Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dealing with stress

I keep saying I'm going to start doing yoga (and there's even a video called "Yoga for Menopause", but like so many other things I plan to do, it hasn't happened yet! My stress manifests itself in ways that it's not openly noticeable to others and even I don't know all that is going on in my physical self. It's one of those things that you just know you'd better tend to.

I've been under quite a bit of stress for at least 3 years. I quit smoking, had all my teeth pulled, dealing with psoriasis, helped my son recover from drug/alcohol addiction, dealing with the IRS and of course, being self-employed. So, I've been trying to find ways to build my immune system back up. I'm beginning to think it's hopeless, but I recently started taking DHEA, plus I take vitamin D-3 and St. John's Wort.

Yes, I prefer not taking drugs for everything, but mainly I don't have health insurance so for now natural is my main option. I may as my dermatologist to write a prescription for Zoloft though, just to see if that helps the stress and therefore the psoriasis.

I'm trying to get a walking routine going again. That will help with the stress and my weight! I've done one day so far! Trying to build up to 30 min. walks every day.

What is your best stress buster?

3 comments:

  1. As dull as it sounds exercise is the key, gets all your bits and pieces chortling along. Can't you hear them murmuring contentedly after exercise??????????? My self esteem headed south recently until I took up exercise and its nearly (but not quite) headed due north of late!

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  2. Very true, isis....that's why I really need to get back to walking. It's really the only routine I've ever been able to maintain. Thanks for the feedback!

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  3. I find exercise helpful for stress too. Nothing strenuous, walking, swimming, cycling, but I am not too good at being consistent, I am very irregular and a great at procrastination.
    I always know what I need to do, but don't always do it straight away. I seem to wait until I am in a corner before I throw the towel in and do something about it. Each time I promise myself I will do it more regularly, but I don't. I think perhaps we beat ourselves up a bit too much about it and the remove the word "should" from our vocabulary. "Should" seems to put extra strain on my expectations of myself.

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