This post will be brief, but I think it VERY important in the arena of stress management.
You may not know “my story”, but for now (see my positive attitude), I am fairly disabled.
When I awoke I wasn’t certain which part of my body hurt the worst, or if I would even be able to walk today, with the help of the walker.
It doesn’t matter if I tell you ALL that is wrong with me, but what matters is the managing of stress and pain. I am an expert at that! Twenty plus years as a trainer gave me the best gifts. I use what I taught, and it has changed my life – even to this very day.
My first power source, and I must tell you, will always be my faith. I keep my faith strong no matter what happens, and I will never blame God for tragedy. We are humans with free with free will, time and circumstance and the results of our “choices” lay directly in our hands.
Genetics may play a part, but again, it’s not what we have in our hands, but what we do with it.
The first thing to do when you feel can’t do anything is to pray. I don’t care if you pray to the wind. Find something bigger than yourself and plea for healing, courage, and determination. The wind will carry your pleas to a higher source, which loves us all! I prayed to God.
The second thing to do is DIVERT YOUR OWN ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE PAIN AND DISABILITY. I admit I have access to pain medication – but I am in charge of it – not the meds in charge of me. It takes an hour to relieve some pain, and so I ate a bowl of cereal so I wouldn’t get sick.
Three weeks ago I quit taking ANY oxycotin! I did it on my own. I knew it would take “balls”, so I borrowed my husbands! (heehee). I am now in the process of weaning off the minimal amount of percecot I still take. I know for a while I must continue some, as one of my problems is both hips are so “bone on bone” I am grating new hip sockets. Without a bit of meds I really would be unable to walk until I get new hips…. but first I have to heal from the other disability I’ve been handed by poor medical care.
Anyway, to make this a post, and not a book, I will try to be brief.
1. Pray. At least be still at think of healing for a few moments. Do stretch before you leave the bed, even for a moment.
2. Divert your attention away from the pain and get up and do something!
Anything! I don’t work out of the home, so after a quick bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit, I went to the laundry room and began the laundry!
Pretty soon I was folding clothes and feeling better. I called the dog (petting a dog is VERY good for stress management) and then I got her a bowl of food and opened the back door so she could go outside when she needed to do so.
I breathed mindfully; all the while I was “working”. My next task was to start writing. I write with purpose. I want to share those gifts I been given with others, and particularly since I know they work.
Those are pretty easy steps to feel better. Modify to your own situation.
Right now I feel one hundred times better than I did upon waking. At some point I will have to use ice and heat, and rest. Later today I will go to physical therapy to work as hard as they let me.
STRESS MANAGEMENT IS PRETTY MUCH ALL IN THE MIND. If you don’t like it, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY. BUT YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN MAKE CHANGES.
I want you to take a moment or two, figure out what is best for you, and do it. There is a third suggestion. BE CONSISTENT. We are creatures of habit, and if you consistently do the “little” things that are right for you, you will learn to manage your own stress and it won’t cost you a nickel!
CREATE a beautiful day, and one in which you are captain of your ship.
I really care! (As an added note, these tips are invaluable for use in managing ANY type stress. Use them.)