Are you feeling a lot of stress? Our house has become Stress Central today. Because I have three blogs, you would think that would stress me out, but I really enjoy it. Two of the blogs are hosted on a different server and have been up and down for three days. I was told that in two days everything would be fine, but it wasn’t. So, today I’m moving those two sites to a new web-hosting service. And, that means the blogs will be down anywhere from 1-5 days. Now, THAT is stressing me out.
When you have commitments to post for others and big events that will be unavailable, it makes the job stressful. I don’t like to let people down. Another thing that’s stressing me out is that our older cars are breaking down. You know, when it rains it pours. And, the older Mac is showing problems. Some days it’s just better to stay in bed.
When all these things happen, my heart races and my chest feels tight. I suppose my Left Bundle Branch Block is going crazy right now. So, even though my living room floor is covered with wrapping supplies and UPS boxes are piling up, I just need to chill.
So, here I am, resting in the recliner trying to chill. The first thing I’m doing is some relaxing breathing. Being focused on slow, deep breathing helps my heart rate to slow down. While I breathe deeper, I’m also silently praying and thanking God for the good things that are happening today. I’m thankful for family, home, and provision. I don’t need to fear being homeless or going hungry. So many people don’t have that blessing.
The next thing I’m doing is telling myself that I don’t have to do anything today. The world will go on without me accomplishing anything today. I often have to remind myself that my worth isn’t tied to my ability to accomplish work. God loves me and will take care of me, even if I mess up my blogs or have a messy house.
Days like this are the reason why I always keep a frozen pizza around. My child will love it, and I can just relax about dinner. There are times when it doesn’t matter if there is nothing nutritional to eat. What matters on days like this is my mental and physical health. When things go crazy with life or if I’m in a flare, I have to calm myself down and take care of myself.
Taking time to smell the flowers…..focusing on gratefulness….praying….enjoying some calming music…. these things tell me to chill. What helps you when the world around you seems to go nuts? When I was a lot younger, I might just scream. But, I’ve learned over the years that screaming will just elevate my stress level.
Those of us with chronic illness are really living with physical stress every single day. Having an autoimmune disease, I know that my body is living with the stress that it is attacking itself. Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome means that my body is under another type of stress; having defective collagen affects every cell in my body. So, these stresses are damaging my body all the time. I can’t control these things. But, when outer stressors are affecting me, I have to do many different things to help myself.
I hope that when your stress gets out of hand that you will be able to get alone and try to calm down. It’s really hard to do, but those of us who live the chronic life must do all we can to reduce our stress levels. God bless.
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