So, I was not aware that April is Stress Awareness Month. Were you?
I have learned that stress is inevitable in this life. Some of my best ways to #shakeitoff are what you would expect, another way, not so much.
Stress is one of my triggers for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. One hour within a stress can bring a giant patch of psoriasis, intense fatigue and, inevitably, #SinuBronchAsthmaSitis. Therefore, it is always in my best interest to deal with stress effectively. As you would expect, I do use deep breathing and lavender essential oil to cope, as well as a gentle Hatha yoga practice. Forcing my body to relax is the quickest way to get my mind to relax.
I also love to hunker down, wear my most comfortable loungewear and watch a movie or favorite television show or series with our cat. These things make me feel safe. This may only provide a short distraction, but many times results in feeling calm and peaceful enough to shake off that stress.
But, these are not my favorite way. This may be fodder for the mental health professionals out there, but my favorite way to deal with stress is to ignore it. Many times, I can overthink things, ruminate and become distracted by stress. My husband tells people I have a disease called Peace. It used to drive him crazy, but I have rubbed off on him and now, he has it, too! Want to learn how?
1. I close my eyes;
2. And quote one of the greatest heroines in literature: "I can't think about that now. I'll think about it tomorrow."
Bonus points if you can name this heroine or the book title. Somehow, this decision to kick the can down the road gives me permission to feel calm. Many times, stress has a way of sorting itself out. Stress does not need my participation to make things better. Sometimes, bowing out and ignoring stress is just the thing.
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read how other e-health activists deal with stress. Until tomorrow.