stress and any tips for relaxation.

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oneday
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   Posted 9/16/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
i was just wonrdeing how every one relaxs. i hvae ben under so much stress lateyl thta my ibs pian has ben so bad. my uncle has jsut died two days ago. thta is the three persone in a yaer from my family to died. and a few yaers before thta my nan died. i hvae since ben diagnosed wiht a few chonic conditons. i am hvaeing counciling stil and am stil giong to the mental haelht unit. thne yestruday i had an accdent and fell of my bike hurting my arm. my gp has gievn me spasmonal to take as well as the anitdepressants.

i was jsut wonrdeing if anyone has any tips on relaxation i colud use to help control thnigs for a while.

dbab
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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
oneday,

I'm so sorry for your loss and your accident. I hope the meds help you. Deep breathing exercises work well for relaxation. I do it all the time now even without thinking (especially at work LOL) but it works well with anxiety as well. Do a google search on relaxation breathing exercise, I hope it helps you.

Take Care
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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Exercise and yoga....meditation too.


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   Posted 9/18/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My stress reliever - a Golden Retriever!

Yes she's my bathroom buddy, curled up at my feet when I feel sick. I joke she's my therapy dog but it's so true, she is very sweet when I feel awful. If I need to lie down, she's right next to me and puts her head on my stomach sometimes or just lets out a very loud sigh - as if to say, I know you feel ill, I'm here to help.

When a guest needs to use our powder room, our dog wants to go in there with them. They think this is so odd but cute at the same time. She even scratches on the door so they let her in.

And all because I have IBS woes.....brought on by having part of my colon removed (rectal cancer) and gall bladder out 8 years ago......lol

I suspect she'd still be a sweet dog even if I felt 100% healthy.....

If you like dogs, might I suggest visiting your local animal shelter and giving a needy dog a very good home? Dogs (and cats) are wonderful stress relievers and they inspire us to be heathier (walks, exercise, etc.).

Mary/Marsky

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   Posted 9/19/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you 100% Mary.

I have a beagle and she is the BEST!!! She is the sweetest thing and is always there for me, even more so when I'm ill. She makes a good heating pad too when she curls up next to my tummy :-)

She likes to be in the bathroom with me as well and even more so when she knows that I'm not feeling well. If I look very sick and in the bathroom, she sits there and stares at me as if to say... I'm keeping an eye on you mommy in case something happens. Its so sweet.

Pets are therapy as research has proved time and time again. Thanks for that reminder :-)
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oneday
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   Posted 9/19/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
thnaks guys. unfortunaly i am scared of dogs and am allegic to cats. someone told me reflexology so migth try thta.
sarah

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   Posted 9/19/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
dbab - you're very welcome. I resisted getting a dog when my daughters were very little but by the time they were 10 and 13, they had pestered us so much that we relented. Also my 13 y.o. was afraid of dogs and this fear was ruling her life (she wouldn't go over friends' houses with dogs, etc.). Someone said get a puppy and since our neighbor had the gentlest Golden Retriever, that is the breed we chose. After a few shorts months, I wished I had let them have a dog all along. Having a pet enriches your life in so many ways, that you just never expected them to. They force you to slow down and enjoy life. I had to smile at your dog making a good heating pad. My dog does the same thing. My husband and I still have his post-college, single days, waterbed (oh another wonderful IBS woes type stress reliever too!) and she just loves it. She gets on top of me when I'm sick too. I think dogs and pet just zero in our discomfort and just want to help us relax. It works for me!

Sarah - I'm sorry to hear you have a fear of dogs too, as my oldest daughter did. I should add that she lost her fear and went on to dog-sit for Huskies and large breed dogs in our neighborhood. But she couldn't get over her fear until we had a dog in this house, 24/7.

If I think of other stress relievers, besides hot baths, reading what I call fluff fiction (lose yourself for an hour or two), I'll post them. The only other thing I do in public is close my eyes in a public bathroom and pretend I am home in my powder room (with my dog too) and sometimes this does work. I just take that deep breath and pretend I'm home. I've had to do this while on vacation too. Times when you long to be home in the worst way.

Wishing you my best here....

Mary

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   Posted 9/20/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
My son was also afraid of dogs before we got ours, he would scream and shake whenever he saw one until he was about 5 or so. I always grew up with dogs from birth (as well as other creatures in the house :-) so a reasonable size/breed dog didn't scare me. My husband wasn't scared but he never had a house pet so it took lots of convincing on my part, I'd say a couple of years before he would let me get one. We got ours when she was a puppy too and it made such a difference. My son loves dogs now and not scared anymore. My little bea-girl is so spoiled too, especially by "daddy" (you know the one I told you who I had to convince to get her :-).
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dbab
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   Posted 9/20/2007 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarah, Mary mentioned hot/warm baths. I have to agree that is very relaxing. If you can find some lavender oil for baths, it makes it so much more relaxing. You are under so much stress right now, I hope you find something to help you. Thinking of you.

Take Care
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/22/2007 1:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I like curl up in bed and watch a good movie.

oneday
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   Posted 9/22/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
thnaks guys
i hvae tyred a relaxation cd a threw times but wehn in so much pian i fuonf it hard to relax. i actually went for a run today only for abuot ten mins but it helped. i am knackerd as un fit but feel beter for doing it. i thnik it may help to relax me in a fuuny kinda way. i did a fun run last wekend i didnet run all of it but it felt good. may be thsi will help me thuogh all the stress. mind yuo i can only do it wehn pian is not to bad.

Marsky
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   Posted 9/23/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
One more suggestion. Try a sitz bath. After delivering both of my babies, I held onto that butt ugly gold plastic sitz bath. It has come in quite handy, let me tell you! After my colon resection, my colon doc suggested soaking in it. It greatly helped. Now that those days are past me, 8+ years ago and my temp. colostomy reversed, also 8 years ago, I've used it off and on, adding either a little baking soda or Aveeno oatmeal bath powder. Even though I shower everyday, if I have a particularly active GI day, I just sleep better when I feel very clean and it does help the swelling I know I have, when I have so many multiple trips to the bathroom during the day. There's just something about soaking in that warm to hot water that is very soothing!

You can purchase these plastic sitz baths at any pharmacy. I pitched my bag and hose long ago. I just put the sitz bath in the toilet (lift the lid first) and fill with water. Just sitting in it until the water cools is very refreshing. Similar to what a biget would feel I guess (don't have that fancy commode though!).
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