

12. I have started to feel stronger about supporting my teen as he approaches exams and so on at the grand old age of 15 having reached out for support on social media. Always ask for help – people are keen to help and often your stupid questions are the same ones other people have and are scared to ask.

13. I am back to healthy eating with a veggie curry bubbling away as I write and with a new weight loss linky for 2016.

There are other things but I don’t want to bore my readers so that will do nicely for now and you have other cheerful things to read.

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A funny old week

What a funny old week! Lots has gone right and surprisingly well. On the other hand, some things have gone awry and one big one in particular leaving me a bit glum and frustrated. This makes it a great time to reflect on the good things in my week.


Reasons to be Cheerful

1. The cheque was finally in the post even if in the wrong name!

2. I picked up some freelance work that I was not expecting making December more likely to be fun-filled.

3. My son did come home last night safe and sound after going AWOL until after 9pm! At 15 he is clearly developing a life away from the family and I need to respect that whilst still ensuring I keep him safe. That sounds like quite a juggling act to me!

4. When the man with a huge skyscraper of parcels in his arms walked right into me, it did hurt but I was not seriously injured.

5. My youngest son no longer needs glasses now he is not in school according to the optician as he does not need to read at long distances. This is great as he hates glasses. He is also sporting a funky new haircut to his own specification.

6. My daughter seems happy enough although often in her own little creative world or chatting on and on so it is Death by Pokémon!

7. I have enjoyed some lovely walks with my husband and pets.

8. Myself and Him Indoors managed a lovely lunch at a country pub.

9. I sorted out a mountain of paperwork.

10. I am still not stressed about Christmas but have started decorating the house.

11. My birthday is just 10 days away and I have a very good feeling about it this year.

12. Things that would have hurt me deeply in the past don’t do so now and sometimes I am getting lovely surprises from people that I have not always treated well.

13. Him Indoors seems to have got into the habit of bringing me roses on a weekly basis and I am not complaining.

14. Yesterday we had a shopping session of the charity shop variety acquiring a Giant Beagle soft toy which caused much festive hilarity and nearly got me thrown out of Subway. We are always at our best when we are laughing and being silly.

15. I started my weight loss programme about 1 year ago and didn’t I do well?

Now you have to admit that is pretty good for someone who was feeling glum at the start of this post.

A funny old week!

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Tips for sweet dreams from Tena Lady

Do you know how to get a good night’s sleep?

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We all know that waking up refreshed, energised and ready to face the day is essential to our health and wellbeing but getting a good night’s sleep is sometimes more complicated than it seems. You may have perfected your ideal sleeping position and invested in luxurious Egyptian-cotton sheets, but a snoring partner, duvet hogger or even needing to get up and dash to the loo can quickly burst your dream bubble.

In fact, recent research from TENA Lady has found that one in six women regularly have their sleep disrupted by night-time visits to the loo, making it difficult to get those much needed ZZZs.

Nothing should hold you back from getting a great night’s sleep – especially not bladder weakness.

That is why TENA Lady has created the Sweet Dreams kit, to make sure you sleep ea-zzz-y and wake up looking and feeling your best every morning.

This handy kit contains the essential items to ensure you’re well rested and ready for the day ahead. Because, let’s face it, who couldn’t do with a little extra beauty sleep?

Relaxing tea

Drinking stimulants such as coffee and alcohol before bed can stop you from drifting off and leave your mind racing faster than the Grand National winner.

Instead, sip your way to sweet dreams by unwinding with a ‘sleep’ tea. Infused with herbs including camomile, lavender and vanilla, it will naturally calm your senses and prepare your mind and body for a night of uninterrupted rest.

I drink far too much coffee and indulge in the occasional tipple too. I am going to drink a relaxing tea before bedtime and see how things change for my sleep patterns.

Bath bomb

Battling the night sweats and throwing off your duvet in frustration can make it hard to get to sleep. A warm, lavender-scented bath before bedtime will help to bring your body temperature down and prepare you for a blissful slumber.

Lavender can calm anxiety and ease insomnia, so why not transport yourself into a state of deep relaxation by soaking your body in loving lavender and essential oils to switch on your sleep mode.

I do love a bath bomb although there may be added night time stress as I battle my daughter for it.

Personalised robe

Who doesn’t love the feeling of coming home and changing into their snuggest sleepwear?

Reclining in your bedroom in a luxurious yet cosy waffle robe will give the sensation of complete comfort and help your body to de-stress as you prepare to wind down for the night ahead.

The robe provided with my name on it by Tena Lady is a delight. It really does make me feel special and I always had an image of me wearing a white dressing gown that never quite came to fruition until now.

Sleep spray

Tired of tossing and turning when you can’t shut down your brain at night? This is a big one for me as I juggle work, home education, pets and housework whilst trying to keep up with friends and family too.

Ensure you effortlessly drift off to the land of nod the moment your head hits the pillow by gently spritzing your sheets with a soothing lavender fragrance – restorative slumber guaranteed.

I love the luxury of a sleep spray something I would not normally have except when I stay in fancy hotels.

Positive mantra bag

Stress can stop you from switching off and leave your mind racing until the early hours.

For a calmer, happier mind, a positive mantra and preparation for next day will help you forget your worries. Pack all you need the night before so you can hit snooze on your alarm a few extra times in the morning – bliss!

I am not great at preparing for my next day but am finding systems do really help reduce stress levels. The bag from Tena Lady is beautiful and says “Hello Gorgeous”. It is daft but this really does make me feel better about myself and my day. Plus it came at the exact time that the plastic bag charges came in so now I can shop in style.

TENA Lady Maxi Night Duo Pack

Frequent trips to the bathroom and worries about leaks at night can stop women getting a good night’s sleep, meaning you may find your energy and confidence levels are lower than usual.

Bladder weakness is more common than you might think – half of women experience it at some point in their lives, with one in six saying it regularly disturbs their sleep.

For extra peace of mind, TENA Lady Maxi Night with Lie Down Protection gives you Triple Protection from leaks, odour and moisture. With additional length and width at the back for extra coverage and security, TENA Lady Maxi Night is specifically designed to give you confidence that lasts all night long.

For added convenience, TENA Lady, manufactured by SCA, has now introduced the new TENA Lady Maxi Night Duo Pack. Boasting twice as many pads as standard packs, the new Duo Pack format means you can catch an extra 40 winks rather than rushing to the shops to restock.

Why not take a look at them for yourself? Free samples can be ordered online at www.tena.co.uk/women

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The perfect gaming chair

What qualities do you look for in a perfect gaming chair?

My 10 year old loves the chair he was sent to review.

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It is a specially designed Gaming Bean Bag Chair which is really stylish. It is easily put together with little white balls providing the firm but comfy filling.

When asked to describe it, my son said “It is super comfy. It is ideal for gaming or relaxing on. I reckon I could sleep on it because it has a great head rest too. It is the perfect gaming chair!”

As a mum, I love how it has a cool design that looks right in a tween or teenage bedroom. I say this because I have every intention of getting one for my 14 year old too, a gaming obsessive.

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We have had a huge beanbag from this company before so can state that they can survive the demands of kids, cats and dogs and the rough and tumble of family life.

The beanbags are also great for seating in playrooms or when you have extra guests.

With Christmas scarily close, I have found you the perfect gaming chair for a gift and can highly recommend the beanbags for those larger than usual family gatherings and parties.

Available at www.BeanBagBazaar.co.uk with FREE UK mainland delivery.

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A Better Man review

“A Better Man” by Leah McClaren was sent to me to review as I take part in the BritMums Book Club.

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“A Better Man” puts the microscope on the marriage of successful and rich Nick and Maya. It was gripping to see a relationship so up close and personal but also very uncomfortable at times.

How many mums have felt that they need to throw themselves into stay at home mumdom to an extreme degree to justify taking time out from a career? How many of us have over-stressed the whole parenting things demonstrating an exhausting level of control and vigilance so that in the end our wellbeing suffers and our relationships are strained?

What happens if a third party gets involved at this very point and perhaps not in the way that you might think?

What are people’s motives and are they ever clear-cut? Can an initially deceitful rationale take a better turn? What if an apparent interest is your welfare is actually quite self-serving?

Who is a Better Man?

Things I loved about “A Better Man”

I found it was a page-turner and I was keen to know how things resolved themselves.

I thought the characters of Nick and Maya were well drawn. Maya in particular reminded me of myself as I have spent so many years trying to justify my existence in a variety of ways since giving up my initial career choice. Relationships inevitably change over time and sometimes we have to navigate as we find a new way of being with a changed partner or changes in ourselves.

Things I did not like about “A Better Man”

I would have liked to have known more about Gray. I did not manage to get a clear picture of him in my mind and I found that frustrating. Similarly Shelley was not described clearly enough for me to imagine her.

I found some passages overly descriptive. This is a personal thing. I hate the Brontes because they always seem to take 42 pages just to say it is foggy. I guess I am always more interested in the human relationships and the dialogue.

In some ways, I felt the book was about 100 pages too short. Incidents are covered to show us what is going on in Nick and Maya’s minds but I did not think there were enough of them.

I thought the ending was not as inventive as it could have been and put me in mind of Shirley Valentine which is not at all what I was expecting at all when I started the novel.

A Better Man is the second novel by Leah McLaren and is published by Corvus. The paperback edition is currently on sale on Amazon for £4 compared to an RRP of £7.99. It is also available in hardback and kindle format.

Shall I be cheeky and ask if you need “A Better Man” in your life?

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