Stress~~ How do you handle it?

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   Posted 4/17/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
What is your best way to decrease stress? I am open to all suggestions. Thanks... Have a super day!!
Pommom/ Julie
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001...MEDS--Lomotil,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Levsin SL,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Ultram.and many more. 29 meds..

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   Posted 4/17/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
The best way for me is to take one day at a time.  Tackle on thing at a time and realize I'm not super woman!
Hope that helps.

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   Posted 4/17/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I exercise with cardio and weights at least 4 times a week kills many birds with one stone, aids with my symptoms of CD and sleep issues that I no longer have and hugely for stress.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 4/17/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I quit my job working for the school district and started a business at home.  I'm in charge and decide when and how much I work.  Very helpful with my Crohn's.  I no longer live to please others.  If a gathering is going to be stressful, I don't go.  I accommodate myself and my needs and my immediate family respects this.  When I'm well, I excercise, walk, yoga, tennis.  When I'm not, I allow myself to relax more and rest.   I am no longer wonder woman!!!!!!!!!!!! But that's okay, I take each day at a time and enjoy the good and try not wallow in the bad.  Hope this helps! Best wishes for health!

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   Posted 4/17/2008 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on a Disability Pension for CD and MS. I used to stress myself out a lot because I felt I wasn't contributing to society like I should have, and I felt like my university education was a big waste. But I have come to accept that we all have a different purpose in this life....when I get really stressed about something, I usually hopp on my scooter and take a nice long ride by the ocean. I stop and just concentrate on my breathing, and try to remain in the present. I try to notice everything around me, the birds, the flowers, trees, smells, colors etc....It really restores this tired old soul.
I find getting enough rest is vital also. I used to push myself but now if I I'm having a bad day physically, I make sure to have a nap in the afternoon or whenever I need to.
I read a lot , paint, play the guitar when my hands are not sore....and have a great support system. Talking to someone who understands is very helpful, which is why this forum is so therapeutic for most of us.
Journaling used to be a great de-stresser also.
You have to find whatever makes you feel "comforted" whether its music, or exercise, or maybe a pet.....and make time for yourself to experience these and let them work their magic. I think most of us , don't take the time to take care of our mental/ emotional/spiritual needs....which I think is half the battle in keeping our physical selves healthy.
Good luck....Will keep you in my prayers if you are experiencing any kind of stress....sending good thoughts and wishes your way,
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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   Posted 4/18/2008 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your ideas. I do love gardening and we have our vegs planted, so that will distract my mind some. and focus it on less stressful things.We have a pomeranian that loves to be petted.But that little pint size dog, thinks he is as big as a great dane...He and the cat arent exactly best friends. Ya'll have a great day. Take Care..
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