What’s the best way you deal with stress? How do you like to let loose to escape common stressors? Share with us your favorite ways to shake off the stress.
I think stress sticks to people with chronic illness like static and it is in our best interests to do all we can to shake it off. A difficult thing to do at the best of times I think, since chronic illness itself and chronic pain itself Causes stress to our bodies.
Get in the groove: Every night before bed I put on some tunes. Music can really boost the mood and I think in itself be a way to cope with stress. Shake it off a bit.
Zen out: Likely the most productive tool I have right now to combat stress is doing meditation when I can, every day, sometimes twice a day. It helps combat the pain and relaxes me. Helps me cope, to be honest.
Nap it off: Generally, if you have insomnia you should not nap and if you do it should be before noon and short in duration. However, I feel that there are exceptions to this rule and the exception to this rule is when I feel mentally and physically run down. I am in pain, there is no way to treat the pain. I am tired and fatigued. A nap sometimes is something that is beneficial when my body is feeling exceptionally stressed. I do not do it often because I do not want to overly affect my crappy sleep cycle, but when I do I feel better for it.
Take a soak: I am more of a shower person because hot baths make me dizzy and tired. Just have wonky low blood pressure. But there are times when I am sore and stressed that I want to have a good soak in an Epsom salt bath for a bit. I find it very relaxing.
Distract the brain: I likely utilize this more than anything because stress for me often comes with overthinking about things I can do Nothing about. Therefore it benefits me to do an activity that takes some brain power away from that overthinking. Like maybe just reading a good book. Or writing. Anything that actively distracts the brain.