Too Much Stress

April 22, 2010 at 10:23 am 5 comments

A Reuters article reported this week that, “People with inflammatory bowel disease commonly believe that stress can trigger their symptoms, and a new study suggests they may be right.”

YA THINK?

I am not sure whether I am humored or disturbed by this recent study by Canadian researchers. Maybe if more of them would get out of the lab and spend a week or two with some of us, they’d get even more perspective for what we go through. All I need is a bad day where my nerves are shot and my hands are shaking because I’ve got so much adrenaline and nervous energy pumping through my veins … and see where I am that night and the next morning. It’s not really rocket science here. Or here’s a tip for those who are on the cutting edge of colon cancer genetic research – come and test my blood after one of those days and see if stress impacts my MLH1 gene, or if I happen to grow a new round of little polyps after one of these seasons. I’ve got a hunch that there’s a corolation.

HOWEVER;

Although these researchers are just now finding some ‘validity’ to some of our ‘claims’  – it still doesn’t take away the real problem most of us face: too much stress. And while I’m sure we’d love it sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to isolate ourselves from it or just throw in the towel (although I do feel sometimes a total break from a bad situation is what it will take.)  But generally as a culture,we’ve got to find a way to manage our stress better. My colon takes a toll, while for others it’s their skin, teeth, weight, blood pressure (or all of the above.) I’ve come to realize that if we all don’t start taking steps in this direction, we’ll be sorry.  Some of us will get sick and deal with a poor immunity the rest of our lives, others will be on chronic care, and then some of us just might not even make it. Sorry to sound grim, but it’s reality. It will eventually kill us.

SO…

In the spirit of helpfulness, let’s talk about how to make this even a little bit better. Here are 5 things I am trying to put into practice when I hit those high-level stress days. Granted, I need to listen to myself more than I do, but here’s a start.

– Take a walk
– Landscape (a recent find)
– Boxing class
– Leave the situation
– Drink wine

OK … your turn. Chime in and toss out your ideas about how you try to manage your stress to add to the list.

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  • 1. Rene  |  April 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    – Music
    – Reading
    – Walking
    – Brainless TV

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  • 2. ditty1013  |  April 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Looks like April is crazy for everyone! I just did a post about how I’m dealing with my own stressors earlier this week: http://elizabethditty.com/2010/04/19/april-is-madness/

    As for my own stress busters, for me, a lot of it depends upon the kind of stress I’m dealing with. If I’m angry or frustrated, then some sort of kickboxing workout hits the spot. If I’m feeling melancholy or can’t shake a bad mood, a run sometimes helps.

    Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with all the things I want to accomplish, so I’ve taken to making to-do lists, which are basically just a plan of action. It allows me to break everything into mini-goals, quickly analyze how much time I think a task will take, look at how much time I actually have, and create a plan based on that. I actually outline at the top of my to-do list how much time I have, how much time my tasks take in total, and how much bonus time that leaves me. A bit anal retentive, perhaps, but it helps me feel more in control, and that’s usually a good thing.

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  • 3. Danielle B  |  April 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Now that sounds like a plan, Ditty! Love that idea. I think you should make that list into a template, print them on a bunch of sticky pads and sell them. 🙂 I’d buy one. And I agree with Rene too, I forgot brainless TV on there. That usually helps me too. 🙂

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  • 4. Rene  |  April 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Oh ditty! I love the satisfaction of crossing things off my ‘to do’ list! Feels like such an accomplishment, even if it is just “shave your legs”. ha!

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    • 5. ditty1013  |  April 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      Totally! I had “Watch Survivor with my sister” on their last week. Totally counts. 🙂 And TV’s totally a great stress reliever, even if it’s not brainless. I think part of the reason I’ve been feeling out of sorts the last few weeks is my favorite show, Chuck, hasn’t been on! Kind of sad, but true!

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