Thursday, October 18, 2012

STRESS

Ok. I'm working on handling stress in healthy ways. I don't smoke, I don't drink... But I do eat sugar. I eat way too much sugar. I need to find out how others handle stress as my life is full of it right now. It's just lately I seem to be getting hit in every area of life... I know it will pass but when going through trials it's not nice.... I was just on the Cadbury's website and I found this... Now this could help with stress!! ... No? Okay... Moving on...
Since no one has complete control over stress we should probably do our best not to have heart attacks.
So I did some reading....
Apparently people do yoga to relieve stress. I can't even touch my toes, much less bend in those contortions! Also having recently had a cast removed from a broken leg, I'm Leary until I've reached the 6th month mark of healing about bending or pulling my legs, so wrapping them around my ears will have to wait.
Is this guy for real??? I mean... Why? Is that stress free? That would cause me more stress... hahaha!!

There is meditation... Usually done in the quiet.
I don't know what that means, someone explain the word "quiet" please? I don't even get quiet when Hannah sleeps (she snores), and if I do have anything that comes close to resembling quiet... I have to study. Biology degrees do not show up in the mail, they take years of study... No lighting candles, closing my eyes and mumbling "ohhhmmmmmm" under my breath...

Now this might have some merit... Here are a list of foods that are meant to help with stress and naturally improve mood, when I do find myself turning to sugar, I have noticed that the high is temporary and I crash hard, wanting to crawl in my bed and sleep, usually feeling "Down"... does too much sugar do that to you? This article actually says eat Dark Chocolate. Ew. I don't like it... not sweet enough (Ironically)... Of course "Whole" foods and Tuna are on the list, as well as Saffron, I've seen Saffron around a lot lately, for headaches and mood enhancement... Chicken Curry with Saffron  it is then!

I think the real key is exercise. Exercise for mood. I'M BUSY!!! Is that an excuse? It seems I find time in life for blogging, or studying. I don't watch TV, so no excuses there... but I'm beginning to believe I make more excuses for myself than I stand up and do something about it. I'm tired, I'm stressed, I'm down... Ya... people in our lives can have a huge impact on our lives, but how much am I bringing on myself by just not taking better care of me?

How do you de-stress? How do you find time for you? When do you exercise?





14 comments:

  1. I just wrote you a long reply, and then the internet hiccuped & it was lost.
    I'll try again...
    I used to live in the city, work in software (with a lot of overtime), while raising 3 kids & taking care of a large house. Stressful. Now I'm 60, my kids are adults, we live in a cottage in the woods, & we don't buy much so we have very few bills.
    But I am trying to improve my health... so here's what I'm doing. I do yoga for about 15 minutes after I get up. The thing about yoga is that you learn it and do it at your own pace. Teeny tiny baby steps. With each day, your balance & strength improves and it's amazing how great it makes you feel. I walk 1.5 miles 4-6 x a week. And I'm slowly changing my diet. Less beef - breads - sweets and more fruits, chicken, baked fish, salads, and so on.
    With 24 hours in a day, there's time for you. JUST TAKE IT because you DESERVE it. We women always put everything else first. But hey, if we do that, our health suffers.
    So just do it!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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    1. You have no idea how much this has helped me! Thank you!

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  2. I clean. I clean because when I am stressed I can get the "dirt off" if you will... when I clean it lifts it all away. I can physically remove impurities and I create a link between the stress and the impurities in my brain. Not that they are the cause, but that the messes 'round the house etc are the stress in physical form! The stress usually disapates and I can go back to feeling normal again :)

    I'm a weird one I guess! ;)

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    1. Not weird at all! I think anything that helps us cope with stress is worth it!!

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  3. I am afraid I can't give you any advice because it sounds like you and I have the same problem. I love sweets and eat too many and do not eat nearly enough veggies. As for exercise, ditto. When you discover the magic potion or idea that will save us, please let me know about it. -----
    Shannon

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    1. I'm normal then!! That actually does help!!

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  4. I turn to chocolate.........must be stressed today as I am chomping through a bar of Cadburys milk chocolate from England at the moment!!!

    Gill

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    1. Well if you have to indulge Gill at least you're doing it with the most perfect of chocolate :)

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  5. Tammy... it is hard to overcome stress, especially when time is a factor... even if you can find a few minutes to yourself, it will help. Do something that relaxes you, whether it is to take a bath, do a little stitching, a little creating, even cooking, whatever takes your mind of your worries... I know, it is easier said than done, especially when you are in the midst of it... regarding sugar, I haven't tried it, yet, but Xylitol (birch tree sugar), is a natural sweetener and supposed to help eliminate the craving for sugar, so try adding that to your tea or coffee and see if it helps... it does not promote cavities, is great for diabetics because it is not absorbed the same way as sugar, and I think it helps the triglycerides... so, sugar sweet in a healthier form! Hugs.

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    1. Hi Tammy... good for you for attempting to take "me time"... as for the birch tree sugar, I am not sure how easy it is to get, it is available up here because there are a few harvesters of it in the area and quite a lot of birch trees... the editor of a magazine I do some work for just did an article on it in our last issue, that's why I have learned about it... I need to try it because I "like sugar in my tea"... there's also a birch syrup for your pancakes!

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    2. I did see the syrup last night when I googled it!! I'm a sucker for syrup! I'm seriously going to give this sugar a try, I stay away from sugar substitutes, I know they are extremely dangerous... I don't even know why those cancer creating things are on the market! Thank you for all of your help Heather!

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  6. I find the best things to get rid of stress are fresh air and exercise so I combine these by walking. It makes it easier that I have a dog, so I know it's something that I have to do anyway, but even on days when I feel I can't be bothered walking, once I get outside, it makes me feel so much better. I've just come across your blog so I'm going to have a read back now through your previous posts.

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    1. I'm so glad we met Jo, I'm just taking it one day at a time right now. I know you don't like the cold weather but at least you're in a simply DIVINE country to have to suffer through winter in! I've never been to Leeds though! I must get out of London & travel!!

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  7. Curling up by the fire and a nice book, glass of wine - those are good ones ;) Have a great weekend!

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